Getting behind the wheel for the first time is exciting but terrifying at the same time. Along with navigating along major highways like I-264 and I-464, you also have to learn how to drive on secondary streets and parking lots. Although parking lots seem relatively safe, the truth is one out of every five accidents occur in these areas.
Parking lots present a variety of different dangers. In addition to vehicles driving around in tight quarters and coming at you from all directions, parking lots also feature pedestrians who often walk around without paying much attention to what is going on. Many also assume that drivers will stop for them, not taking into account that their actions can cause accidents.
Parking Lot Tips for New Drivers
One of the most important tips for new drivers is to stay focused on what is going on around you, which means putting your phone away, refraining from talking to passengers, and giving all of your attention to the road. However, you can also increase your chances of staying safe by:
- Looking for and obeying any “one way” signs in the lot.
- Watching for other drivers who may be rushing to get a spot and don’t see you pull in.
- Driving at or below the speed limit, and taking the turns very slowly.
Parking in a parking lot can also put you at risk. For instance, if you are in your parked vehicle and another collides into it, you could sustain serious damages. Here are a few tips that may stop that from occurring:
- Avoid parking on the end of the aisles where cars often make lots of turns.
- Pull your car all the way in the space to avoid having your tail end hit.
- Avoid parking next to vehicles that are parked at angles.
Were You Injured in a Parking Lot Accident?
It doesn’t matter if you are a new driver or one with years of experience: if you were the victim of an accident in a parking lot that has left you with injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation. The legal team of Tavss Fletcher wants to help you fight for your rights regarding your accident. Contact us today to learn how.