The parking lot probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of dangerous places to be on the road. The National Safety Council found that between 900 and 1,900 people die every year in non-traffic related incidents (such as those that take place in parking spaces and driveways). As a result of accidents, over 60,000 people are hurt every year in parking garages and lots.
No one, motorist or pedestrian alike, can afford to relax their watch in a parking garage. Here are 3 threats you might not expect to find in a parking garage:
Wandering walkers who fail to notice
A number of people walk through parking lots, and it’s easy for them to get complacent. In addition, pedestrians are more likely to step out into traffic because most parking lots lack marked crossing areas. This is especially risky in a parking lot, where a Vehicle or van’s size and height can completely block a driver’s view of the road. In light of this, it is imperative that drivers always be on the lookout for walkers who may not be paying attention.
Similarly, to how walkers may be sleepy in a parking garage, drivers may not be paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Even though most parking garages have some sort of one-way system, it’s not uncommon to see a car going the wrong way to claim a spot. Another potential threat is vehicles that are reversing without looking.
The parking lot was a notorious crime hub. Unattended automobiles present an easy target for thieves who can make off with valuables and even the cars themselves. In 2021, for example, vehicle theft at Delhi International Airport rose to an average of 50 thefts per month from the parking lots. The location, lighting, and hours of operation of a parking lot all contribute to an increased risk of criminal activity targeting people. Because of this, motorists and walkers alike should be aware of their surroundings and the time of day when they enter and exit the parking garage.
Maintain a state of heightened awareness at all times.
Always be aware of your surroundings. You need to slow down and signal to other drivers and walkers that you are entering a parking lot. Pay close attention to warning signs indicating the location of dangers such as potholes, changes in speed limits, loading zones, and more. Always remember to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables before you depart it.
Invest in vehicle protection.
Without insurance, even a minor vehicle accident in a parking lot can cost you upwards of $10,000. However, mishaps do occur, so having auto insurance is essential for avoiding astronomical medical and repair bills. AskMoney.com reports that in 2021 the average expense of insurance per year across the country was $1,592. Insurance premiums are based on a number of variables, including the value of your vehicle and the price of replacement parts. Consequently, it is beneficial to evaluate prices by speaking with agents and consultants from various firms. You want the most bang for your buck and comprehensive protection in case of a mishap anywhere, be it a parking lot or a highway.
Make use of safe parking lots.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t know how excellent a parking lot is until you’ve already paid to enter. However, keeping an eye out for specific details can help you determine whether or not that parking space is worth returning to. Main characteristics include simple access and egress, streamlined traffic, clear signage, and adequate illumination. Having reliable protection tools is also essential. Examples include License Plate Reading (LPR) systems, which use high-tech camera setups to automatically identify, read, and verify your vehicle’s licence plate. Because they document who comes and goes, the cameras are useful for crime prevention.