I’ve recently developed the habit of physically checking around my personal vehicle when I need to back up. Even with a backing camera, proximity detection systems and other technology that we take for granted, there are blind spots that can be missed, or technology could be malfunctioning. There is no substitute for physically checking behind your vehicle. Be it your neighbor’s pet or a child on a bike, it only takes a few seconds to prevent what could be a lifetime of regret. It’s an easy habit to take a quick walk around your vehicle.
Other tips for safe backing:
- Rock side to side in the driver’s seat to eliminate blind spots through rear windows of the vehicle.
- Avoid distractions such as radios, mobile devices and attending to children.
- Refrain from blocking rear windows with groceries and other household items.
- Slow down and choose extra care and caution.
Kyle Black’s Safety Moment is a monthly column on FingerLakes1.com.