Posted by Vishva News Reporter on May 20, 2004

How many times,
when backing out of a parking space,
 have you nearly hit
a pedestrian, another vehicle or a stationary object?

As per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Parent Magazine, USA:

  • 27% of all accidents happen while someone is backing up a vehicle.

  • "Hitting a pole at just "5 - MPH", can easily result in $500.00 to $1500.00 in damages to your vehicle.

  • Each year hundreds of people are injured and tragically killed in backup related accidents. Of those accidents, over 100 of those killed are children, averaging in age from 1 to 4 years old, who are hit by a vehicle that is backing up. The typical victim is a 2-year old struck by a Parent, a Friend or a Relative while backing out of a driveway.

  • Over the past 3 years, a medium size company annually averaged 6 preventable company vehicle accidents while the driver was backing up. There are probably many more undocumented cases which have occurred to our employees’ personal vehicles.

For the safety of everyone, reverse park at all times, unless parking is set up at an oblique angle to the road or if it would increase the risk of an accident. Keep in mind the following during parking:

  • When approaching a parking space, you see all the possible hazards and take the appropriate actions to avoid on-coming traffic, pedestrians, other vehicles exiting adjacent parking spaces, or stationary obstacles near the parking space.
  •  If you drive forward into the parking space, you have set yourself up for some future hazards when you return to your vehicle.
  • Reverse parking may initially take some effort to get used to. However, just like wearing a seat belt, it will soon become second nature.

Backing out of a parking space can be dangerous. When backing out keep the following in mind:

  • You may have to back your vehicle entirely out into the traffic lane before you can even see the oncoming traffic. (very unsafe);
  • Your field of vision is limited;
  • You can't see what is below the back of the vehicle. (an animal, an obstruction, a child, etc.);
  • The rear and side window pillars of the vehicle create greater blind spots while backing up than while driving forward;
  • Larger vehicles next to your vehicle can block your view to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

The above posting was submitted by Puneet Korpal of Calgary, Alberta, Canada for sharing knowledge which can save lives and property.....Each time you park; ask yourself “why am I reverse parking?” and then carry this safety thought with you for the rest of the day.

There are 1 additional comments.

#1 Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on 5/20/2004
Thank you Puneetji for sharing this very important and practical knowledge that is now becoming a necessity in life in industrialized nations. In industrialize countries a car or any mororized vehicle is becoming a life necessity and not a luxury any more....but it is surprising that most of the drivers never learn fully how to drive scientifically and safely.... and then in actual practice most of the drivers do not practice the driving with the same consciousness as we take care of our children...that is with full nuturning and caring cognizant of all exisiting around the car....


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