SA drivers - better to be safe than sorry when reversing

18 March 2010

SGIC is urging SA drivers to be alert when reversing with claims data showing that in 2009, more than 25 per cent of collisions in SA occurred when drivers were reversing*.

The insurer also found that 11 per cent of those reversing collisions involved reverse parking.

SGIC surveyed 500 SA drivers about reverse parking, revealing that more than 50 per cent of male drivers feel very confident when reverse parking compared to 20 per cent of female drivers**. However, the insurer’s claims data showed female drivers have fewer reverse parking collisions than male drivers.

SGIC spokesperson Emily Gatt said all SA drivers really need to take extra care when reversing.

“We encourage drivers to pause, check their rear-view mirror and look over their shoulder as a final step before reversing to avoid any unnecessary collisions.

“We are also pleased to see more and more cars with reversing cameras and sensors which aid the driver’s visibility.

“We want to remind all SA drivers to check their blind spots when reversing to avoid a collision,” Ms Gatt added.

SGIC offers the following tips to drivers when reversing:

  • Be alert at all times and watch out for other drivers;
  • If you are reversing in a car park, go slow and don't just rely on your mirrors - look over your shoulder as well;
  • Car technology such as cameras and reverse sensors can assist drivers when they are reversing, however drivers still need to be aware of what is around them;
  • Treat your driveway like a road, especially when reversing, keeping an eye out for pedestrians and cars.

* Based on SGIC motor comprehensive claims data sourced in February 2010 for the period of January to December 2009.

** Based on Pure Profile Research, February 2010