Reverse parking highlights fleet maintenance risks

While automotive manufacturers and fleet managers pay plenty of attention to the dangers vehicles face out on the road, how many are aware of the many low speed dangers that can impact fleet maintenance?

The average panel beating cost can reach as high as $1,000.

Although incidents around the country's car parks may not be as serious as those experienced on the open road, the combination of vehicles, tight parking spaces and heavy pedestrian traffic pose a number of risks. After all, even bumps, scrapes and dings can affect a fleet's operation, and panel beating can be a notable expense for any business to manage. 

According to Smash Masters Collision Repair Centre, the average panel beating cost hovers around the $1,000 mark, a figure to likely worry fleet managers at any business. 

What's the key to car park safety?

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently launched an investigation into car parking habits, finding that many drivers are unwittingly increasing risk every time they leave a parking space. 

According to the AAA, more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of the drivers it surveyed park facing forwards. While this makes it easier to enter a parking space, many drivers are unaware it actually increases the risk of causing damage to a vehicle. 

One of the many safety features that adorn modern vehicles is rear a cross-traffic alert system, which is intended to warn drivers of traffic when they're reversing. However, the AAA discovered this technology has a range of blind spots, many of which add unnecessary danger to the process. 

The AAA discovered that these systems can't detect passing motorcyclists, bicycle riders or pedestrians 100 per cent of the time. In fact for motorbikes, rear cross-traffic alerts will fail to detect them more than half the time. 

Do you know how to stay safe in a car park?Do you know how to stay safe in a car park?

Are autonomous cars the answer?

Autonomous vehicles are promising many things, and reduced fleet maintenance costs could be one of them if new consumer reports are accurate. The World Economic Forum (WEF) surveyed drivers to discover what they're expecting from these vehicles once they become commonplace on the roads. 

According to the WEF, many drivers are excited about the fact that a rise in autonomous vehicles means they won't have to deal with parking concerns, hopefully creating a safer car park environment for people around the country. 

With the organisation also finding that these people are willing to pay up to $5,000 more for these vehicles than regular cars, it's likely they will become a common sight in the future.