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How to drive safely in a parking lot

Upon reaching your destination in your vehicle, you'll immediately begin your search for a parking spot.

When you find yourself navigating a parking lot in search of the perfect space, it's critical to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Follow the speed limit: Just the same as local roadways, parking lots and parking garages also have speed limits. If you don't see a speed limit posted, which is often the case, don't travel any faster than five mph.
  • Take extra caution when backing out: Many parking lot accidents happen when a vehicle is backing out of a space. Take your time when doing so, while also using your backup camera, if available.
  • Don't drive the wrong way: Many parking lots only allow for traffic to move in one direction. If you drive the wrong way, you risk causing a head-on collision with another vehicle.
  • Be patient: In a crowded parking lot, it can take some time to find a spot. This is particularly true at busy times of the day, such as during the morning or evening commute. Patience is critical to maintaining your safety.

If another driver acts in a negligent manner in a parking lot, it could result in an accident. Don't immediately confront the other driver, but instead move to safety and check yourself for injuries.

Depending on the circumstances, you may also want to call 911 to request police and an ambulance.

Your health and recovery are top priority, but don't forget to take steps to protect your legal rights and obtain compensation for your injuries and damage to your vehicle.

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