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Here are the Rules for Parking Lot Traffic Control

Effective parking lot traffic control is essential to public safety.  Both drivers and pedestrians spend as much time in parking areas as they do on the open road, if not more.  For this reason, it’s important for everyone to remember the fundamentals of parking lot safety.

Not As Safe As You Might Think

A false sense of security is a major cause of parking lot accidents.  Most people are unaware that almost 20% of traffic accidents occur in a parking area, usually due to one of these causes:

  • Drivers failing to see other vehicles or pedestrians when backing up.  Tragically, children are often the victims in these incidents, due to their small size and impulsive nature.  These kinds of accidents are especially common when the moving vehicle is surrounded by parked automobiles that limit the driver’s range of vision.
  • Pedestrians who move between parking spaces instead of following established walkways.  This bad habit blocks escape routes from an inattentive driver or out-of-control vehicle.
  • Petty competition between drivers over getting the “best” spot.  This is especially a problem during the holiday season, when busy consumers are focused more on shopping than on safe driving.
  • Poorly maintained parking areas that lack lighting and signage or contain crumbling asphalt and potholes.  These problems compromise visibility and create safety hazards for both motorists and pedestrians.
  • Nighttime or periods of inclement weather that make it difficult for parking lot users to see what’s going on around them.  This is perhaps the most common challenge to parking lot traffic control.

Alertness Is Key

Fortunately, it’s possible to prevent most parking lot traffic control mishaps simply by staying alert.  Both drivers and pedestrians should look around them constantly when traveling through parking areas.  They should avoid using cell phones or other mobile devices that cause distractions, and focus more on ensuring everyone’s safety than on getting to their destination quickly.  Following these principles can help to prevent most parking lot traffic control accidents.