Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Did you know that many children are killed or seriously injured in backover incidents?. A backover incident typically occurs when a vehicle coming out of a driveway or parking space backs over an unattended child because the driver did not see him or her.Backup cameras have become ubiquitous on all varieties of cars-- from the most affordable subcompacts to the priciest of exotics-- but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just issued a long-awaited ruling that will make the technology legally required on every sub-10,000 pound vehicle by May of 2018.

Safety is our highest priority U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statment, "and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents-- our children and seniors."

As anyone who's become accustomed to rear-view cameras will agree, the technology enables crucial visibility that would otherwise be unavailable from a car's rear or side mirrors. According to this 251 page document , there are stacks of data supporting the judgement, as well as the silver lining of less financial impact than initially expected because 73 percent of vehicles will be sold with rearview video systems by 2018.

The report also cites the "net cost per equivalent life saved" as ranging between $15.9 million to $26.3 million, an eerie calculation that recalls the cold, hard reality of actuarial math that was cited in the 1999 just like in the film Fight Club cars had backup.

Prevention Tips:

Teach children not to play in or around cars.

Supervise children carefully when in and around vehicles.

Always walk around your vehicle and check the area around it before backing up.

Be aware of small children-the smaller a child, the more likely it is you will not see them.

Teach children to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in it or if the car is started.

Have children in the area stand to the side of the driveway or sidewalk so you can see them as you are backing out of a driveway or parking space.

Make sure to look behind you while backing up slowly in case a child dashes behind your vehicle unexpectedly.

Roll down your windows while backing out of your driveway or parking space so that you'll be able to hear what is happening outside of your vehicle.

Teach your children to keep their toys and bikes out of the driveway.

Because kids can move unpredictably, you should actively check your mirrors while backing up.

Many cars are equipped with detection devices that provide rearview video or warning sounds, but they cannot completely take the place of actively walking around your car to make sure children are safely out of the way. Do not rely solely on these devices to detect what is behind your vehicle.

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