Heading out to get your holiday shopping done, but dreading the traffic and parking lot chaos? AAA Northeast is offering tips on how to survive that holiday parking lot.
Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings,” said Ed Welsh, the regional general manager for AAA Northeast. “The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but remember that when you’re behind the wheel, your focus should be on driving – whether you’re on the highway or in a parking lot."
They say the following tips can help motorists navigate those crazy parking lots, and allow drivers to make safer, better decisions to protect their cars and families:
• Use the side entrance of the mall – not the main entrance everyone is trying to get access to
• Park farther out and use the outlying areas with more space – they are bound to be less populated
• Make sure to use those headlights, even in the daytime
• Avoid parking in a tight spot – that is like asking for trouble when you go to leave the mall/store you are in
• Try pulling through into your parking spot, and avoid having to put your car in reverse later
• Always looks out for kids – they are difficult to spot in a parking lot – especially a busy one
• Use crosswalks and walking paths/sidewalks, and be alert while you are on foot
• Store your shopping backs and packages in the trunk, otherwise you are alerting possible criminals to exactly what they might be looking to steal – a play on “window shopping” if you will
• Be sure to buckle up – even low-speed crashes can result in injuries