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Parking lot hazards you may not have considered
Although it's easy to fall into the habit of relaxing after a long day of work, parking lots are not the places to let down your guard. Sure, 99 percent of the time you may have no trouble getting to your car, but one day of being heavily distracted can lead to disaster - unless the right precautions are taken.
Find a parking space with enough room to get easily in and out of your car. If you don't have room to get out, your neighbors won't either. And while a door ding is not a disaster, dent repair can be expensive (unless you have EasyCare Dent Repair coverage).
Many parking lots are not properly maintained, especially those corroded by severe weather, making it easy for walkers to either stumble or slip on the pavement. During the winter months, parking lots are often plowed without the use of salt, which disguises the black ice. Even leaking gas or anti-freeze can cause pedestrians to experience a nasty fall.
Fellow human beings can sometimes present the highest potential for danger. A large percentage of muggings and other violent crimes occur within the confines of a parking lot or parking garage, so it's always a good bet to be mindful of your surroundings.
Don't think of yourself as being paranoid when you glance over your shoulder every thirty seconds or so. This is a very good practice for both males and females alike, especially after dark. Always have a cell phone on hand, and be sure to know the locations of emergency call-boxes. When it comes down to it, it's better to be safe than sorry.