VSC Safety Alert – March 2020

Driving in Parking Areas – SAFELY


Parking lots and Garage structures are riskier than you think. These intense driving environments require both drivers
and pedestrians to pay close attention. Consider this: Visibility in parking lots is naturally limited due to parked cars,
posts & poles, moving vehicles and pedestrians. Add to the mix impatient drivers and distracted drivers, and you can
understand why 29% of VSC at-fault accidents occur in parking areas!
In a National Safety Council poll of drivers, 66% admit to making Phone Calls, 63% program their GPS, 52% view Social
Media and 42% Video Chat when operating a vehicle in parking lots. Drivers also admitted to adjusting the seat, radio,
mirrors and air temperature, while others eat & drink, fix their hair, apply make-up or look through bags of retail
purchases made in stores and restaurants that share the parking lot. There is a misconception that it is safe to “multitask”
because you drive at lower speeds in a parking lot! In reality, a parking area is the worst place to drive distracted!

Preventative Measures:
To avoid driving or backing into another vehicle, pedestrian, or fixed object, all VSC drivers need to practice these
behaviors when navigating through parking areas:

  • Conduct a 360-degree walk-around before backing, keeping an eye out for low-lying objects.
  • Turn off your phone before starting your vehicle.
  • Put on your seat belt.
  • Adjust vehicle controls (mirrors, seats, air temperature, etc.) before driving the vehicle.
  • Pre-set your navigation system and playlists before driving the vehicle.
  • Look over your shoulder and use your mirrors as you back up. Do not rely on technology.
  • Stay in lanes and avoid cutting across parking spaces.
  • Drive slowly and use turn signals.
  • Anticipate the actions of other drivers.
  • Obey stop signs, no-parking signs & directional arrows – Do not drive down a lane against the arrow!
  • When parking, if safe to do so, pull through on arrival to avoid backing out when you leave.
  • Remember – Pedestrians have the right of way – even when they are not paying attention!
  • Be a courteous and patient driver.

VSC Safety Alert Confirmation - March 2020

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