Parking and reversing account for almost one in 10 serious van accidents, according to an investigation by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
Figures from the Department for Transport show there were 1,350 parking and reversing van accidents involving light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tonnes in 2016 that resulted in deaths or serious and slight injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians or cyclists.
Far more parking and reversing incidents also occur which do not have a direct ‘human’ impact – but which will inevitably affect fleet and business operations.
As well as causing injuries, these accidents force vans off the road and into Van Centres for repairs. Downtime costs fleets an average of £550 a day per van while average UK car repair bills stand at £1,678**.
Parking cameras and sensors can reduce the chance or severity of accidents modern driver assistance systems eliminate the risk of accidents by parking the vehicle automatically.
To use such systems, drivers simply press a button and the vehicle uses multiple sensors to steer itself into the tightest parking spots.
All drivers have to do is operate the pedals to execute the manoeuvre. Such technologies are slowly becoming the norm.