5 Ways to Avoid Parking Lot Fender Benders in Louisville Kentucky

Parking lots in Louisville – we love the convenience but hate the frustrations, especially when people drive too quickly, back out of spots without looking and otherwise exhibit bad parking lot etiquette.

These behaviors are the cause of many a door ding and irritated driver. Even worse, careless behavior can cause a collision or injury.  So, let’s all slow down and follow these five tips to make parking lots safer for everyone:

  1. Don’t Speed
    Speeding decreases the amount of time you have to react when a child runs out in front of you, another driver stops suddenly or a car begins backing out unexpectedly. Is a collision – or even a fatality – really worth the price of getting to your destination just a bit sooner?
  2. Use Your Eyes – and Mirrors and Cameras
    Keep a lookout for perils at all times, even if the lot seems empty. When you’re pulling into a spot, watch for doors being opened. When backing out, turn to look through your rear window as well as in your mirrors and in your rear-view camera, and then proceed slowly.
  3. Give Yourself – and Others – Some Space
    Parking in between the lines and in a spot sized for your vehicle helps to minimize dings and scratches. Better yet, park in a less-crowded area and enjoy the stroll into the store – just don’t park where you feel unsafe, and always park away from stray shopping carts.
  4. Expect the Unexpected
    Assume things will happen: someone will dart out in front of you, a cart will come rolling toward you, or that someone backing out of his/her spot won’t see you backing out of yours. When you’re on guard, you’re better prepared for those who aren’t.
  5. Be Respectful
    A little kindness goes a long way in a parking lot or parking garage. Stop for pedestrians, don’t cause traffic jams waiting for a spot and, above all, don’t lose your cool.

Remember, when you’re watching for dangers, you have a better chance of avoiding them. If an incident does occur, we here at Commonwealth Insurance Services are ready to help.