26 Oct Parking Lot Safety
When thinking of parking lots, most people don’t normally think of the potential hazards associated them. Parking lots are designed for vehicles not pedestrians yet, there are generally a significant amount of pedestrians in a parking lot.
Pedestrian Safety in Parking Lots
As a pedestrian in a parking lot, you should be extremely cautious of vehicles backing in/out of parking spots and also vehicles speeding through the parking lot.
Some tips to follow:
- Always be aware of your surroundings-keep your head up and your eyes open. Stay off your phone and definitely DO NOT TEXT AND WALK.
- Look both ways as you cross lanes and always use the crosswalks and sidewalks if available.
- Avoid areas where drivers would not be able to see you.
- Be careful when wearing jackets with hoods and using umbrellas not to block your field of vision.
Driver Safety in Parking Lots
- Always choose a pull-through parking space when available.
- Motorcyclists and bicycle drivers are to follow the same rules as vehicles.
- SLOW DOWN! The speed is generally 10 MPH in parking lots. Any faster speeds may result in an accident. An accident with a pedestrian could be really serious or even fatal.
- Reduce speeds even more in bad weather. In wet weather, your vehicle has a higher chance of skidding.
- Be cautious in parking garages. The spaces are tight and the clearance is low. It is also harder to spot pedestrians so drive more cautiously.