Many Canadian drivers avoid backing up
According to a new poll, many Canadians report feeling a certain level of anxiety performing various driving tasks, and as a result, often avoid doing them.
The survey, conducted by Canadian Tire, found that 38 percent of Canada's motorists consciously avoid backing into a space at a parking lot because they're fearful they may run into someone or something. This was particularly common among women, as 51 percent said as much compared to 24 percent of men.
"Ninety percent of all driving decisions are made by what we see, but as our survey shows, once Canadians drivers shift into reverse they feel like they’re driving blind," said Andrew Davies, Vice-President of the automotive division for Canadian Tire. "Driving effectively and safely in all directions is critical to keeping our roads and driveways safe."
Canadian Tire says motorists can purchase a number of safety enhancements to make driving tasks easier, such as a rearview mirror back-up camera, a back-up sensor system or a blind spot assist system.
Not only can these gadgets potentially save a person's life, but if they come standard, they may increase a vehicle's safety rating.