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Avoid Parking Lot Accidents

5 Ways to Avoid Parking Lot Fender Benders in the Metro Milwaukee area

We love the convenience of parking lots in front of our favorite stores in Oak Creek, New Berlin, Shorewood, Milwaukee, etc., but they can be hazardous places.  When people are driving too fast, backing out of spots without looking, and cutting across the parking lot.

That behavior just so happens to be the cause of many a door ding and irritated driver. Even worse, careless behavior can cause a collision or injury. Let’s all slow down and follow these five tips to make parking lots safer for everyone:

  1. Don’t Speed
    Speeding decreases the amount of time you have to react when a child runs out in front of you, another driver stops suddenly, or a car begins backing out unexpectedly. Is a collision – or even a fatality – really worth the price of getting to your destination 30 seconds sooner?
  2. Use Your Eyes – and Mirrors and Cameras
    Lookout for perils at all times, even if the lot seems empty. When you’re pulling into a spot, watch for doors being opened. When backing out, look all around, in your mirrors and in your rear-view camera, and proceed slowly.
  3. Give Yourself – and Others – Some Space
    Parking in between the lines and in a spot sized for your vehicle may help to minimize dings and scratches. Better yet, park in a less-crowded area of the parking lot and enjoy the extra stroll into the store – just don’t park where you feel unsafe. Always park away from stray carts.
  4. Expect the Unexpected
    Assume things will happen. That someone will dart out in front of you or that someone backing out of his/her spot won’t see you backing out of yours. When you’re on guard, you’re better prepared for those who aren’t.
  5. Be Respectful
    A little kindness goes a long way in a parking lot. So stop for pedestrians, don’t cause traffic jams waiting for a spot and, above all, don’t lose your cool.

Remember, stay alert! Many times the slow speed of a parking lot will cause people to pay less attention and to start multi-tasking while driving.   If you’re actually watching for dangers, you have a better chance of avoiding them. Call us, 414-744-6614, at the Insurance Center of Milwaukee to make sure you are properly protected before an incident does occur.

Classic Car Shows

Make the most of a classic car show

My wife and I attended a classic car show at St Elizabeth Ann Seton in New Berlin, WI last Sunday.  I started to think about the variety of these antique autos – there are as many unique vehicles as there are unique owners.  The shows can be unique as well.  Classic car shows are held all across the country, from small rural towns to large metropolitan areas, and they draw classic car enthusiasts from near and far.  Some people attend classic car shows as spectators to check out unique and rare vehicles. Others go to connect with fellow car buffs, show off their prized possession, or some attend shows to shop/sell.

Whether you’re planning to shop, sell, show, or just go, here are some tips for making the most of a classic car show.

  •  Family fun. Larger classic car shows typically feature entertainment, food vendors, raffles, and more. You can bring the whole family for a day of fun.  St Elizabeth Ann Seton held the car show as part of their Funfest weekend, which featured live entertainment, food, drink, kid’s games, etc.
  • Plan. In particular, make sure you’re aware of the hours for check-in.
  • Be the early bird. If you’re entering your automobile in a competition, sign up early. Most shows are limited to a certain number of entries.
  • Know the value.  If you are planning to sell or buy, you should be well versed on the values of the vehicles and the market conditions. Buying or selling a car can be an emotion-driven experience and knowing the facts is essential to get the best deal.
  • Need parts? Some larger car shows also feature a swap meet. Research the show and take note of car accessories and parts you might need.
  • Pack a bag. Be prepared to get the most out of the day by bringing along what you might need for the weather (from coats to sunscreen) and for your basic needs (from water to snacks).

Whatever your reason for attending your next classic car show, we at the Insurance Center of Milwaukee hope these pointers will ensure you make the very most of it.