Pedestrians and valet workers: a hazardous mix.

Pedestrians and valet workers: a hazardous mix.

Valet staging areas are deceptively dangerous.

Senior drivers who don't belong on the road could hop the curb and drive straight into you. A rookie valet could hit the gas instead of the brake, or fail to ensure the vehicle is in park and won't roll forward.

Young valets like to bring their phones to work. They could easily crash into you while checking their latest text messages.

And a car thief could — at anytime — hop into a running car in the valet staging area and then attempt a desperate getaway, which could involve running people over.

You simply need to keep your eyes and ears open when valet parking.  

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Some people say they will never use a valet parking service...

Some people say they will never use a valet parking service...

There have been many bad stories about valet parking in the press and on the internet. Some people have sworn they will never give-in to the idea of using such a service, where their car is in the possession of young strangers. But sometimes there simply is no other alternative. So if you are one of those people, take a little time to get prepared for this situation — for just in case.

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Four cars stolen from Atlanta valet services suddenly recovered...

It keeps happening in Atlanta... TWO MORE valet parked cars were stolen in Atlanta yesterday. The good news is they were recovered by police, along with TWO OTHER cars that had been stolen from different valet services. (The recovery happened thanks to a geo-locating feature inside one of the heisted cars.)

The stories here teach a good lesson about how some valet services are set-up to be higher risk for vehicle theft. I explain how to notice these higher risk valet services in this article.

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