Whenever possible at our facility, we aim to avoid backing any of our vehicles. It is much safer to go around and make a loop. When we do require a backing maneuver, we get out and look (GOAL). 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:
- Turn your head around and rock side to side in the driver’s seat to eliminate blind spots through rear windows of the vehicle.
- Check rear and side mirrors.
- Avoid distractions such as radios, mobile devices and attending to children.
- Refrain from blocking rear windows with groceries and other household items.
- Understand traffic patterns and stay within those patterns.
- Move slowly and choose extra care and caution.
Editor’s Note: Safety Moment is a monthly column by Kyle Black of Seneca Meadows.