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[December 13, 2013]

GEICO reminds holiday shoppers to stay alert in parking lots and garages

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--

Holiday shopping means tons of traffic at malls, retail stores and on the roads, and GEICO urges shoppers to be on high alert, especially in crowded parking lots and garages.

Tips for drivers:

  • Stay alert. Always watch for any pedestrians or children, especially when backing out of a parking space. Don't assume they see you.
  • Slow down. Don't speed through parking lots and garages. Drive slowly when entering and leaving parking spaces, lots and garages.
  • Be patient. Avoid the "parking space war" and be courteous to other drivers preparing to park.
  • Be aware of other vehicles. Make sure the way is clear before turning or pulling into a parking space.
  • Pay attention. Don't talk, text or use other electronic devices while driving.

Tips for pedestrians:

  • Stay alert. Be aware of your surroundings and watch for cars entering or exiting parking lots and garages.
  • Keep your distance. Don't walk behind vehicles that are backing out of parking spaces.
  • Be visible to drivers. Make eye cotact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Stay on guard. Watch for any suspicious people or vehicles in parking lots and garages.
  • Pay attention. Don't talk on the phone or text while walking.

Pedestrian safety is a major concern in parking lots and garages, as drivers look for the closest parking space and pedestrians try to locate their cars. Low-speed collisions can also occur, and even minor "fender benders" can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

GEICO has a number of brochures, tips and videos on safe driving and accident prevention. For more information, visit the Auto Safety section on

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 19 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and printing insurance ID cards.

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