Accidents in car parks are unfortunately common and in a lot of cases, they can be avoided.
When we go shopping, we tend to have other things on our mind. Perhaps the kids are screaming in the back seat of the car, or maybe you're trying to work out exactly what you need from the supermarket. Whatever it may be, there's no doubt that there's many potential distractions when it comes to navigating car parks.
It's important to try and avoid distractions where possible. Turn the radio down, tell the kids they need to be quiet until the car is parked and pre-write your shopping list before you leave home so you're not thinking about what you need to by while you should be concentrating on parking!
Around busy times, such as late night shopping on Thursdays or the Christmas holiday period, finding a car parking spot can be very difficult and stressful. My best advice is to leave home early - get the shops right when they open, as you'll find it's a lot easier to find a parking spot.
If you do find yourself trying to find a parking spot during a busy time, it's important to stay calm. Remember too that even if you're a great driver, other people will make mistakes and may not be paying attention - so always be aware of your surroundings when you're in a car park.
When you do find a parking spot, do a quick scan of the area for any potential hazards. For example, is there a few abandoned trolleys nearby? To guarantee your car doesn't get hit by a runaway trolley, perhaps it's a good idea to put the trolley away - at least you will have peace of mind.
I would also recommend reverse parking into a car spot where possible so it's a lot easier when you have to leave the car park later. Remember, the car park may be a lot busier when you're leaving than when you first arrived.
When leaving a car park, make sure you are very aware of what's going on around you. Look left, look right and definitely look behind you - car parks are a dangerous spot for pedestrians to simply be lurking about, as well as abandoned trolleys and of course, other cars.
If the worst happens and you do have a crash in a car park, you need to treat it just like any other accident. Leave your details, report it to your insurance company and of course, talk to us at KSR about what we might be able to do to fix any damage!