Backing Up Is Hard To Do: 10 Tips For Backing Up A Car Safely

Backing up a vehicle is a challenge for every new driver. Not only are you maneuvering the vehicle in an unfamiliar way —a vehicle you’re probably still getting used to— but you also have limited visibility.

It is estimated that poor backing up techniques can be blamed for approximately 25% of collisions. Hundreds of pedestrians are killed every year by backup collisions, many of which are children under the age of five.

Why Is Backing Up So Dangerous To Pedestrians?

Even at a very slow speed, backing up a car is dangerous —especially in larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. Depending on the type of vehicle and the height of the driver, a rear blind spot can extend as far as 15 metres.

As many as 62 children can fit in the blind spot of a large SUV, and in some models, anyone under 5’ tall is completely invisible to the driver using just their mirrors. Even when reversing at a glacial speed, impact with a child can result in tragedy, with the majority of backing up incidents occurring in driveways and parking lots.

Don’t hang up your keys just yet —by developing good driving habits, new drivers can avoid back-up collisions and become better all-around drivers.

Top 10 Tips For Backing Up A Car Safely

Here are our Top 10 Tips for Backing Up a Car for new drivers:

  1. Get to know your vehicle's blind spots and the areas they cover. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to help you identify your blind spots, and remember that steep inclines add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.

  2. Confirm that you have a clear path before starting to reverse. If there’s any doubt, get out of your vehicle and do a walk-around, checking especially for children and other pedestrians who may not be visible in your mirrors.