Survivor guide: The supermarket car park

The weekly shop is an essential part of life. Although you can now do your food shopping online many people still opt to do their shopping in store and actually see the goods for themselves. The prime time for food shopping is at the weekend, when the kids and adults are often off work. This means that a lot of people are trying to navigate round the busy supermarket car park.  So how do you stay safe and prevent a road traffic accident in such a busy and confined space?

Know the size of your car

Not the exact measurements of your car, but you need to have a good idea of how big or small your car is. By knowing this you won’t find yourself trying to squeeze into a parking space which is too small and ending up having a car accident.

Look both ways to avoid a car crash

This is quite an obvious one, but important nonetheless. This applies whether you are navigating through the car park on foot, bike or car. Always look both ways because chances are that car driving up towards you or that pedestrian suddenly stepping out into the road may not be. This will not only cover your back, but it will protect you from having to make an accident claim against someone who didn’t see you.

Stay calm and patient

Supermarket car parks are notorious for being busy, especially after work or at the weekend. At these times, it can take forever to make your way through it. However, the worst thing you could do is lose your patience as this will make an accident more likely. Stay calm, if you find yourself getting irritated or stressed; put some music on or count to 10, whatever you find works for you. If you get stressed you are less likely to be aware and more likely to have a road traffic accident. Remember, you are not the only one who is not going anywhere fast; everyone is in the same situation as you in that car park.

Unfortunately, accidents do still happen. So, if you have been involved in an accident in the last 3 years which wasn’t your fault you may be able to make an accident claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out how.

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