Nov-2019-IC-Safety-header

Your drivers likely have experience with traffic congestion and adverse weather conditions. The most dangerous maneuver in their day is parking. These minor incidents can add up to large costs as they can be more frequent, are often below insurance deductibles and can hurt relations with customer. Educate your drivers on the procedures for safe parking and keep these issues from leaving a dent in your wallet!

GENERAL PARKING GUIDELINES

  • Make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted throughout the day
  • Scan the area as you approach
  • Note any fixed objects like poles, signs or trash cans, which may be hard to see with your mirrors
  • Look up for low hanging signs, tree branches or awnings
  • Back only as a last resort and back into the most controlled area
  • Honk your horn a few times prior to and during backing
  • Plan your exit before you park
  • If you are delivering to a new customer and you are unsure of where to park, call ahead and ask for specific instructions

PARKING ON STREETS OR IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS

  • Pull out of the lane of traffic as far as you can and put on your four-way hazards
  • Do not block or pull into driveways or across bike lanes
  • Once parked, tuck in your mirrors on the traffic side of narrow streets
  • Look around your vehicle when you return and make note of children or pets in the area

PARKING IN LOTS OR ALONG BUILDINGS

  • If parking in marked spaces, pull through to the next space so you can pull forward to leave
  • If you cannot pull through, back into position so you can pull forward to leave
  • Watch for pedestrians and fixed objects
  • Watch your tail swing around fixed objects and parked cars by using your mirrors

MOVING FROM A PARKED POSITION

  • Take a moment to look around the vehicle for obstacles and double check your plan for leaving the area
  • Check to make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted, put on your turn signal, check your mirrors, and look over your shoulder for approaching traffic
  • Check your tail swing on the side of your vehicle closest to the curb by looking in the mirror on that side of the vehicle
  • If you are unsure of where your vehicle is going or if the area is clear, always get out and look
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  • Transportation Safety
  • Driving Techniques