During summer season or days with warm weather, kids go outside to shoot hoops, ride bikes, and play hide-and-seek on or near driveways. Children playing near to cars in motion can be dangerous. It only takes the impulse of a child or a lapse in supervision from your part for a backover to happen. This accident is preventable, provided that you follow guidelines to keep children safe.
What is a Backover?
It is an accident that occurs when a driver backs a vehicle into either a pedestrian or a cyclist when leaving a parking space or driveway. This kind of accident often happens at a relatively low speed and usually involves a kid. The reasons are obvious: kids are oblivious to the world around them, and even worse, elders fail to keep an eye on them. That said, drivers have to check mirrors and make sure that the road behind is free of any oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and/or any hazards.
While a driver may be at fault for the accident, you have to do the needful to make sure that your kids stay on their rightful place as a vehicle backs out of a driveway. While others may be at fault, as the saying goes “prevention is better than cure.”
What you Should Do to Prevent a Backover
As per KidsAndCars, the nationwide estimate for backovers is 61% a year. One kid is too many.Do not worry; with some amount of caution, you can avoid these accidents from happening. Here are ten tips to help keep your kids safe from a backing up pick-up truck accident or something similar to that.
- Child Supervision
Keep a close eye on your children when they are whiling away time by playing where automobiles are present. A moment of distraction is enough to cause an accident.
- Your Driveway Is No Playground
That said, if there is no vehicle parked on your driveway and kids are going there to play, then create a barrier between your driveway and the street. That way, vehicles cannot get into the driveway, as the area is separate from the road. Let your kids know they are allowed to play only in the area you have designated for that purpose.
- Clean it Up
Ensure that your driveway is clear of sports and games items and toys at all times. Kids may not be all that tempted to run after an automobile to grab their stray toy.
- Playing Around Vehicles
Instruct your kids not to play in or near autos, and lock your vehicle when it is not in use. Teach them that motorcycles, trucks, and cars are not toys. Kids should never be hiding beneath a car or in a truck bed at some point in a hide-and-seek game.
- Hold Young Kids
If a vehicle is about to back out of a driveway, then hold your toddler or preschooler tight to keep him or her from running away from your grasp.
- Old Kids can Go Stand at One Side
Tell older kids who pay good attention to everything to move away from your driveway and stand in a place where that backing out driver can spot them. Stress just how vital it is to not run after their friend or relative; if they urgently have to get the attention of the driver, then they can just jump up and down or wave their arms from a reasonably safe distance.
- Be the First to Act
Assume kids may be around before you back up your car. Check to see if children are playing on the street when you approach your vehicle. Look below and walk around that auto to make sure kids or pets are not using it as a place to hide.
- Blind Spots
When you drive a large SUV or a truck, blinds spots of these could just be bigger compared to smaller vehicles. No matter the size of a vehicle, look behind before you back up, and avoid relying only on mirrors.
- Slow Down
After ensuring no one is behind you, back up your vehicle slowly. For better attention, be sure to turn off your vehicle’s radio, and roll its window down if you can do it. Be ready to stop your vehicle right away if a kid dashes behind it.
- Backup Safety Systems
With an RVS (rearview video system), you can have a wide-angle view of all things behind your vehicle. Other safety systems feature motion sensors, which beep when there is something behind a car. This technology may enhance safety, but avoid relying only on backup safety system to prevent an accident. When a car is backing up, always be alert and follow the above suggestions.