Numbers reveal driving, parking realities

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Nicole Miguez

These graphs, created by Nicole Miguez, with research assistance from Haley Medeiros, offer facts dealing with teen driving and parking lot incidents. On Friday, Aug.17, a minor accident occurred between two student vehicles at the edge of Parking Lot B on the gymnasium side of the school.

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According to the National Safety Council one in every five vehicle accidents occur in parking lots, and one of those occurred in the school’s Parking Lot B last Friday.

Yet, also according to the NSC, students – and adults – can take these six specific actions to avoid future parking lot incidents:

  • Stay in lanes and avoid cutting across lots.
  • Drive slowly and use directional signals.
  • Anticipate the actions of other drivers.
  • Obey stop signs and no-parking signs.
  • When backing out, be mindful of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Watch for small children and parents with baby strollers.

Other statistics gathered include these facts:

  • More than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots each year. Those incidents combined yielded these results:
    • 60,000 injuries and …
    • 500-plus deaths.

Here are a few more of the NSC’s parking stats:

  • Records show 66 percent of drivers nationwide said they would make phone calls while driving through parking lots. Respondents also said they would take the following actions:
    • Program GPS systems (63 percent)
    • Text (56 percent)
    • Use social media (52 percent)
    • Send or receive emails (50 percent)
    • Take photos or watch videos (49 percent)

Pedestrians also should be cautious in parking lots as 20 percent of all pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen there.

Sources used in gathering this information includes these sites:

https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/distracted-driving/parking-lot-safety

http://blog.driversed.com/parking-lot-safety-for-new-drivers/

https://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/teen-driver/

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