DRIVER POINT OF VIEW: When looking for a place to park, park further away where there is less pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Whenever possible, avoid being in reverse. More incidents happen in reverse due to not knowing your surroundings.
Pull all the way through the parking space to avoid being reverse when leaving. If you cannot, now is the time to back into the space, since you have had to time check the surroundings.
Drivers of motorcycles and bicycles are to follow the same traffic rules as drivers of vehicle.
Slow Down! The speed limit is 10 mph in the parking lots. Any faster speeds may result in a fatal injury to a pedestrian.
Reduce speeds in bad weather. In wet weather, vehicle have a higher chance of skidding.
Be cautious in parking garages. They have tight spaces and low clearance. Older parking garage may not be able to handle today’s large vehicle so drive cautiously. Also, it is harder to spot pedestrians in parking garage.
PEDESTRIAN POINT OF VIEW: Be cautious and aware of your surroundings when walking in a parking lot.
Do not assume that drivers can see you when you can see them. In many cases, the pedestrian sees and hears a vehicle before a driver can see the pedestrian due to blind spots in vehicles.
Treat the parking lot like a street. Look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks, and always use sidewalks whenever possible.
Walk down the parking lots aisles and not in-between vehicles when walking to and from your vehicle.
Try to avoid areas where it would be hard for a driver to see you , for instance in loading dock areas. Try to walk in groups when in a parking lot, it makes it easier for driver to see.
In bad weather like snow, wear proper footwear to provide adequate traction to avoid slipping and falling.
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Be a Pro on the Road
PRR Tips to help you become a Driving Pro.
1) Don't wobble in a lane or hug a line, keep centered and steady. Being a predictable driver will save you from a collision.
2) Don't accelerate or decelerate quickly, smooth transitions help everyone including passengers.
3) Stay back from pedestrian crosswalks. It helps other motorists see the pedestrians, i.e. stop at that stop line.
4) Check around the pillars of your vehicle when turning. You might think it's clear only to be surprised by a pedestrian 'hidiing' behind your pillar.
5) When turning a corner, don't cut the on-coming lane. Imagine a quarter circle and make that your path. Being a pro means you don't need to correct your position after the turn to center yourself in the lane.
6) Always use your turn signal whenever changing out of your lane, and give that signal at least a second or two to alert others before actually turning. Too often people think that the signal isn't necessary. Those people should stop thinking what others need from them. Others, whether peds, bicyclists or other vehicles need to see what you are about to do to save themselves from a collision... so use that signal.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Pro Tips:
1) Walking or riding? Well look both ways even if you have a light. Do you really trust your life to a stranger and whatever condition or distraction they are dealing with? Don't assume they see the light or stop sign. After all, they have an entire vehicle to protect them, you don't.
2) Don't step off a curb without looking. Busses and electric vehicles (bicycles too) do not warn people of their approach with sound as there is very little sound generated by their movement or engines.
3) Practice good habits so that if you're ever distracted you'll more likely employ the good habit at the critical time you need it, to save your life.
4) It's called a crosswalk because you should always walk. If you're riding and want to use a crosswalk, dismount and walk. Walking gives drivers the chance to see you and stop if necessary. Darting across eliminates this important buffer.
5) Setting good examples will show children how to behave near a road, and in effect you will be saving their lives... so be a hero and save lives through your example!