COLUMBUS, OH--November 23, 2012: Don't get crunched this holiday season. According to Nationwide Insurance 2012 claims data, about 13 percent of auto accidents occur in parking lots.
“Crowded parking lots are fertile ground for fender benders. Don't suspend your good judgment in the rush to shop. Please drive defensively.”
With so many demands on your time at this time of year, Nationwide reminds motorists to stay focused while driving and to practice defensive driving especially in parking lots where traffic is heavy and drivers are often the most distracted.
"Be mindful of other drivers," said Bill Windsor, Associate Vice President of Consumer Safety at Nationwide. "Crowded parking lots are fertile ground for fender benders. Don't suspend your good judgment in the rush to shop. Please drive defensively."
Here are some quick reminders from Nationwide Insurance and the National Safety Council to avoid a parking lot mishap this holiday season.
- Don't speed.
- Slow down.
- Be aware of what others around you are doing and expect the unexpected.
- Watch for pedestrians. Most parking lots do not have walkways for them which means they walk in the traffic lanes, often with small children.
- Look for children or objects in your way before backing out of a parking space.
- Back out of a parking space very slowly because the cars next to you may block your vision.
- Look for cars waiting to take your parking space, others who are backing out at the same time and motorists speeding through lanes.
- And remember! Santa doesn't carry insurance on his reindeers. Be sure you're protected.