What can I do to prevent fender-benders?

| Apr 7, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The good news about fender benders is that they are comparatively unlikely to yield fatal or serious injuries. However, dealing with the aftermath of a fender bender is still frustrating. There are some simple steps you can take to lessen the likelihood of fender benders in your driving.

Fender benders are extremely common in areas like parking lots due to their comparatively-unpredictable nature. Good ways to avoid fender benders are to be very aware of your surroundings, slow down considerably and increase the amount of space between you and other cars as well as pedestrians.

What should I be paying attention to?

One of the reasons that parking lots can be so dangerous is that the rules are not as regimented. For instance, if you are driving at top speed on the highway it is unlikely that a pedestrian will cross the street in front of you. In a parking lot, however, there are tons of pedestrians and they may behave erratically.

Make sure to keep your eyes on your mirrors. Do not rely solely on rear view mirror cameras as they often do not offer as wide of a view as your eyes can.

Speed and space

Many people try to zip quickly through parking lots: these people cause accidents. Since there are so many additional hazards in a parking lot, moving too fast will almost guarantee some sort of accident. Space is also a major component in parking lot accidents as well. Particularly if you are driving behind pedestrians, remember that they are going to be moving much slower than a car will and they do not have turn signals.