The holiday season is vastly approaching. This means we must be ready for what lurks around shopping malls: parking lots. The holiday season obviously creates a dramatic increase in the traffic in malls and shopping areas, made more hazardous by the winter conditions.
The increase in traffic means an increase in pedestrians; remember to give them space and time to cross in and out of shops and parking lots. When it’s snowing, all road users will have reduced visibility, so take this into account when maneuvering through parking areas. Take extra precautions when entering and exiting your parking spots (back in as much as possible!).
When parking or making turns, be sure to double-check blind spots, mirrors, and take a look behind you when backing. It is also a good idea to check your side mirror and blind spot when opening the car door.
You can also use the same tips when approaching schools or dropping people off in highly populated areas.
How do you deal with the parking lots this time of year? Do they haunt your dreams long after you’ve told your story of survival? Some towns offer free buses for shopping this time of year, does this help? Share your thoughts in the comments below.