While parking lots aren’t part of the normal roadway and are often private property, it is important to stay mindful of some simple rules of the road, especially as you cruise around for that perfect spot!
Snag the spot
Try to park in an optimal spot — those closest to the entrance or elevators, in well-lit areas. You want something very easy to find, and that provides you with more safety than rear or secluded exits. When you’ve zeroed in on the perfect spot, aim to back into it, rather than pull in. Doing this will make it safer for your departure, as pulling out gives you a full range of vision. Backing out of parking spots is one of the most dangerous things you can do; compromised sight-lines means increased potential for error or injury.
Sometimes it may not be physically or legally possible to back in. While we know that back up cameras are becoming more commonplace (and actually legally required on new cars and small trucks as of May 2018), but it's still important to practice checking all of your mirrors yourself rather than just relying on technology. It can help make you a better driver, and catch things outside of the cameras view.
Once you’re parked, take a photo with your phone of the parking stall number and aisle. Handy for overnight or long-term stays, or just in labyrinth-like parking structures, this will keep you from endlessly wandering in circles, wondering where you parked your car.