Avoiding Accidents in Your Driveway
How to Prevent Backover Deaths
Biggers Mazda, your Carol Stream Mazda dealership, cares about the safety of you and your family. Backover deaths are an endemic, causing thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year in driveways around the country. Backing into a family member or child is something no one wants to do., but unforeseen, and sometimes unavoidable, circumstances occur: pedestrians dart into traffic, children run behind cars, bikers, pets, and other people can appear in the path of a reversing vehicle. So what can you do to avoid hitting something behind you? How can you avoid hitting something you can’t see?
There isn’t now, nor has there ever been, a standard for automotive rear vision. However, a non-profit called kidsandcars.org is advocating that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA adopt some sort of minimum amount of rearward visibility standard. This comes after the passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act. The latter requires automakers to provide an unobstructed view of the rear. This does not require the presence of sonar or cameras, though those are either optional or standard on 41% of current vehicles. If and when an act passes that requires one of these safety features, automakers will be able to satisfy the requirement how they want to.
Some Car Makers Embrace Change
Even the smallest cars has a large blind spot immediately behind the vehicle. Many vehicle makers aren’t waiting for the final regulation to go into effect and are marketing cars with rearview cameras that eliminate this blind spot if used effectively. The cameras have the added perk of making parking in small spots easier to navigate. Some aftermarket automotive electronics manufacturers have even made cameras that can be retrofitted to work with and existing vehicle when paired with an original or aftermarket LCD screen in the dash.
If you are interested in retrofitting and existing vehicle with one of these sophisticated new safety accessories, contact our parts department. We also have a selection of vehicles that come with a rearview camera or rear hazard detection system as a standard or optional feature. Check out our inventory online or come visit our dealership at 1310 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120.