How to Back a Car Out of the Driveway

by Marsanne Petty

Backing your car out of a driveway is a fact of life. In today's society, it is almost impossible to own a car and never have to back it up. It is important to remember that traffic laws do not allow for "driving" more than necessary in reverse, nor is it safe to do so.

Walk around your car to ensure that there isn't a child, pet or toy in the way. Avoid fatal accidents and damage to your car by taking this quick step. A walk around the car should generally take less than a minute.

Position your body so that you can turn and look out the rear window while you have your car in reverse. This allows you to see the end of your driveway and where you are going. By doing this, you will have a greater chance of seeing another car, person or animal if it is coming your way. In addition, you will be able to check all of your mirrors from this position.

Back out of your driveway slowly, making sure that you are constantly looking for any obstacles. Do not press the gas hard.

Remember that your tires will go in the opposite direction of your steering wheel when your car is in reverse. Keep this in mind and turn the steering wheel accordingly to the direction that you need to go.

About the Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera car image by Byron Moore from Fotolia.com