Atlanta, know what’s behind your new car before you start backing up

It might sound like a “no-brainer”, but blind zones are serious business and usually aren’t realized until it’s too late. Think of this post as a reminder from Southtowne Motors and myself. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the news and seen a story of a child getting hit by a car backing out of the driveway. Dozens of children are backed over every week in the U.S. with a lot who are paralyzed, or sadly pass away. Unfortunately many times this occurs as a result from a parent, or family member not paying attention when backing up their parked car. It’s usually a by-product of a combination of being hurried and not paying attention to your surroundings.

You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. There is nothing more important than that. Walk around your car before getting in and driving off. Make sure your kids and your neighbors kids are safely out of the way. Take your time and be sure no one is in harms way.

I found this video (which originally aired on CBS News) on the dangers of blind zones.  It clearly illustrates the very real danger of blind spots, particularly in regards to children.

Southtowne wants to remind you to look every time before putting your car into gear. Kids are fast and can run behind your car in an instant so always be prepared to stop. Nothing is more tragic than losing a child due to your own negligence.

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