As incidents of road accidents continue to climb, yearly, auto-makers have been scrambling to meet safety standards, that seem to get harder, and more expensive, to meet each year. Despite these efforts, on the part of the government, and car makers, accidents continue to go up.
This simply proves that we aren't doing enough for our automobile safety. With car insurance premiums rising each year, not to mention the death toll, it's clear we aren't doing enough. One safety enhancing addition, not usually bundled with cars is an aid to reversing safely, something that has been tricky for drivers, since cars were invented.
Backup cameras on vehicles aren't, exactly, new but they used to be pretty hard to get(and even harder to have installed). These days, however, these safety devices are as cheap as ever and an important boost to your safety, and peace of mind, while driving.
Even now, you might be thinking, isn't my rear-view mirror enough? Is it really? There are so many ways for accidents to happen, when relying on them for safety.
1) They can move, meaning that even a strong wind can push it out of its proper position. Once this happens, either the seconds required to fix the mirror, or the consequences of not doing so, can be fatal or highly costly. If you think the cost is trivial because you have insurance, think again. Accidents push your premiums up.
2) Not all drivers can adjust, from the view of the road, to the view of the mirror, quickly enough, on the fly. It's trickier than it seems to glance in a mirror AND react to what you see before its too late. Let any driver who has ever backed into a light post tell you, it jumped out at them. Most people agree that using a proper screen to see behind you simplifies reversing greatly.
3) Rear view mirrors have an annoying habit of breaking off. It happens in so many irksome ways, passing another car and clipping off each others mirrors, vandals, accidental damage from someone walking by, distractedly etc. When that happens, what do you do? Resign yourself to reversing blindly and hoping for the best. Usually, you wouldn't have much of a choice until you replaced the mirrors(which can take a longer time that you might think...trust me That's where a well placed backup camera would come in very handy.
Now that I've made my point about the inadequacy of mirrors alone, I'll go into some of the pros of using backup cameras. As I mentioned before, the screen is easier to use than a mirror. Also, you can adjust the camera so that you have the perfect view of behind you, that you need to avoid mistakes.
Finally, you can see more of behind the vehicle, enabling you to judge better and prevent serious damage to your car (and an unfortunate fire hydrant).