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Top 5 Laguna Niguel Spots Where the Risk of Fender-Benders, Door Dings Looms

Here are places where you need to look every which way before pulling out and heading home.

If you are trying to avoid ugly door dings and major fender-benders while out and about in Laguna Niguel, be extra careful at the following spots, which we've deemed the most difficult to navigate without consequence:

1. The parking lot at at  is one of the busiest and most chaotic places in town. Whether it is morning, noon or night, it is packed, and cars come and go every which way.

2. The  parking lot is always snarled, and parking can be a challenge. Be sure you look several times in your rearview mirror before backing up and pulling out of your parking place.

3. One lot where people seem to pay less attention to their driving and more attention to getting inside for a good deal is . Also, be aware of runaway shopping carts that are left behind and rarely collected by employees.

4. If you have ever tried to pull into for a quick burger at the popular location off La Paz Road, you already know that it can be tricky. The fast-food restaurant shares a parking lot and driveway with , which means traffic is doubled. Stay alert for traffic coming in or going out of the area, especially when the drive-thru line is long.

5. If you need to pick up a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread at on a Sunday morning, forget it. Each Sunday from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the parking lot becomes jam-packed with cars, thanks to the open-air  Be on high alert and watch for kids, as well as for other people walking to and from their cars.

Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 21, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Did we miss a spot? Are there other spots in the city where a fender-bender could occur?
Tom Berney July 21, 2011 at 06:28 AM
That whole ocean ranch parking area, and now that 5 guys burger joint opened it's also deadly, trader joes is plain chaos inside and out.
Brett Rothenberg July 21, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Awesome article.. The post office is a complete nightmare, clusterfvck, should of taken some of the city hall money and bundled in the post office.. they are broke and could of probably used the shared space anyways. The druggist post office satellite station is good move forward.. I love the druggist and helping local business versus CVS/Walgreens/RiteAid.. and the druggist even breaks down expensive things and sells them individually. As far the the In-N-Out parking lot.. I was JUST REAR ENDED by some idiot pulling into In-N-Out as I was parking in the very first space for Mimi's. It has a a weird space, so I backed up for 2 seconds to re-align and some idiot and his chick hit me, didn't even stop, didn't even wait.. and pulled through the In-N-Out drive through.. I sat for 20mns till he came through the drive through and told him to pull over and get out of the car.. dude was so hungry for that In-N-Out slop that he didn't even stop after an accident. He then told me he checked it out and there was no damage so typically California hippy thinking.. it looked cool so I didn't stop.. if there is no damage I just let it slide. Little does anyone realize these 5 mph bumbers when hit can still cause internal damange and end up being a $500 accident.
George Washington July 21, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Many of these hot spot traffic areas result in traffic collisions because of driver impatience. If more people took a few extra seconds to be aware of their surroundings this would most certainly decrease the traffic collisions any where. If you visit these areas, take the extra time to park farther away. Not only is it good for the exercise, but it will help ease congestion of the "Got to have it" parking spots. Laguna Niguel is a safe and wonderful city to live in, take the time to care for your fellow neighbor.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 22, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Brett: I hear you, I was also rear-ended in the T.J's lot a few weeks ago. People are in such a hurry to go nowhere fast!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 22, 2011 at 12:43 AM
George: You are so right, people are in a fog and don't pay attention to what is around them. LN is a nice place to live, I just wish drivers would slow down and pay attention and not be in such a rush.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 22, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Tom: You are right! The entire area is a nightmare. Part II is coming next week!

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