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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to safely reverse a car


    Reversing a car into or out of a drive-way, into or out of parking spaces or for any other reason needs to be practised, and a few safety rules should be observed at all times. The first and perhaps most important rule is to always check the area to be reversed into to make sure it is clear of family members (in particular smaller children who may be playing behind the vehicle); other pedestrians, cyclists or pets; fallen debris or other potential obstacles and, of course, other vehicles.

    Basic reversing technique

    When reversing to the left or in a straight line, drivers should use the following technique:

    • Turn the body left to view the rear window’s centre
    • Place the right hand at the steering wheel’s top (12 o’clock) position
    • Carefully watching the rear window, engage the reverse gear and gently accelerate to begin moving backwards slowly
    • To move the vehicle towards the left, turn the steering wheel slightly towards the 11 o’clock position (to go right, turn it to the one o’clock position)

    When reversing to the right, drivers should turn their bodies to the right and look over their right shoulder. Side mirrors may be used to assist, but should not be used exclusively for reversing purposes. It is also recommended to:

    • Avoid reversing over long distances
    • Avoid reversing too rapidly
    • Avoid over-correcting (a car’s direction changes quickly with the slightest steering wheel movement)

    It is also advisable to aim for a distant object, rather than focussing on close-by obstacles or the curb.

    Road traffic accidents

    Taking a little extra care while reversing can help to prevent minor road accidents and personal injuries. This certainly applies to reversing in car parks, or when parking on the side of a road. When it comes to children or pets in drive-ways, it may, in fact, prevent accidents with potentially tragic consequences.

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    Injuries by reversing cars

    If you were injured by accidents involving drivers reversing too rapidly or without ensuring nothing/nobody is behind them, you may have the right to claim for compensation.

    Car accident claims

    Claims for personal injury compensation can be initiated by contacting Accident Advice Helpline via a freephone number or online. Calls to this highly recommended law firm are obligation free and confidential. All claims are dealt with by in-house lawyers specialising in traffic-related injury compensation on a no win no fee* basis.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: SM Content

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.