Download our free tips posters below. Print and display them in areas where they’ll be seen so your drivers will be reminded of the best ways to avoid hazards when parking and manoeuvring.
For at-work drivers, the need to park and manoeuvre is unavoidable, whether in allocated car parks or on the road-side. Whatever the situation, providing your drivers with guidance on the correct way to safely park and manoeuvre will help to avoid dings, scratches, or even more serious incidents with your drivers.
Read our tips below and download our FREE posters – great for reminding your drivers of the key considerations when parking and manoeuvring.
- Avoid damaged vehicles that might take less care opening doors next to you. Drivers of vehicles that are already damaged might be less cautious when opening their doors next to yours.
- Avoid end bays where vehicles could swing into you. Some drivers might accidentally cut the corner of an end bay, especially where space is tight and misjudge the angle to take to go around your vehicle.
- Find a neighbour such as a tree or wall for protection. Reducing the number of free spaces around you means reducing the risk that another vehicle or driver will hit yours.
- Turn off the radio to listen for hazards. Doing this will mean you’re more likely to hear your surroundings, including children that could be running around the area you’re trying to park in.
- Open a window to listen for other road users. Again, doing this will make you more aware of your surroundings, as well as any approaching vehicles that may not have been in sight at the start of your manoeuvre.
- Don’t rush as you might overlook hazards. Trying to park or manoeuvre in a hurry could mean that you miss the opportunity to see hazards, especially in more dynamic and busy areas such as car parks or urban streets.
- Watch out for vehicles that might need more space to load. Vehicles that carry, or are driven by, disabled people may require more room. To avoid hitting your vehicle, and to be courteous to other drivers, ensure you give vehicles such as these plenty of room when parking alongside them.