Nothing is more heart wrenching than a child’s life cut short. Sadly many of these deaths could be avoided by simply being alert to the surroundings. Most victims of backovers are children and the elderly. Even worse, the driver is often a neighbor or relative.
Blind spots are present with all vehicles and generally the larger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. Even looking in all your mirrors and sticking your head out the window won’t make the blind spot visible. Short drivers also have more difficulty with blind spots. Seat position, the shape of a vehicle’s windows and mirrors, and the slope of a driveway are all factors in backover accidents as well.
Because these incidents usually happen in a driveway and not on the road, the fatalities are not included traffic-crash fatality data; therefore, experts can’t agree on how many fatalities happen each year. Despite this, we can all agree that even one death is too many.
Preventing backover accidents
Although there is no fool proof method educating, supervising, and staying vigilant can help keep your children safe. Also, the experts suggest employing these strategies to reduce the risk of backover accidents:
Supervise your children properly, especially when around vehicles
Teach your children it is never okay to play in, around or under vehicles
Assume that children are always present and carefully check behind you and in the street
Don’t let your driveway become a play area
Never leave your car running or unlocked
When backing up, know where your children are and have them stay in view
Always back up slowly with your window down to listen for children
Also, speak to other parents in the neighborhood. Ask them to not let their children play around vehicles or in the driveway.
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