THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
Be Aware - Turn Down the radio and ignore the text until you're safely parked. When leaving, turn off your cell phone and set your navigation system before moving the car.
Avoid Tight Spots - Avoid parking in tight spots or between two larger vehicles, which could block your view of other cars and pedestrians.
Distance Yourself - Park further back to avoid dinds and scratches that occur in high volume areas with narrow spaces. Opt for the exercise.
Park in the Center - Parking over the line diagonally or not pulling into a space far enough increases your likelihood of being involved in a parking lot accident. Take time to adjust to the middle of the parking space. It's worth it since most offenders don't leave a note and you're left with the expense.
Expect Pedestrians - People carrying groceries or other purchases could also be shepherding hard-to-see children. Take extra caution when backing out.
Pull Through - If you can, look for a parking space that allows you to pull right through so that you can pull out easily when you leave.