#10 -- Be extra careful in reverse. Many minor collisions occur when drivers back up, most often in parking lots. Even very experienced drivers are not accustomed to driving backward, and our visibility is limited when we do so.
When you put your car in reverse, turn your upper body and your head to the right so that you can look directly out your rear window, rather than relying on your rearview mirror. Turning provides a wider view. It is incumbent on you to make sure the path is clear of vehicles, pedestrians or objects before backing.
IDEA: For SUVs, trucks and large cars a back-up camera is a small investment to protect your car, and those around you. It is especially a good idea if you live in an area with many pets or children. Between 2001 and 2003 alone, over 7,400 children ages 1 to 14 were treated for injuries after being hit by a car backing up. Many of these accidents could have been avoided through enhanced vehicle safety features, such as a back-up camera.