Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stop Backing Out of Driveways!

In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States began collecting data about motor vehicle accidents off of public roads and highways. And, in that year alone, 14,000 persons were injured in back over incidents, 2000 of which were children, 221 fatalities and 99 were children.

Advocacy groups have called for driver education, teaching kids not to play in driveways, reversing cameras and parking sensors. In the realm of keeping it simple, I advocate an uncomplicated remedy – back in and pull out.

Backing into a parking spot, driveway or car port creates several conditions:

  • You have to drive past and initially view the area you’re backing into and
  • When backing up, you must slow down to avoid hitting another vehicle or the residence.

Personally, I have always preferred to back into spaces because I take greater care in the process and do not like backing into major thoroughfares.

Do yourself, your friends and family a favor. Spread the word! Back In and Pull Out! Start today!


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