Reversing Tips

19 February 2016 - By Eugene Herbert

Hi Folks... 


Distracted drivers, bad weather and a
myriad of other challenges face drivers when completing -what at glance – may
appear to be a simple task. In recent times we have noted a growing trend in
the number of “reversing crashes” which have, in part, been attributed to some
of the above mentioned ‘reasons’ but, truth be told, could be avoided by
following the tips listed below (circulated previously in December 2012).


While we know that most of our readers
are probably quite competent, a reminder on these would not be wasted, even if
only to share with other drivers in the company or our family.


-    Get
to know a vehicle’s blind spots. Remember that mirrors can never give the whole
picture when reversing.


-    Think
in advance. Don’t put yourself in unnecessary reversing situations.


-    Park
defensively. Choose easy-exit parking spaces that don’t crowd neighbouring
vehicles. Park in the centre of your parking space.


-    If
needed, take extra measures when parking. Again, this involves thinking ahead.
If a restricted space doesn’t permit driving all the way through or room to
turn around, you should back into parking space (assuming this complies with
local ordinances). That way, when you leave you can drive forward and head to
the exit.


-    Perform
a walk-around. Walking around a vehicle gives you a first-hand view of the area
you will reverse into and will alert you to any limitations or hazards. Check
for children, soft or muddy areas, potholes, tire hazards and other dangers.


-    Know
the clearances. When performing a walk-around, check for obstructions,
low-hanging trees and wires, and any other potential clearance-related
problems.


-    Remember
that every backing situation is new and different. You may back out of the same
spot day after day, but don’t allow yourself to get complacent and relax. Be
watchful each time for changes and new obstacles.


-    After
finishing the walk-around, don’t delay. Return to the vehicle and start
reversing within a few seconds. This will allow very little time for people or
obstacles to change behind the vehicle.


Until next time – Watch your back.


Eugene Herbert



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