How to End Parking Lot Crashes (Even With Zero Budget)

Two-thirds of fleet collisions happen in a parking lot. If they’re just scratches and dings, what’s the big deal? Sign up now to instantly access our ultimate guide to preventing parking lot crashes with training.

Your Top Takeaways:

  • The biggest reason driver crash (it’s 100% preventable)
  • 6 punishingly expensive costs of parking lot collisions you probably aren’t accounting for
  • The one thing 75% of all turning collisions have in common, and how to prevent it
  • The simple policy that cut one company’s parking lot collisions by 50%
  • Loads of actionable steps you can take right now to reduce parking lot collisions (even if you have no budget)

The vast majority of parking lot collisions are 100% preventable with the right training. This guide covers the most common causes of parking lot crashes and includes loads of actionable training tips for safety managers.


What You'll Find in the Guide

  1. Parking Lot Collisions – What's the Big Deal?
    1. The Hidden Costs of "Small" Collisions
    2. Direct Costs of Parking Lot Collisions
    3. The Iceberg of Safety Costs
  2. Why Drivers Crash
    1. The Root Causes: Rushing and Distraction
    2. Reduce Distractions with Training and Reminders
    3. Common Causes of Distracted Driving
  3. Fixed Object Collisions
    1. Two Types of Fixed Object Collisions
    2. Train Drivers to Avoid Fixed Objects
    3. Ban Trucks from Busy Lots
  4. Backing Collisions
    1. Backing Crashes: More Common than You Think
    2. Common Backing Crashes
    3. Train Drivers to Avoid Backing Crashes
    4. Backing with a Spotter
    5. Backing Technology for Trucks
  5. Entering and Exiting Collisions
    1. Entry and Exit Collisions Are Extremely Costly
    2. 75% of Turn Accidents Involve a Left Turn
    3. Reduce Risk with Right Turns
    4. More Tips to Avoid Collisions Around a Parking Lot
  6. Creating a Culture of Safety
    1. Train Drivers Now, Save Money Later
    2. Incentivizing Safety


Sobering Facts About Parking Lot Collisions

Highway crashes get all the press, but most fleet collisions happen in a parking lot. Of those, most involve a fixed or stationary object rather than another person or moving vehicle. The sheer number of these smaller collisions means you can’t afford to overlook them in your training programs.

  • 2/3 of a fleet's collisions happen in a parking lot.
  • Parking lot collisions are almost always 100% preventable.
  • The indirect costs of parking lot collisions can be 5-50X higher than the direct costs.
  • According to the National Safety Council, 9% of pedestrian deaths in parking lots are caused by backing incidents.
  • In a poll by the National Safety Council, 66% of US drivers said they would make phone calls while driving through parking lots.


How Safety Training Prevents Parking Lot Collisions

It’s a mistake to treat parking lot incidents as minor, especially when they're almost always preventable. A small investment in training now can pay dividends for the duration of a driver’s employment with your company.
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  • Correct poor habits before they lead to collisions.
  • Regularly reinforce expectations for safe driving.
  • Reduce crashes and lawsuits.

Ultimate Guide to Preventing Parking Lot Crashes