Posted on: Nov. 18, 2017 in Driving

Black Friday, the first major shopping day of the holiday season, is less than a week away. Shopping centers and mall will be overflowing with people – and so will the parking lots! You might be surprised to learn that 14% of auto insurance claims are due to accidents in parking lots, according to AAA.


Whether you’re shopping for family and friends or just trying to pick up some essentials, here are some tips to help you avoid parking lot collisions.

Choose Your Spot Wisely

  • Park in the back of the lot. There are often fewer cars there and your chances of getting hit are lower.
  • Back into your spot. Pulling out head first is easier because it’s easier to see what’s going on around you.
  • Don’t park on the end of a row. Turning vehicles may clip your car if you’re on the end.

The Rules of the Road Still Apply

Just because you’re in a parking lot, don’t drive in an unsafe manner. These tips still apply:

  • Watch for cars backing out and pedestrians popping out from behind vehicles.
  • Never assume someone else sees you and knows what you’re about to do.
  • Slow down.
  • Follow traffic arrows and signs.
  • Don’t stop abruptly as this can lead to getting rear-ended.
  • Keep moving. Waiting for a spot to open can lead to congestion in the lot.
  • Stay calm, even if someone is trying to rush you out of a spot or get around you while you wait for someone else to pull out.

Put Your Phone Down

Driving in a parking lot is no different than driving on the road when it comes to cell phone usage. If the car is in motion, the phone should be off and out of reach. You’ll need all your focus to watch for other cars and shoppers!

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