Parking lots are one of the most dangerous places young children encounter, and yet families find themselves having to navigate parking lots on a daily basis as they get their children to school, go grocery shopping, attend religious services and move throughout the community. According to statistics, an average of 50 children per week are injured by being backed over in a parking lot or driveway. Despite the increasing prevalence of back-up cameras in vehicles, parking lots remain dangerous for families due to:
While all children are at risk in parking lots, children with special needs can be even more vulnerable due to issues such as limited impulse control, difficulty understanding consequences, processing delays, limited vision or mobility challenges.
Connecting for Kids encourages all families to have a conversation about the best ways to keep children safe in parking lots and driveways. To assist in this process, the following resources are available:
IMPORTANT: Resources on this website are provided for your information only and do not constitute medical advice or an endorsement of any clinical or therapeutic method, treatment, service, safety device, safety product, organization or vendor. Connecting for Kids is not responsible for the content produced by, or the services rendered by, any third party that is referenced. Be sure to consult with your child’s health care provider concerning these tips.
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According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report published in 2014, an average of 221 children (ages 14 or younger) were killed and roughly 5,000 were injured in nonoccupant* crashes per year during the period from 2008-2011. The vast majority of children involved in these accidents (84%) were under the age of four.
*Per NHTSA's definition, "nonoccupant" refers to individuals who are not riding in a vehicle at the time of the incident, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.