Take the Long Way Around

Saturday, 15 December 2012
When walking to your car it's a good idea to take the long way around to the driver's door.

This simple drill has two benefits. The first is that it allows you the chance to mentally switch on to the job of driving.

We led such busy lives today and it is easy to get caught in the rush. Whether it's to leave the house or to make the next appointment, you can find yourself behind the wheel but your mind is somewhere else.

Walking around the car allows you to get into the present and focus on the job at hand.

The second benefit is that it allows you to check the car out and make sure there isn't anything around the car that may cause you a problem.

Kids can tend to leave bikes laying in a drive way, the family pet may be sleeping behind the car or you may even find that you have a flat tyre.
Better to take a moment or two to assess the environment otherwise you may end up damaging the car or something worse.

According to leading child safety agency Kidsafe, one child is run over in the driveway of their home every week in Australia.

Studies have tested the rear vision of a number of popular cars and results show that there is a large “blind zone” behind most cars.

What else can you do to keep your child safer? Kidsafe avdise the following:

* Always supervise any children whenever a vehicle is to be moved - hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe.

* If you’re the only adult around and need to move a vehicle, even just a small distance, put children securely in the vehicle with you while you move it.
* Encourage children to play in safer areas away from the driveway and cars - the driveway is like a small road and should not be used as a play area.

*Limit a child’s access to the driveway – for example use security doors, fencing or gates

Of course, we also need to extend this type of preventitive approach anytime we're getting into a parked vehicle.

I know that walking around the car may sound like a bit of a drag, especially given our hectic lifestyle. But once you get into the habit, you'll find that it doesn't take too long at all.

A pilot walks around their plane and checks it out before it leaves the ground and drivers need to do the same before they leave the drive way.

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