Backovers

A Look Backwards (Backovers)

One of the most heartbreaking causes of injury and death involving motor vehicles occurs when a vehicle backs into and over a child playing in his or her own driveway.

Finding from (NHTSA)

These so-called “back-over” crashes each year, account for 201 fatalities and 15,000 injuries reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Last year, with the goal of eliminating as many of these deaths and injuries as possible, the NHTSA adopted a rule requiring rear-visibility technology for vehicles manufactured on or after May 1, 2018. According to a recent test of back-up cameras from 17 vehicles and 11 manufacturers, rearview cameras were found to increase rear blind-zone area visibility by an average 46%.

The biggest improvement involves hatch backs and small sedans.

Nothing is 100%

TIP: According to the test mentioned above, no rear-view camera shows 100% of the space behind a vehicle (especially SUV’s and crossovers). Drivers should always inspect behind their vehicles before getting in them and checking the back-up cameras.

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Written by Maryann Croce

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