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Holiday Shopping Safety

Holiday shopping is about to shift into high gear. More time will be spent in parking lots where erratic drivers, aimless pedestrians, and suspicious characters can turn what should be a pleasant trip into an unpleasant ordeal. With a little forewarning you can avoid some of the most hazardous situations.

  1. Be especially alert in parking lots where people run "short" errands such as post offices, convenience stores. More cars moving in and out create a greater chance of a collision.
  2. Park your car in a well-lighted spot. It's easier to find and less of a target for theft.
  3. As you back out, check in all directions for pedestrians - kids often run ahead of their parents and are below your sight line.
  4. Keep your car well maintained. If it has been hard to start, have it serviced so a problem won't develop when it's least convenient.

Road Smart - The Enlightened Driver - Parking Lot Safety. Fall 96


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