If you are in a rush, you could endanger a child. When backing out of a driveway (or parking spot), take a moment to ensure there is nobody in a blind spot. Injuries and even deaths occur when a child is behind the vehicle unbeknownst to the driver.
- Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles. Keep toys or bicycles off the driveway.
- Designate safe play areas for your children that are off the driveway and away from vehicles.
- If children play in the driveway, have an adult supervise at all times.
- Keep vehicles in driveways or garages locked and store keys out of children’s reach to avoid children getting in a vehicle and turning it on or moving it on accident.
- When backing out of the driveway or parked spot:
- Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing and make sure all children are safe and accounted for.
- Turn off your radio to better hear your surroundings. Roll down windows to listen for children or pedestrians.
- Know your vehicle’s blind spots and look again before backing. Check your rearview and side mirrors.
- Keep your foot on the brake until you completely shift into reverse. Look directly through the rear window and back out slowly.
- Look both ways especially over a sidewalk or other area where children or pedestrians are present like school zones and residential areas.
- Florida law states that the driver of a vehicle shall not back up unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic. Take a second look if you have any doubt!
- Refer to the official Florida Driver License Handbook for more information on car and driveway safety.