The Car Geek: Backing Up Safely

The Car Geek

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Backing Up Safely

Most of us don’t think too much about backing our vehicles out of a parking lot or driveway. Unfortunately, thousands of children pay the price of this kind of thinking by being killed or seriously injured by drivers (who, more often than not are their parents or close relatives) who “just didn’t see” them come up behind the vehicle to wave goodbye or pick up a toy. These children still do not understand the concept of personal safety – not comprehending that the big black thing their mommy just got into could run them over.

A neighbor of mine almost ran over his three year old while backing his Ford Explorer in his driveway. If his wife hadn’t screamed for him to stop they would have easily lost their son. And “just didn’t see him” would have never consoled such tragic loss.

An easy way to prevent such catastrophe is doing a quick walk around your vehicle before getting in and backing up. Even after a walk-around, double check all three of your Ford’s mirrors before you put your vehicle in reverse. If your Ford’s mirrors are cracked or damaged, try not to put off replacing them too long. Reliable online auto parts stores like Auto Parts Inner are just a click away for your replacement auto parts needs. During inclement weather, be extra cautious as small children can slip on ice and snow, becoming lodged underneath a vehicle's tire. Take extreme caution in parking lots, residential neighborhoods, and especially near schools and playgrounds. Just because you don’t think it will happen to you means it won’t.