Cameras to help drivers see all
PARENTS of slippery eel toddlers might wish for eyes in the back of their heads but at least now they can have an electronic device fitted in their cars that helps them see behind their reversing vehicle.
High speed car crashes are the all too familiar way people lose their lives but slow-speed driveway accidents claim many lives as well.
Recent tests by NRMA Insurance highlighted the poor rear visibility in most passenger cars and their latest Reversing Visibility Index for new cars revealed only a small number of vehicles had the full five-star rating with reversing cameras as a standard or optional extra. While many families are not ready to upgrade their car, or are happy with their present vehicle, they can have a reversing camera installed retrospectively.
At Gympie’s Autobarn, Justin Ashford can retrofit a reversing camera to suit any model or make of vehicle.
“Any car can be done,” Justin said. “It’s just a timeframe thing.”
Justin said they fit on average one camera a week and have installed them in everything from a Hyundai Getz up to the biggest four-wheel-drives and lots of caravans.
Customers can choose from a range of options, with prices starting from about $450 fitted to $650 fitted.
“They clip over the top of your existing rear vision mirror and when you reverse they automatically come on,” he said.
The installation takes approximately two to three hours and Justin said while there are sensor units on the market, they can be temperamental – detecting things like concrete rises or similar objects.
“The cameras are good, they’re wide angle and pick up everything,” he said.
NRMA found more than two-thirds of Queensland drivers admitted to having a near miss while reversing.
“A reversing camera will help reduce the risk of reversing collisions and the tragedy of driveway runovers, but it’s no substitute for vigilance when it comes to child supervision,” NRMA Insurance spokesperson Robert McDonald said.
“Even with a reversing camera, drivers should pause, check their rearview mirror and look over their shoulder as a final step before reversing.”