The vehicle is usually only moving slowly and is often being driven by a parent, family member or friend. We don't think of small children as being in danger in such a familiar and caring environment - but they are!
Small children are naturally inquisitive and want to see what's going on. They can also move surprisingly quickly.
In the time it takes for the driver to say goodbye and start the car, a child can move from a 'safe' position onto the driveway and into the path of the vehicle.
Small children can be impossible to see from inside a car, especially if they are immediately behind it.
The rear vision of a number of popular cars has been tested and results show that there is not a 'blind spot' but in fact a large 'blind space' behind most cars.
Even if your car has parking sensors or a video camera fitted, you may not notice a small child until it is too late to stop.
NRMA Insurance Reversing Visibility Index
In an NRMA Insurance study the reversing visibility for more than 80 of the most popular vehicles has been assessed.
The Index shows that there are large differences in the results for the vehicles tested and even the best vehicle has a blind area of around 3 metres that could easily hide a child. A complete listing of the ratings is available from the NRMA Insurance website - Reversing Visibility.
|5 and 4.5 stars||Ford Territory with OEM Camera, Lexus RX350 with OEM Camera|
|4 and 3.5 stars||Proton Savy with OEM Sensors, Honda Jazz|
|3 and 2.5 stars||Holden Astra, VW Polo (hatch)|
|2 and 1.5 star||Mitsubishi Outlander, Audi A3 with OEM Sensors|
|1 and 0 stars||Subaru Liberty, Toyota RAV4|
* The greater the number of stars, the safer the reversing rating.
While there is no substitute for supervision, if you are considering purchasing a device to assist driver awareness at the rear of a car, some consumer tips are available on the MAA website.
Download the 'Child safety in your driveway' brochure. (PDF 332KB/4 pages)
This brochure is also available in Vietnamese (PDF 324KB/2 pages)