Whether you’re picking up a few groceries or spending the day at the mall, the parking lot can be a dangerous place, especially at night. Thieves keep their eyes open for purchases and unlocked vehicles are easy targets. While locking your car and covering purchases is a start, there’s more you can do to keep your car, and yourself, safe. Remember these parking lot safety tips from Highway Ford.
- Back In – The easiest way to keep your car from getting any dings, dents, or scratches is to back into the parking spot when you first arrive. Pulling out of the spot is easier than backing out, even with rearview cameras and mirrors.
- Distance Yourself – Parking close to the store entrance means more people walking by your car. If you have anything of value, it should be kept out of sight. If you forget, one of those passersby could decide to take it for themselves. By parking further away from the store in a well-lit area, you significantly reduce the chances you’ll become a victim of theft.
- Go Hands-Free – Talking on the phone is a hazard no matter how good of a driver you are. Driving in a parking lot while on the phone is the first step to a fender bender. Many drivers let their awareness go lax once they’re off the main road. Don’t make the same mistake!
Remember these tips to help keep your car and, more importantly, yourself safe. The most important thing you can remember is to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings!