Walking in Parking Lots
Walking through a crowed busy parking lot can be hazardous for anyone, especially children. Parking lots are designed for vehicles and not pedestrians. Therefore, hazards are everywhere. Cars backing up are often not paying attention to people walking down the lanes of a parking lot. Here are a few simple tips to help you and your kids stay safe:
- Be cautious and constantly watch for moving cars; don’t assume car owners can see you.
- Keep your head up and not down at your cell phone. Avoid texting or making phone calls while walking through the parking lot.
- Treat parking lots like a street; look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks and sidewalks whenever possible
- Watch the back tail light assemblies of cars as you walk through the parking lot. If the white reverse lights are on, that means the car is moving in reverse, or is about to move backwards.
- Walk down the parking lot aisles, not in between vehicles
- Avoid areas where it would hard for drivers to see you; such as behind large trucks or vans, or loading dock areas.
- Walk in groups, it makes it easier for drivers to see