01 Oct President Jonathan Cartu Says – How to successfully navigate a parking garage
Are you one of the many people who get anxious when entering a parking garage?
If you are, you have every right to feel that way. Over 500 deaths per year occur in parking garages, and whether they arise due to car-crash collisions or careless civilians is irrelevant. You might even actively avoid parking garages because you fear what may happen. Well, stop living life in such a panicked state! While parking garages can undoubtedly be dangerous, there are precautions you can take to better your chances of successfully navigating a parking garage:
- Turn off your distractions. Navigation systems, text-message alerts, phone ringers—all of these distractors can cause you to lose focus of the road while in a parking garage. With so many tight spaces, windy corners, and people walking across the way, you need to be on high alert at all times. Wait to program your GPS until you’ve exited the garage, keep your cellular device on vibrate and ignore text messages, and please stay off social media while behind the wheel!
- Keep your eyes on the road. We drive so much that people often get complacent behind the wheel. They zone out, entering auto-pilot mode while transporting themselves from point A to point B. When you’re in a parking garage, this is even more unacceptable than on the main road.
So many things can go awry while navigating a garage—especially if you drive a larger vehicle. This is why it’s vital to keep your eyes and attention on all details at all times. Be on the lookout for crossing pedestrians, other cars (which can either be driving or pulling in and out of spots unexpectedly), and potential safety hazards, such as traffic cones.
- Follow the signs. Every parking garage is structured differently. Some have hanging signs with clear labels to which direction you need to go. Others have automated parking sensors to tell you how many spots are available in a designated section of the lot. Whatever the case may be, trust the people who build the garage. Don’t assume you can make it out more quickly by taking a detour down a different path. This could—and sometimes do—lead to accidents.
- Lock away your valuables in the trunk and glove box. This isn’t a navigation tip, but it is something to consider for your safety. Parking garages are notoriously dangerous. Keeping any valuable items or new purchases out of sight from potential thieves will drastically better your odds of avoiding a break-in.
If you do happen to experience an accident, be sure to take pictures immediately. Insurance companies often assume that parking lot collisions are low-speed accidents, so they are less likely to help you without proper documentation. Make sure your photos cover the entire body of both vehicles so that the damage can be thoroughly assessed. If you feel any pain, seek medical treatment immediately.
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