I was not surprised to read that 25% of collision claims occur when "backing up".
It only makes sense.
Backing up isn't something all drivers do with regularity, especially young drivers. But of all the types of collisions, "backing up" collisions are the most avoidable.
Here are a few tips you can share with other drivers in your home:
- Know your cars blinds spots: The mirrors definitely don't give the full view.
- Think ahead before your put yourself into a position where you will have to back up to get out.
- Walk behind you car before you back up to a spot potential hazards like fencing, poles, wet/soft areas, and most of all other people, especially children.
- Tap the horn twice to alert others that you are moving in reverse.
- For goodness sake, back slowly!
- Enlist a spotter: (Could be passenger or bystander) to guide you but make sure you agree in advance on what hand signals you will use.
- Keep your driver side window down and your radio off - the fewer distractions the better.
I hope these tips help you and your family the next time you find yourself in a "tight spot".
If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me.