Within a matter of seconds yesterday afternoon, I almost backed into a kid and got backed into by a vehicle. Thanks to a backup camera, I saw the kid at the last second, and thanks to the basic functionality of a car horn, I alerted the backing-up driver to my presence before getting hit.
It was a heart-pounding couple of seconds, to say the least, but goes to show the importance of safety features in vehicles. The horn is probably among the oldest of safety devices, while the backup camera is one of the newest. I’m lucky the Legacy I was driving was equipped with both.
Call it coincidental, but on the same day of the two close calls, I read that the Legacy was one of the few sedans to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety‘s Top Safety Pick+ rating.