Now we're gonna cover backing emergencies
and how to prevent them. Most of us are well
aware of the countless lives that are lost
and those who are injured in highway accidents
every year. But how many of us think about
the lives that are lost from slow backing
accidents that may even occur at our own homes?
Whether or not a person is alert and whether
they're trying to be careful, we just cannot
believe how fast a child can maneuver themselves
behind a vehicle and end up in a blind spot
where they're unable to be detected in the
left, the right, or the middle rearview mirror.
So it's important that we put some policies
in place before we ever put the car in reverse
to ensure that these children are safe before
we begin backing out. The one method that
I've liked and implemented in my own family
is to have a visible gathering place where
I can actually see the children, do a headcount,
and ensure that everyone is safe and in front
of the car before I ever back the vehicle
out. This allows me to watch the children,
monitor their movements, and still be careful
as I check my rearview mirrors as I'm backing
out slowly. Remember that it's important
that we always back out at a minimal speed,
so as to be able to stop at any moment's
notice that there's an emergency. And an
ounce of prevention is worth an pound of cure.
And what precious life isn't worth a little
inconvenience if in the end, it adds up to
safety for everyone.