RALEIGH – The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here, which will make for packed parking lots at stores across the state. The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages those navigating the crowds this holiday season to use extra caution when cruising around and backing in and out parking spaces, since one out of three pedestrian crashes occur in parking lots.
Through its Watch for Me NC campaign, NCDOT offers drivers and pedestrians these safety tips to ensure a safe and joyous holiday season:
- Before backing out, be sure to look in all directions for pedestrians.
- Drive slowly through parking lots as pedestrians and children can dart out from between cars.
- Be sure you have clear sight lines out of your cars and that no packages are blocking your view.
- Put away your cell phone and stay focused on driving safely.
- Never assume pedestrians can see you.
- Put away your cell phone and take out any headphones to make sure you are not distracted.
- Keep an eye out for cars pulling out of parking spaces. Brake lights are a good sign a car is about to back up.
- Be sure to look both ways before stepping in to the parking lot for cars.
- Do not run or dart out in to the parking lot.