GREENSBORO, NC -- This weekend, a Greensboro toddler died when a driver backed over her. It happened right in the driveway.
According to Kids&Cars.org, 50 children are backed over every week because a driver could not see them.
When you don't have backup camera in your vehicle, you have a major blindzone. To give you an idea of just how big of a blindzone, we asked two drivers without cameras to tell us when they could see an orange cone. We placed the cone directly behind the vehicles, one a truck, one a sedan.
We started with the cone 10 feet back. Neither driver could see it. We moved 20 feet back and then 30 feet. One of the drivers was getting frustrated that they couldn't see the cone, "I feel like I'm failing this test!"
Finally, both drivers could see all or pieces and parts of the cone at 40 feet. WOW. You probably figured the truck would have a bigger blindzone, but Kids&Cars.org says while the average blind zone is 15 to 25 feet, shorter drivers have larger blind zones.
If you don't have one of these back up cameras, the best solution is to take a quick walk around the vehicle before you get in. Backup cameras will be standard on all new cars and some light trucks as of May 2018.
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