Reversing cameras, also known as ‘backup cameras’ or ‘rear-view cameras’, have become extremely popular in the last few years and are now standard in many new vehicles.
Let’s face it: when reversing a car, you’re never going to get the full picture. Your vision is limited by the bulk of the vehicle behind you, and in tight spaces, or places where there are plenty of obstacles, your options are limited to moving incredibly slowly or making your passenger get out and tell you when you’re about to hit something.
What’s more, it can be incredibly difficult to judge exactly where your car ends and an obstacle begins, especially if you’re equipped with a towbar or you’re driving an unfamiliar vehicle.
A reversing camera is therefore an excellent tool for taking the stress out of backing up and making parking a breeze, forwards or backwards. Some of the more specific advantages of a reverse camera installation include:
1. Greater visibility
Starting with the most obvious advantage: reversing cameras give you a much greater idea of what’s behind your car. Certain brands will give you a greater field of view or better video quality than others, but in general, reversing cameras are a great innovation that take all of the guesswork out of backing up, making reversing a vehicle a breeze rather than a chore.
Now that car reverse cameras are so readily available and easy for auto electrical mechanics to install, we can see them becoming the norm in no time at all.
2. Reduce accidents
Studies have shown time and time again that reversing causes a large percentage of vehicle accidents, despite the fact that you’re often reversing at very low speeds. An estimated 1 in every 4 accidents happen while backing up, and there’s a very real danger when there are children or pets around who may not fully understand road safety.
Even if it’s a minor collision with a wall or another car, it can still be a huge headache when you factor in the cost of paint jobs and the hassle of swapping insurance details.
Enter the rear view camera, custom-designed to stop accidents before they happen. With a much greater range of vision, you’re able to see obstacles long before your car makes contact, saving you a lot of time, money and stress.
3. Park with confidence
Driving is a stressful task for many, with even seasoned drivers feeling the pressure when operating a large, unwieldy vehicle. Reverse parking is one of the most stressful tasks of all, since the steering directions are also reversed and you’ll often be backing up in a tight environment such as a car park.
Car reverse cameras, while handy tools to prevent accidents and save money, can simply be beneficial in taking away the pressure of reverse parking. Anyone might find it a little nerve-wracking at times to be operating a heavy machine without an idea of how close they are to a wall, or another car, making a rear view camera system the perfect thing to restore confidence.
Auto electrical systems and wiring are some of the most complex parts of a car, especially with the new wave of vehicles that have integrated entertainment systems and cameras.
When it comes to reverse camera installation, the team at Great Lakes Auto Centre knows their stuff. The installation has to be done right to ensure that the camera is connected properly and positioned in the optimum angle.
Even if you’re a confident driver, we can always recommend having a reverse camera installed for safety, peace of mind, and to minimise accidents. If you have any questions about the installation, need a quote or want to know more about reversing cameras, you can call the friendly team at Great Lakes Auto on (02) 6555 6844.
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