(HealthDay News) — Thousands of vehicle crashes occur in parking lots and garages annually, says the National Safety Council. Around the holidays in particular, parking lots become even more dangerous.

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To stay safer in a parking lot, the council recommends:

  • Stay in your lane. Avoid cutting across the lot.
  • Drive slowly and use directional signals.
  • Anticipate the actions of other drivers.
  • Obey stop signs and no-parking signs.
  • Be mindful of others when backing out.
  • Watch for small children and baby strollers.

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