As winter weather sets in ,condensation is a #roadsafety issue in your car when leaving your driveway in the morning impairing your vision , make sure you clear all windows and mirrors before moving so reverse in & drive Out.We also need to remember that as weather gets colder animals are attracted to the warmth of a car so check wheel arches or other hiding places.
It’s far safer according to Mayo County Council who want to get people into the habit of doing every time they park their car.
Ahead of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims next Sunday the local council wants people to be aware of the problem of limited rear vision and the danger it poses, especially to children. The council says that the tragedy can be even greater in cases where there is a child fatality as a result of reversing because most of these cases occur in the family driveway with a member of the family behind the wheel.Nowadays, with most new cars coming with backup cameras and parking assist systems, it is easier to reverse-park than ever.38 children aged 14 years and under were killed on Irish roads between 2010 and 2015. The most recent RSA Child Casualty Report found that 41% of all child fatalities occurred in built-up areas.
Reversing was involved in 11 per cent of all fatal workplace transport accidents they say. Modern cars are designed to have fantastic forward vision, but they also have large blind spots when people try to look to the rear according to Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons. He wants people to ‘Reverse-in, Drive out’: You hear so much about young children who are injured when parents are backing out of driveways. We want it so that once people are in their cars they are looking straight ahead. If people can develop it as a way of life. Just like putting on a seat-belt we want to get them used to reversing into the drive. The council says that it feels that if a person gets into the habit of reversing into their parking space in work it will lead to motorists doing the same in their homes. Driveways are dangerous Don’t rely on parking sensors or a reversing camera, you may not notice a small child until it is too late to stop.
Check the rear-view mirror, look over your shoulder before reversing and always supervise children who are near a moving vehicleDriveways should be treated with the same caution as roads, the same dangers are present. Take particular care for your child’s safety, especially when cars are pulling in and out. The council says that it feels that if a person gets into the habit of reversing into their parking space in work it will lead to motorists doing the same in their homes. Make it a daily habit… Take 30 seconds to do a 360 a Walk Around Circle for Safety (just walk around your vehicle before you get into it and look for any hazards)
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