I was taught in grade school to look both ways before crossing traffic - whether on a public road, or in a parking lot.A weekend rant for an incurable problem.
First off, if the Mod deems this material is more suited to the "Less-than-useless Drivel" thread; by all means feel free to move it.
I had to go to one of the super-malls, (mall, name unimportant - it's "everymall") yesterday afternoon.
Times sure have changed, and for the worse. Common sense, and common courtesy are dead, dead, dead!
Driving your car into a mall parking lot is, flat out, one of the most dangerous places you can go into, especially on the weekends.
We have forgotten our manners. We have forgotten "situational awareness" safety - look where you are, look around you. Pay attention!
We used to be taught this by our parents - be aware of cars backing out of a parking space. You could get "run over"!
Pretty simple: "don't walk in back of a car that is "backing up"!
Nowadays, everyone is too impatient, and/or too focused on 'texting' while walking behind the car that "I'm about to run you down with!"
Lordy, I just want to jump out of my truck, sometimes - like yesterday, and give 'em "what for", but all I'd get for my troubles would be 'single-digit' salutes.
My biggest fear is that I will, inevitably, hear the screams of agony and horror, and the realization that I just squashed someone's little toddler because I didn't see them, because the parent wasn't tending to them as they should. Still, it would be my fault, no doubt - but still, a dead child is a dead child.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda doesn't count for much in that circumstance.
So, a general admonishment to all of us - please, be patient; be generous to that jerk who is driving 30 m.p.h. through a parking lot to get to a space before you get there. Let the one who is backing out, the room,and safe space for him to get on his, or her way.
I'm the first one to remind myself - every time I go into this arena.
Have a safe motoring day, ya'll.
No dents, here!
I've had to slam on my brakes several times in parking lots, because of people walking from between cars, into my path of travel without looking. Pedestrians know they have right-of-way, but IMO, they should also use some common sense.