Parking your car safely means there is less chance of returning to it to find someone else has driven into it and caused some damage. It also means you can park without putting anyone else in danger.
There are a number of things to be aware of when parking your car safely. For example, get to know the size and length of your car. This will reduce the instances where you end up trying to get into a space that is too small. If you have built-in parking sensors or cameras, make sure you use them. They are there to help and they can make the task of parking a lot easier than it would otherwise be.
Watch out for obstacles
Wherever you are parking, take a look at the space you want to park in before you attempt to do so. There could be pillars and other potential obstacles you will need to avoid. Be particularly careful in areas where there are plenty of children around. You may not always be able to see them if they are playing near your car.
If you are parking in a car park, stay as close to the lift or stairs as possible. This minimises the distance you’ll have to cover in order to get back to your car. It also reduces the chances of your car being broken into, as there will be more people around in that area. If you are parking off the road somewhere, look out for potholes and other less obvious hazards.
Be alert at all times
Parking takes a lot of concentration, even when you are experienced at it. You must be aware of what is around your vehicle at all times. However, you can never tell what other drivers are going to do. For example, there will normally be a speed limit of 5-10mph in a car park, but not all drivers will obey this. You could be parking and a car could come flying along and hit you, because the driver didn’t see you or stop in time.
It is this type of accident that can result in a compensation claim being made by the driver who was the innocent party. If this is you, and your accident happened in the last three years, a quick call to the team at Accident Advice Helpline might be in order. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and when you call we’ll be able to determine whether you can claim.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead