Friday, August 22, 2014

Full Speed Astern

Just using your rear-view camera doesn't really constitute "looking" before you back up.

How else do you explain the fact that you backed into another car, even though "no one was coming when I checked my monitor"?

Next time, try expending the 3 calories necessary to actually turn your head to the side and look, and maybe you'll see the oncoming traffic instead of just the 8 square feet directly behind you.


Anonymous said...

You hear the best excuses...better than the ones I've heard from students and parents in my role as a high school teacher.

Loren Pechtel said...

Still better than what happened to me some years ago. She backed out, I saw that I couldn't evade and did the only thing I could: Laid on the horn.

She heard me, she thought I was just objecting to her backing out in front of me. While the damage was tiny she managed to hit right between the front and rear doors, a ding a little over an inch wide was over $1000 to fix.

Anonymous said...

And yet we are in the process of mandating these rear view cameras. I have one and it is useful, but only when backing into a defined parking spot. Otherwise people, crane your head around because you never know who might step, drive, or ride into the space you are about to occupy.