|[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.
Stay alert. Always watch for any pedestrians or children,
especially when backing out of a parking space. Don't assume they see
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
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 www.geico.com.
(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).
service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy
changes, claims reporting and printing insurance ID cards.
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