We have a saying here at AvatarFleet: Parked cars don’t have accidents, people do. If you back into something, it’s your fault and yours alone (not to mention, it’s embarrassing). Backing accidents are some of the most common that occur - and the most preventable. So why do we have them?
While backing accidents are rarely severe, there’s always that small chance it could be serious. What if you hit another car, or worse, a pedestrian, or a cyclist? The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that a backing accident can cost $7,000. Moreover, backing accidents cause 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries every year. An everyday, simple task such as backing can have huge consequences if not taken seriously.
Backing is one of the most common causes of accidents, yet there are simple methods that drastically reduce the chance of a collision. Here are six simple tips to prevent backing accidents:
Many of us fall into bad habits with backing. When you pull-out of your driveway every morning, you’re probably performing the same bad behaviors without even realizing. You hop in, buckle up, and backup without really even looking. We fall into these bad habits because they make our lives easier. And, if they haven’t caused a problem or an accident, why stop? Well, the 300:29:1 theory states that we’re playing with fire. Eventually, a bad behavior will lead to a major accident.
You can start good behaviors just as easily as you started the bad ones. Make a habit out of safe backing with this checklist:
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