Putting Safety Back into Reversing

It’s not every time that a driver will drive in reverse, but it is one situation which can bring in a lot of damages not just to the vehicle but to other properties in the area. Worse, it can lead to accidents and injuries of both the passengers and pedestrians, depending on the seriousness of the oversight. This is exactly the trend right now on the roads in Australia, with thousands of accidents and damages to the properties associated with reversing. While accidents and damages related to reversing is on the rise, it does not mean that one cannot contribute and keep the roads safe. With the right change in attitude, driving styles and investment in the right equipment, you can represent one small yet significant change in keeping the roads safe. Here are some tips and suggestions on how you can put the safety back into reversing.

Visually check the area, watch out for other cars and pedestrians

Before reversing, it is mandatory for every driver to check out for any obstacles or items on the approach to the parking area. If possible, you need to get out of the vehicle, and inspect the area for obstructions or other concerns before attempting to reverse.  If there are pedestrians who are about to cross, it’s best to give way and warn them in advance using the vehicle’s horn. Reversing should be done carefully and slowly, prioritizing safety and efficiency over speed. Keep in mind that a reversing vehicle has no right of way, which means that you need to give way to passing cars as well.

Ask for help

If you are not certain about the road or area because of obstructions or blind spots, it is better to ask the help of another person. Do not be too shy to request the help of a friend or a stranger on the road to guide you when reversing the vehicle. Yes, you may feel ashamed at first asking for help, but the worse can happen if you manage to crash the car and damage another car!

Install reversing cameras

Rear vision mirrors and reversing cameras are now must-haves in vehicles including trucks, and for the right reasons. These cameras are your partners when reversing, and serve as your eyes on the rear. Different types of reverse cameras are available, configured and designed to meet specific needs. In some cases, these cameras can be integrated into the car factory screen, allowing for seamless safety integration. Once installed, it can help reduce the risks and concerns associated with reversing.

Reversing safely requires not just an understanding of road rules and awareness of the surroundings, but also an investment in the necessary equipment. And when these are all in place, you can do your share in bringing safety back into reversing.