Cars are dangerous. Living in Los Angeles and Las Vegas I have seen some amazing cars. My neighbor in Los Angeles was a car collector. I have also seen some cars do amazing and scary things. I witnessed the tragic events of the Santa Monica Farmers Market car crash. I am sure we all know someone or personally felt ourselves the negative cars can bring to our lives. At times we forget that cars can be weapons. They are pieces of machinery not sensitive to human error. Cars kill, injure and maim without remorse. It is amazing how many people are willing to forgo common sense and the law to save a few extra minutes or for their own personal thrills and conveniences. One place this seems to occur more often then not is parking lots. Everyday I drive home, I bear witness to children playing and cars speeding in the parking lot of my community.
After living in condominium complexes, I know that parking lots become playgrounds. Parking lots are often big open spaces that children dance around in with visions of football fields, skate parks and race courses. Sometimes as adults when we our close to home, in our comfort zones or are confronted with an unfamiliar situation we make mistakes that can be avoided. Parking lots enjoy speed limits of 5mph or less and this is forgotten too much. Traveling through gated communities or familiar streets will, in moments, divert driving to second nature or irresponsibility. We must always remember children do not drive and their understanding of cars is limited. This is a plea for us all to pay a little more attention. The threat of driving cars irresponsibly in parking lots does not end with kids. Even when we are not so close to home or in a neighborhood our parking lot driving still becomes suspect on occasion.
After almost being hit numerous times and witness to countless accidents and close calls I hope we can all take a minute to think about and improve our parking lot driving. It will never hurt for us to become more aware of how to drive safely in parking lots. From sports stadiums, to malls, to grocery stores, to schools and so many other businesses we are faced with parking lots everyday. With their blinds spots, awkward stop points, distracted pedestrians and moving obstacles parking lots are disasters waiting to happen. We need to think before violating speed and right of way laws. We must be courteous to those around us and respect everyone enough to drive safely. Do not let the familiarity of parking lots lull us into believing that nothing bad can happen while driving through them. Cars can do serious damage regardless of speed or location. They have the potential to cause trouble in even the most tranquil settings.
Cars do not forgive. It will also be hard to forgive hitting a child playing or an elderly citizen walking. Even reducing the number of times car doors open and ding other car doors would be a start. If a parking lot is crowded show common courtesy when searching for a spot. Parking lots are not places to fight or become overly agitated in. If we can not control our driving we must take corrective measures. The possibility of injury is very real when we do not pay attention to our driving in parking lots. We really need to watch out for kids. It is also the parents responsibility to educate their children about the dangers of running around in parking lots that cars are using. Parking lots are a place where laws are missed or ignored. They are spaces where cars collide with kids and constant human distraction. While driving in parking lots we simply must maintain constant focus and abide by the rules of the road. By driving carefully in parking lots we might save a prized paint job, a day ruined or even and most importantly a life.