How to Park Safely

The world is a dangerous place. Being careful about where and how you park is a critical factor in preserving your personal safety.


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    Carefully enter the parking lot. Observe its activity. Drive slowly and pay attention to other vehicles and pedestrians.
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    Be prepared to suddenly stop. A pedestrian could walk in front of you or another car could back up.
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    Park in the lines provided on the parking space. Carefully position your vehicle within the given space. If you have an over-sized vehicle, then consider taking up multiple spaces so that your vehicle is not in the lane on the parking lot. This is a problem with many larger trucks and SUVs. You could pull up an additional space if there is no riser in front of you or you could simply park slightly diagonally so that you can easily fit into the space and back out when you leave.
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    Open your vehicle's doors carefully. Be careful not to hit another person's vehicle with your door as you exit your vehicle.
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    Supervise all children as they exit the vehicle. Accompany them by either carrying them, pushing a stroller or holding their hand as you enter your target store.
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    If you are parking at night, be sure to park in a well-lit area that is as close to the store as possible. Look around you to see if you see any dangerous looking people nearby. If you feel unsafe, don't park. Just keep on driving and consider coming back to the store another day during daylight hours. Or you can go to a well-lit store like Wal-Mart that has lots of lighting and built-in security.
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    If anyone attacks you, be sure to make as much noise as possible. Scream, activate your security alarm from your key chain and cause as much commotion as possible. Run back to the store as soon as you can and call for help. Be careful if you have to cross any roads so that you don't get run over. If you are at your car and it is already unlocked, then quickly get in it and lock the doors. Call the Emergency Services on your cell phone.
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    When you return to your vehicle, carefully open your doors so that you don't damage someone else's car.


  • Keep an eye on your family. Always look out for children as you are walking through a parking lot. Children don't understand the dangers there so you must step in and guide them through it.
  • Take your time. Parking is a serious part of driving. Many accidents occur in parking lots because people are in too much of a rush.
  • Use common sense. If the parking lot is completely full, then you may want to consider coming back at another time rather than wasting hours looking for a parking space.
  • Try to go to stores on weekdays during normal business hours. Tuesdays tend to be one of the slowest days for stores.


  • Never assume that a vehicle will stop if you are in the road. It is surprising how many people just don't care.
  • Always put safety first.
  • Don't get into an argument with a fellow patron. If there is an accident involving hitting someone's car with your door or vice versa, just be open and honest with the other party and cooperate fully with them to resolve the situation. Remember the golden rule to treat your neighbor as you would like to be treated.
  • Watch out for any suspicious activity. You don't want to be held up in a parking lot.

Things You'll Need

  • Patience
  • Common sense

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Categories: Driving Techniques