GEICO says: Pack your patience; put safety first while driving in parking lots

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 19, 2019 – Whether it's a few spaces outside a small shop or a large multi-level garage, GEICO urges drivers to remain patient and stay alert while driving through parking lots.

Parking lot safe-driving plan:

  • Stick to low speeds: At any moment, a car could back out of a spot or a pedestrian could try to cross. Drivers need to proceed slowly so they have enough time to react in case one of these common scenarios occurs.
  • Always remember to look back: Even if you're driving a vehicle equipped with a backup camera, you should still look back from the driver's seat to scan your surroundings. Drivers should treat technology like backup cameras and their accompanying traffic alert sensors as additional tools to help them see more of what's around them.
  • Stay mindful of pedestrians: Parking lots have both high volumes of vehicle and foot traffic. Drivers should always stop to let pedestrians cross the street, whether at a crosswalk or elsewhere. Drivers also need to make extra effort to monitor the area around them so they don't miss someone stepping out from in between vehicles for example.
  • Get situated while you're parked: If you need to reply to a text or email, stream music or set a new GPS destination, take care of that while you're still sitting in the parking space. These activities can lead to a driver becoming distracted once the car is moving.
  • Lock up: After exiting your vehicle, always remember to lock all the doors. An unlocked car provides a prime opportunity for thieves, no matter where it's parked. Also, consider covering up valuable items or storing them out of sight in the trunk or another compartment within your vehicle.

For more safe driving tips, visit the car safety and insurance page on GEICO More.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.