Diligence by drivers can often avoid the tragic results of a backover accident. Since children in the at-risk age have very little understanding of personal safety, it is up to the adults to take precautions in order to minimize the risk of inadvertently backing over a child. Here are some helpful safety tips to keep children safe in driveways:
-Know where your kids are. Make children move away from the car until they are in full, unobstructed view.
-Prior to moving the car, walk around and behind the vehicle
-Steep driveways add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle
-Keep toys off of the driveway.
-Keep your vehicle locked at all times and always set your parking brake.
-Keys and/or remote openers should be kept out of children's reach
-When traveling with children, make sure all children have left the car when exiting
-During busy times like holidays, leaving for vacation, getting kids to school, be careful with children in and around cars.
-NEVER leave children alone in and around cars!
-Consider installing special equipment such as audible collision detectors, back up cameras or cross view mirrors.
These are just a few suggestions to help reduce the risk of injuring children in a backover accident. Never assume that a child knows to stay away from a vehicle. Keeping a watchful eye at all times could help avoid a tragic accident involving a child.