We have all experienced hectic parking lots, whether it’s for a blowout sale or simply getting Sunday groceries. Regardless, no one ever explains parking lot etiquette, so we’ve outlined some helpful tips.
Every time you get into a parking lot, that one terrible driver seems to find you, making your experience more challenging than necessary. No one wants the added stress of having damage to their car and that’s why parking lot etiquette is so essential.
Below we’ve outlined how to easily maneuver your car through a parking lot, avoiding any unwanted mishaps or accidents along the way.
6 Parking Lot Etiquette Lessons
#1 WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS
Pedestrians are everywhere, ensure you are extremely alert and cautious when driving your car in a parking lot, anyone can run out in front of you at any time.
#2 BE CAREFUL WHEN OPENING YOUR CAR DOORS
If you have children/passengers park further away to avoid doors hitting the car next to you. Furthermore, be aware of the wind as it can make it challenging to open your car door.
#3 AVOID LARGE & ILL PARKED VEHICLES
Select your parking spot strategically if a car is ill parked or oversized and you park beside it you are putting your car at risk of getting damaged.
#4 BACK INTO A PARKING SPOT
Backing into a parking spot is a much more efficient decision, not to mention it’s easier and safer to get out of the parking lot when you are leaving.
#5 SIGNALS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Use your signals to get around the parking lot, as it is a helpful way to communicate with other drivers.
#6 DO NOT BE LAZY
When it comes to small parking spots, don’t try to make your car fit into it - find another one. Even if you are able to get into the spot, you are making it difficult for other drivers to get into their vehicles without damaging yours.