Parking Lot Safety Tips for Black Friday

While Cyber Monday might keep some savings-seekers at home on their computers, Black Friday is still estimated to lure roughly 114.6 million people out onto the road in search of the elusive doorbuster deal. And as we’ve all seen in year’s past, all these shoppers lead to terrible traffic, crowded malls—and dangerous parking lots. Shopping centers will be bursting at the seams, with parking lots combining vulnerable pedestrians and impatient cars.

Get in those shopping center doors safely, so you can get half off your favorite bed sheets. Here are some Parking Lot Safety Tips that we hope will keep you and your family safe during this shopping holiday season.

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Here are the Top 10 Parking Lot Safety Tips according to AAA:

1. Stay on guard in parking lots. Be aware of your surroundings and park in well-lit areas when shopping during early morning hours and at night. When returning to your vehicle, have keys ready in hand, check under your car and in the back seat before getting in, and lock your doors as soon as you get in. Watch for loiterers and report suspicious people.

2. See and be seen. Use your headlights when scouring parking garages for spaces, even in the daytime. Avoid parking between a pair of tall SUVs or minivans where it might be hard for you to back out of the space. If you can’t see well enough to back out safely, get help from one of your passengers.

3. Slow down, buckle up and obey the laws. Drive the speed limit, stop at stop signs, don’t park in spaces designated for disabled persons, and don’t text and/or talk on the phone. Ensure all passengers are buckled up even if it is a short trip to another part of the parking lot, as even a low-speed collision can result in injuries.

4. Head for the side door. Many shoppers prefer to park near their favorite stores or near the mall entrance. Most malls have secondary entrances on the sides, and those entrances usually have less traffic and additional convenient spaces.

5. Play the outfield. Outlying areas normally have more open spaces, lighter traffic and a lower risk of collision. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to walk off the holiday treats. In some cases, however, those spaces may not be as secure so be aware of the risks.

6. Refrain from reverse. If possible, avoid backing out of a space by either backing into it or pulling through two spaces that are open nose-to-nose.

7. Look out for children and distracted pedestrians. It can be difficult to see small children in busy parking lots, who may make quick, unpredictable movements. Hold the hands of your children to keep them safe from traffic. Also, watch out for those focused on their smartphones.

8. Stay on track and alert. Pedestrians should use walkways and crosswalks, if available. If walking in the traffic lanes is unavoidable, be alert for subtle cues — including exhaust or reverse lights — that signal a vehicle is about to pull out.

9. Lock your car and hide valuables. Thieves like to window shop. Place all shopping bags and valuables in the trunk, including the GPS and its mount, and always lock your car. Remove any evidence, such as GPS suction cup marks from the vehicle’s windshield. It takes a thief just seconds to smash a window and steal your shopping loot.

10. Just stay home and wait until Cyber Monday. Many retailers will have special online promotions on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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Even with the best precautions accidents can happen. In the event that you or a family member are injured over the holiday weekend please know that we are available to answer your questions. Please call 407-839-0866 to speak with one of the experienced Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys at The Maher Law Firm.