One out of every four car accidents are from drivers backing up in their vehicle. It is one of the easiest ways to miss something, or someone that is in your blind spot. Luckily, thanks to new technology, all cars that were built from 2018 and later are now becoming equipped with a back-up camera installed. This became the standard due to how many accidents were reported due to drivers poorly backing up. The back-up camera first was installed in a car in 2012. They provide many safety features to help drivers prevent backing-up accidents.
A high number of backing-up accidents that were reported were of drivers that are 70 years and older. Back-up cameras give the benefit of being able to see behind the vehicle. Everyone knows it can be tricky to back-up sometimes. There are multiple blind spots in cars, and not being able to see because of one of them makes it very easy to miss something behind you. Back-up cameras provide a visual, and also have sensors that make sounds when the car gets too close to something, such as another car, or even a person.
Precautions Are Still Necessary
However, although back-up cameras give the driver more visual than they would have had before it, it is extremely important that drivers do not become too dependent on the camera. The typical degree of view of a back-up camera is about 120 degrees or higher. While that is a minimum 40 degrees higher than it would be without the camera, it still leaves a large amount of space that cannot be seen. Due to this fact, drivers should be sure to take other precautions when backing-up in their cars. They should always check their mirrors, check around their car, turn around to look, and back up slowly. These are all important tips to help drivers reduce the chance of an accident.
Pros & Cons to Back-up Cameras
Since back-up cameras have been installed in cars, the percentage of accidents caused by backing up has decreased by 78%. Back-up cameras bring more benefits to the table than disadvantages, but it helps for drivers to understand what to expect out of them so they do not get too reliant. One of the biggest flaws in back-up cameras is poor image quality. Due to the position of the camera, it can be very easy for them to get dirty. There can also be issues with the technology of the cameras and how it pairs with the car. Connection issues can cause the image quality to be poor as well. If this happens to you, a technician at your car dealership should be able to fix the problem.
Do Not Become Too Dependent
Overall, back-up cameras add to your safety while driving, as well as others. The most important point is to be sure that you, as the driver, does not become too dependent on this feature. They are not a guarantee of your safety, and can still miss things. You should always be sure to be cautious and check your surroundings before you drive.