Transporting a car from one point to another is a challenging task.
You need to know where to park, which way to turn and where to keep a lookout, and how to avoid traffic.
And even then, there are safety issues.
When you’re on the move, you can get into accidents that could be fatal.
Here’s how you can move safely.
Find a parking spot The easiest way to find parking is to ask a stranger.
“Parking spaces are available in lots across the city, and they’re often very empty,” says Steve Buehner, the executive director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates accidents.
So what you want to do is ask a friend or neighbor.
“They might be a person who has a lot of experience, or maybe they’re an older person, or they have a vehicle they’re familiar with,” he says.
You might also want to ask someone who is nearby.
If they have the right permit, you may be able to park in a spot nearby, but be aware that it may be harder to park if you’re driving.
You can also use your phone or walker to find the nearest available parking spot.2.
Park near your destination You may need to park a bit further than you normally would, and it’s better to park close to the road.
“If you park at a spot you know you can use to reach your destination, you’re going to be more safe,” Bue, the NTSB’s director, says.
If you’re parking a few blocks away, be sure to park with the curb.
The sidewalk is safer than the street because it’s narrower.
If parking is too far away, consider using an alternate route.3.
Keep a lookout Keep an eye out for traffic and other cars on the road, because the road can be slippery, and you may have to park farther away.
“The safest way to park is on the side of the road,” Bues says.
“It’s usually a safe spot to park.”
If you have a spot that you know people can park in, but you’re not sure of the location, look for a few other parking spots that are close to your destination.4.
Keep an ear out for emergency vehicles Be careful when you park in public.
“You should be very careful if you park, because if a police officer is in the area, he or she might have to use your car to help you,” Bued says.5.
Follow posted rules Be sure to follow posted rules for parking.
Bue says you should not park on sidewalks, because it can make it more difficult to find a spot to sit.
If someone asks you to park on a street or road, ask if they have to follow the posted rules.6.
Stay safe, Bue recommends looking at the safety features of your vehicle and adjusting your approach based on where you park.
“Do you need to wait until it’s safe to get out?” he asks.
“Or is there a better way to get to the next spot?”7.
Don’t drive while you’re pregnant and/or breastfeeding The risk of a crash during a pregnancy or breastfeeding is higher than a crash from a car.
Bues recommends checking the vehicle’s safety features for signs of damage.
“When you see a safety feature, make sure it’s the right way to drive, especially if you’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding,” he advises.8.
Know your insurance policies and limits Before you buy your car, be aware of your insurance limits.
“Insurance limits are set by states, and there are certain restrictions that apply to some kinds of vehicles,” says Bue.
You should always make sure you’re aware of the laws in your state.
“That way, you won’t have to worry about having a ticket, or the law is on your side,” he adds.
If you have any questions about car insurance, Bues, an NTSB official, recommends you contact your insurance company.
He also recommends that you read through your car insurance policies, and make sure they are updated regularly to reflect any changes in safety features.
“If you’re considering buying a car, take the time to read through all of your car’s features, and get all of the information you can about how to insure your vehicle,” he recommends.
“Even if you don’t need a car right now, it’s important to have it in the future.”