Analysis identifies reversing/backing as key danger

10.42 | 20 March 2012 | | 1 comment

Detailed analysis of almost 80,000 fleet insurance claims has revealed that incidents involving reversing or backing result in the highest percentage of claims.

The analysis, by Interactive Driving Systems, show that 13% of all claims involved reversing/backing; this figure increases to 15% for light commercial vehicles and 19% for heavier commercial vehicles.

Given that the reversing/backing risk often affects the most vulnerable road users including children and pedestrians, Interactive Driving Systems is urging fleet managers to encourage their drivers to take more care.

Andy Cuerden, Interactive Driving Systems, said: “We believe that all drivers must exercise greater care when reversing/backing, especially fleet drivers visiting customer sites and homes as part of their daily activities.

“Because of the relatively low impact speed, many people don’t regard reversing/backing as a significant hazard. However, reversing/backing and slow speed manoeuvring incidents make up a large proportion of fleet collision costs and risks.”

“Whether you are travelling forward at 100 kilometres per hour on a highway or reversing/backing at walking pace on a customer’s site, the same vigilance, caution and courtesy must apply.”

For more information contact Will Murray on + 44 (0) 115 846 2994.


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    Many drivers fail to take effective observation when reversing. They spend more time looking forward than looking rearwards. Others rely on mirrors only (cars) and do not scan the area behind before reversing. When one drives forward they look in front (or should do) ergo when ones drives in reverse they should pay similar attention. In other words: LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING.

    Tom Harrington
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