I was not surprised to read the other day 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 collision types, the “backing up” collisions are the most avoidable.
Here are a few tips you can share with the other drivers in your home and other friends:
1. Know your car’s blind spots – the mirrors definitely don’t give the full view
2. Think ahead before you put yourself into a position where you’ll have to back up to get out.
3. Walk behind your car before you back up to spot potential hazards like fencing, poles, wet/soft areas, and most of all other people, especially children.
4. Tap the horn twice to alert others that you’re moving in reverse.
5. For goodness sake, back slowly!
6. Enlist a spotter (could be a passenger or bystander) to guide you but make sure you agree in advance on what hand signals you’ll use.
7. Keep your driver-side window down and your radio off – the fewer the distractions, the better.
I hope these tips help you and your family the next time you find yourself in a “tight spot”.
Can you think of other tips?
One more thing, most all backing up accidents happen in parking lots, look for places that you don’t have to back out, park father away than other vehicles. and pre backing it. so when you leave all you have to do is pull out!
Hope this helps!
Grace and Peace,