What’s behind us as drivers is so much less visible than what lies ahead. Sadly, most driveway run-overs occur at home. Safe backing up requires the driver to look behind his or her vehicle prior to getting into it, again prior to backing and while backing. It is recommended that drivers look back over their shoulder if possible. Cameras and proximity alert systems are a great supplement to looking and watching through rear-view mirrors, but vigilance is still required to avoid tragedy.
Care must be taken in parking lots and roadways, too. One frequent issue involves overrunning a stop sign, then backing up at the intersection while waiting for the light to turn. It’s better to just stay where you are rather than risk backing into an improper place or vehicle.
The driver of a vehicle shall not back the vehicle unless the movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with other traffic. The driver of a vehicle shall not back the vehicle on any access road, exit or entrance ramp or roadway of a controlled access highway (ARS 28-28-891).