Rear Visibility Technology Significant Improvements: 1.Wide angle, night vision rear-view cameras activated in Reverse with visual distance indicators 2.Audible warnings of objects and motion when reversing Availability: Many aftermarket options available for existing vehicles Standard on ~15-20% of 2013 vehicles; Option, often with navigation, on most new vehicles Anticipated to be required on vehicles soon (original 100% target year was 2014 but delays in implementation) Additional Benefits: Provides current information about objects behind your vehicle Prevent repair expenses from minor backing accidents Parking ease (tighter parallel spots, better positioning in pull through spots) Improved safety for family pets
Tips for Parents Be observant of neighborhood hazards including overgrown landscaping, open garage doors, idling vehicles, and work/delivery trucks; Teach kids to watch for these potential hazards Warn kids and make them move safely away from your vehicle prior to getting into your vehicle. Know where your kids are at all times and if youre unsure, check to see where they are. Make your driveway a toyfree zone. Be sure to keep your driveway /yard clear of toys, balls, sports equipment, or other objects that could tempt a child to dart behind your car. Create a separate secure play area for your kids away from the family driveway. Teach toddlers and kids at an early age how dangerous vehicles are, that drivers usually cannot see you and to stay far enough away from cars at all times. Hold toddlers and young preschoolers when someone is backing out, so they arent tempted to dart towards a moving vehicle. Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even when completing the simplest errands and keep your doors locked at all times. Visit KidsAndCars.org to learn about other potential vehicle hazards
Tips for Drivers Realize that both conscientiousness and visibility are required to prevent back-over accidents; Consider investing in improved rear visibility on your vehicles Understand that young children are impulsive and often less aware of the big picture Avoid parking in places where you will need to back up, for example, consider parking on street instead of pulling into driveway, utilize pull through spots, etc. Complete a Circle of Safety sweep of your vehicle, to look around each tire, underneath the vehicle and also in the general vicinity for any kids that may be nearby. If there are kids present, maintain consistent eyesight of them the entire time while backing out your driveway. Stop immediately if you lose sight for even one second. Recognize that there are blind spots in front and behind of every vehicle, and become familiar with each. Remember the larger and higher the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. Never back out in a rush. Those seconds you save rushing to back out reduce the chance for a child to move out of the way and increase the severity of damage. If your landscaping creates a blind spot remove it or trim it back. If you sit idle for even just a few seconds to answer a call or check messages, get out to recheck behind your vehicle. Always set your parking brake especially if there is any kind of an incline in your driveway.