Do a Google News search for “toddler driveway”. Go on, I dare you.
How many tragic accidents did you find? How many parents have run over their own child, in their own driveway, in just one page of search results?
I’ve been seeing these reports for several years, and paying closer attention since having my own children. These incidents seem to be occurring more and more often lately, though, and it just boggles the mind.
When reversing a car, no matter what the circumstances, you should ensure that you know what’s around you – whether it be the static objects immediately to your rear, or the dynamic ones nearby. And your own child should stand out in your mind as something to be aware of.
Whilst I do feel some sympathy for the parents in these cases, knowing that they must feel dreadful, I can’t help but lay the blame squarely at their feet. It should not be difficult to pay attention to where you are going, and to where your child is. If you don’t know where your toddler is, don’t move the car. Any parent of a toddler should know that the place you least want them to be is where they are most likely to be. Secure the child – in the house, in the car, held tightly by somebody else – before driving, especially before driving backwards.