5 Tips to Help Your Teen Driver Avoid Parking Lot Accidents in Metairie

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Parking lots around Metairie – we love the convenience but hate the frustrations, especially when people are driving too fast, backing out of spots without looking, or otherwise modeling bad parking lot behavior.

That behavior just so happens to be the cause of many a door ding and irritated driver. Even worse, careless behavior can cause a collision or injury, especially for new drivers. So if you have a teen who has recently started driving, be sure to sit down and discuss these tips:

Don’t Speed
Speeding decreases the amount of time you have to react when a child runs out in front of you, another driver stops suddenly, or a car begins backing out unexpectedly. Is a collision – or even a fatality – really worth the price of getting to your destination just a bit sooner?

Use Your Eyes – and Mirrors and Cameras
Keep a lookout for perils at all times, even if the lot seems empty. When you’re pulling into a spot, watch for doors being opened. When backing out, look all around, in your mirrors and in your rear-view camera and proceed slowly.

Give Yourself – and Others – Some Space
Parking in between the lines and in a spot sized for your vehicle may help to minimize dings and scratches. Better yet, park in a less-crowded area and enjoy the stroll into the store – just don’t park where you feel unsafe. And always park away from stray carts.

Expect the Unexpected
Assume things will happen. That someone will dart out in front of you, that a cart will come rolling toward you, that someone backing out of his/her spot won’t see you backing out of yours. When you’re on guard, you’re better prepared for those who aren’t.

Be Respectful
A little kindness goes a long way in a parking lot or parking garage. So stop for pedestrians, don’t cause traffic jams waiting for a spot and, above all, don’t lose your cool.

Remind your teen driver that when you’re watching for dangers, you have a better chance of avoiding them. And if an incident does occur,  just remember that we here at TWFG - Rick Rogers Insurance are ready to help.