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car fender benderHave you ever heard someone say that parking lots are more dangerous than streets? While parking lot accidents tend to be much less severe that road collisions, they do happen quite often, particularly during busy shopping seasons and holidays. To avoid annoying fender benders, scratches and door dings, try these tips:
  • Patience is key. Even when in a rush, drive slowly and cautiously. Bumping into another car will only bite a larger chunk of time out of your day. 
  • Watch for cars backing out and cutting across lanes. Also stay on alert for children, stray shopping carts, stop signs and oncoming traffic. Maintaining a slow speed will allow you to stop on a dime if need be.
  • While mirrors are helpful tools, turning your body to check behind you is the best way to make sure everything is clear before backing out. Another helpful tool is a rearview camera, if your car is equipped with one.
  • No one likes to see door dings, dents and scratches on their car. To minimize the chance of this type of damage occurring, park farther away to avoid the bulk of the crowd.
  • If there’s no other option than to park near other cars, park as close to the center of the parking spot as you can get. This leaves plenty of room on either side of your car, granted other drivers do the same.
  • At night, park in a well-lit area for your own safety and the safety of your car.
If you do get into a fender bender, call the police so they can write a report, exchange information with the other driver and call your insurance agent to file a claim (although, you may not want to unless the damage is sufficient enough to exceed your deductible). If you accidentally back into a parked car with no driver around, write down your information and secure it under the damaged car’s windshield wiper so you two can discuss the accident later. We’re here to help you file a claim. Call Pearson & Company Insurance at (601) 701-0010 for more information on Meridian auto insurance.
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