Reversing Advice for drivers
Reversing is probably the most dangerous manoeuvre you will perform in your vehicle.
Many Incidents result in minor damage, such as bent wing mirrors and bumpers or costly damage to vehicles, equipment and premises. However, they can also be fatal and the larger the vehicle, the more chance of death or serious injury. The good news is that most of these crashes can be prevented by following some simple safety rules.
- Damage to the vehicle, either a bump or scrape or it could be written off.
- Damage to company property or another company vehicle.
- Damage to someone else’s property or vehicle.
- A third party may be injured or killed, potentially resulting in prosecution.
- You may be injured or distressed, requiring time off from work.
- Avoid reversing whenever possible. If you need to manoeuvre, consider if it could be done by driving forward.
- If you have to reverse, minimise the distance, do it slowly and keep checking around you.
- If you need to turn while driving on a public road, avoid three point turns. It is much safer to drive to the next roundabout than to risk someone’s life by manoeuvring dangerously.
- Keep your mirrors clean and use them.
- Never reverse when pedestrians are about.
- Always follow on-site manoeuvring procedures such as one way systems.
- Be aware of blind spots behind, in front and to the sides of your vehicle. Reversing devices such as cameras can increase visibility. If fitted , use them and always ensure that they are working.
- Always keep banks-man in full view when reversing and ensure you are familiar with banks-man signals.
- Reverse into parking spaces, not out of them. There is less chance of hitting a person or another vehicle.
- If someone offers to help you reverse, agree a signal for stop and keep them in view.
- Be aware of your blind spots and small objects that may be out of sight. Most people have reversed into a bollard or low wall at some point. Remember that next time it could be a small child.
- When arriving home at the end of the day reverse into your garage or drive. This saves wear and tear on your car in the morning and makes exit easier.
The main risks if you are involved in a reversing collision are:
Advice for all drivers:
Advice for lorry and bus drivers:
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Many new vehicles today will offer reversing sensors as a factory fitted or dealer fitted option to most models. Sensors are installed in the rear bumper of the vehicle and a speaker is fitted to the car dashboard the system is activated when reverse gear is selected and an audible beeping sound is emitted the beeps get quicker as the rear of the vehicle approaches another vehicle and become a constant tone when the rear is a fraction from the vehicle behind.
Reversing sensors are extremely accurate, I tested one on a solitary plastic road maker by reversing toward it and the system was easily able to identify it and warn me as to my proximity. Reversing sensors are also available as an aftermarket add on for a wide variety of vehicles and can be installed by your local garage or competent do it yourself motorists.
If your vehicle is fitted with a towing hitch advice should be sought on the suitability of a reversing sensor for your particular vehicle configuration.
Modern technology has given drivers the ability to see the rear of their vehicle in a totally different way with the invention of the reversing camera. A modern high quality image is transmitted to a screen on the dashboard from a miniature weatherproof reversing camera located at the rear of the vehicle. The reversing camera is now often available as an option on new vehicles and is also available as an aftermarket addition to your vehicle. The reversing camera can be retro fitted by a competent motor mechanic or auto electrician.
do it yourself car owners can also purchase reversing cameras and associated equipment for self fitting to almost any vehicle on the road today.
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For more driving advice see safe driving tips and hints.