I want to take a minute to talk about one of the most common problems associated with driving - hitting/backing into an inanimate object.
According to the National Safety Council, one of out four vehicle accidents can be blamed on poor backing techniques.
It happens so often. You’re backing out of a parking spot not even thinking and—SMASH! You back right into a shopping cart. The majority of the time these types of accidents are completely avoidable. Here are a few minor precautions you can take to avoid backing into someone or something.
Þ Get to know your vehicles blind spots. Remember that mirrors can never give the whole picture when backing up.
Þ Think in advance. Don’t put yourself into unnecessary backing situation.
Þ Park defensively. Chose easy-exit parking spaces that don’t crowd neighboring vehicles.
Þ Every backing situation is new and different. Even when visiting the same place repeatedly, be watchful of changes and new obstacles.
Þ Use a spotter. Have someone else help you and give hand signals to help with backing up.
Þ Do a walk-around. When in doubt, get out of the vehicle and completely walk around it. Walking around a vehicle can give a firsthand view of the backing area and any limitations. Check for children, soft or muddy areas, potholes, tire hazards and other dangers. Remember GOAL! Get Out And Look!
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