I have a van just like this one. This is not a picture of mine, but it is exactly like this one. Guess what? If you are directly behind me, in a crowded Costco parking lot - I CAN'T SEE YOU!
Seriously. I look in my rear view mirror and my side mirrors every time I pull out of a parking spot. I have been driving this same van for eight years, so I know how to maneuver it. However, it does not matter how careful I am, if there is something (or someone) directly behind me, in my blind spot - I CAN'T SEE THEM. If you notice on the picture, there is a very large area below the window of the van door. If you are standing in that area - I CAN'T SEE YOU. I am not a bad driver. I do not need to be cursed out. You need to be more cognizant of where you are in relation to other people and their vehicles when you are in a crowded parking lot. That is called being smart.
Thank goodness I have never hit anyone or even ran into another car while backing out. That is why I inch out, so that you can see that I am backing up. That is your cue to move. It is not your cue to yell, curse or pound the back of my van. I DIDN'T SEE YOU - MOVE! Standing still in a parking lot, behind a parked car is not safe.
I am a careful driver. I have never had a ticket for any reason and I have been driving since 1980. I have no desire to run someone down in a parking lot. Seriously, pay attention and don't expect other people to notice you. Yes, cars should watch for pedestrians and other cars for that matter, but it behooves everyone to be careful and act as if no one is looking out for you. Be responsible and be safe.
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