raytaylor: I have a narrow driveway - the neighbours built tall fences on both sides
So i back into the driveway, so i am driving forward and can easily see in front of me when i am leaving onto the road.
Our driveway is not that narrow, but we also back into it specifically so that we can drive out forwards. There is much more visibility to the footpath reversing *into* the driveway than there is reversing *out* of it so it just makes sense. In my opinion everyone should be doing this where practical.
We have a primary school at the end of the road and therefore a lot of foot traffic. Because its a primary school that also means an especially high number of parents with little kids in tow. Little kids are dumb - they run off on their own no matter what their parents say, or how hard parents try to hold on to them. They are especially hard to spot, being so small, and that makes them all just accidents waiting to happen. It seems silly not to take every reasonable precaution to prevent those accidents.
Cars can be so quiet these days - electric or hybrids virtually silent - so it can also be a lot harder for pedestrians to know when a car is approaching. Pedestrians really need to concentrate and watch for drivers too. They shouldnt walk about oblivous - it is a 'shared' space after all...
On that note, pedestrians and joggers really need to shape up a bit too. Far too many are seen walking around, or jogging, with iPods and hearing nothing of their surroundings. I recall someone getting hit by a car and killed recently when stepping on to a road and into traffic in the city. It could have just as easily been someone walking into a car exiting a driveway. Sure, the driver should be careful - but the pedestrian, who potentially has the most to lose, should also be paying attention.