Do Backup Cameras Actually Work? What To Know
Car and RV backup cameras have become commonplace in modern vehicles. These pieces of technology are just some of the many safety features that have come out in recent years, but they are also some of the most popular. While you will generally see these cameras in newer vehicles, few people realize that you can also install them in your older vehicle. If you are considering buying a car with a wireless rear view camera or purchasing a camera for an older model, this is what you should know.
Why do rear backup cameras exist?
This technology was invented to address the rear blind spot. As car designs change and become less boxy, it becomes more difficult for the driver to see behind the car. And this lack of visibility can be dangerous to any people, animals, or objects behind the car. However, when the driver is able to use a wireless backup camera, they can see these obstacles and hit the brakes in time. The same principle goes for RV backup cameras since RVs are especially hard to see behind.
While it’s impossible to eliminate all potential blind spots, these cameras are making everyone on the roads safer.
Are they actually effective at preventing accidents?
In a recent survey, 80% of drivers agreed that backup cameras improve their overall safety. Other studies reflect this notion. In fact, one recent study found that 57% of drivers who used backup cameras were able to avoid stationary objects that were placed behind their cars when they were not looking. In real life applications, this means that most drivers can spot an object that suddenly jolts out behind their cars.
What if I want to install a backup camera?
If you have an older vehicle, you probably don’t have a backup camera. Fortunately, you can buy a wireless reversing camera and install it at home. We have online instructions that detail this process, but PEAK cameras will come with directions as well.
By installing a backup camera in your vehicle, you are taking your car’s safety measures to the next level. Just remember to maintain your camera system and have it inspected by a professional. This way, you can rely on it to spot any obstacles and make your driving that much safer.