Podcast 115 Where Do You Park?

By on February 10, 2015

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In this podcast we talk about where you park your vehicle and things you might want to think about. They are easy tips that can make you safer that can become second nature. I thought about this one early morning when I was headed out to my truck parked on the curb. It wasn’t light out yet and I walked out of my house, across the lawn, hit the unlock button on my remote and the headlights came on illuminating me in the darkness. I was half asleep but still realized anyone around could see me clearly and I couldn’t see them. Our cars do great things for us, but they where not programed to keep us safe. We need to use those features to our advantage, and park in a way to take advantage of our vehicle for our self defense.

The Topics in this podcast include:

General tips:

  • You don’t have to walk straight to your car
  • You can walk around your car before getting in
  • You don’t have to leave the store or where you’re at
  • Your car does not equal safety
  • Be prepared to get in your car once you get there

At Home:

  • Garage
  • Driveway
  • Street
  • Which Direction to Face

At Work:

  • Secure/Non-Secure Area
  • Marked Spot
  • Same Spot Same Time
  • Random Times
  • What are you leaving in your vehicle

Shopping Malls

  • Which side
  • Near what store
  • Thoughts
    • Less crowded areas
    • Away from the Main Street
    • Near a Landmark Side
    • Drop a pin on your phone
    • Pay attention and work backwards
    • Park near an exit to the street


  • Pay attention and think backwards
  • If you get a choice park close to an exit
  • Look for other ways out
  • Probably won’t be able to use your car in an emergency

Box Stores

  • Park near an exit
  • Driving away from the building
  • My simple trick to find your car
  • Park towards the back where there are empty spaces around you vehicle
  • You don’t always have to go back to your vehicle

Small Stores

  • Facing out
  • Away from door
  • Use your headlight to your advantage


Stay Safe,


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  1. atm
    March 2, 2015

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    When visiting a customer in Mexico, they made a big deal about me backing into the parking spot instead of parking nose-in like you normally would. I later found out this was done so that in an emergency everyone can quickly evacuate the parking lot. They also had several exits to the parking lot, so that everyone can exit away from any danger.

    In this border town, “Danger” was drug cartel violence. But these same precautions apply to other emergency situations as well.

    • Ben Branam
      March 2, 2015

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      Sounds like they had learned that lesson the hard way. Glad you could learn it the easy way. Thanks for sharing. Most of the stuff I teach and know came from someone else’s knowledge that I’m just passing on. I wish I could remember where I got it all so I could sight sources.

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for listening!

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