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.
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.
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.
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.