Reversing reminder

Simple checks to keep pedestrians safe around reversing vehicles.

Member Keith White credits his reversing sensors and camera with saving the life of a child at Birtinya on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr White was preparing to reverse out of a petrol station parking space in his Mitsubishi ASX when the vehicle’s reversing sensor alerted him to a child standing in the blind spot behind his vehicle.

“I put my car into reverse and the alarm started up straight away, so I looked at the reversing camera and saw a kid standing right behind my car,” Mr White said.

“The kid was too small to see in my rear-vision mirrors and if I hadn’t had that reversing camera and alarm alerting me immediately that something was wrong it could have been a whole different story. 

“Anybody without a camera wouldn’t have seen the kid at all… the camera technology saved that little kid from serious injury.”

Moreton District Police Sergeant Sarah Grayson said crashes and near-misses involving pedestrians and reversing vehicles were common.

“There have been incidents in our police district, including a fatality, so we want to remind people to be aware of your surroundings when you’re reversing and where your children are,” Sgt Grayson said.

“Reversing cameras and sensors help but nothing can take away from physically looking behind you and walking around the car before you get into reverse, especially if you have young children.”

Mr White said his near-miss incident reminded drivers to pay attention to their surroundings. 

“When I tell people about what happened they get that look like they’re thinking ‘what if that happened to me?’,” he said.

“I’m thankful for my reversing alarms and cameras… they’re very handy as a tool to use but not a replacement for your mirrors.”

Sgt Grayson recommended drivers enlist the help of passengers when reversing during the busy holiday season.

“The logistics of trying to reverse out safely can be quite tricky so if there’s two adults in the car, the passenger can get out to make sure the path is clear for the driver to reverse or to let nearby pedestrians know the car is reversing, particularly in big shopping centre car parks,” she said.

“We do it when we’re reversing trailers and caravans so having that second pair of eyes when there’s people and other cars around can really help.”

Before you reverse

  • Check your surroundings.
  • Look before reversing.
  • Know what’s behind you.
  • Know where your children are.