To help make roads safer, as of May 2018, all new cars must have a back-up camera. If you drive a vehicle without one, there are several good reasons to install a back-up camera. This includes, making you aware of blind spots and while driving, making it easier to keep an eye on cargo you’re towing, Additionally, by providing you with increased visibility, when you’re in reverse, a wireless back-up camera can help avert injuries and potentially fatal accidents. So, when you’re backing out of your driveway, you’ll clearly be able to see your kid riding their electric skateboard.
It can also save you money and keep your insurance premiums down by helping you avoid minor accidents. A back-up camera for trucks and a back-up camera for cars can be very handy when hooking up a trailer for your boat. Additionally, using a back-up camera offers an ergonomic alternative to twisting and turning in your seat, and cranking your neck to see the rear end of your car. Finally, some back-up camera models provide video evidence, which can be helpful if you’re ever in an accident.
Choosing the Best Back-Up Camera for Car or Truck
There are several back-up camera designs, including back-up cameras that mount on a license plate, spare tire, windshield, tailgate or bumper. There are back-up cameras that are designed to fit specific vehicle models. There’s also a rear-view mirror back-up camera, which incorporates a monitor into a windshield-mounted rear-view mirror. If you don’t choose the rear-view mirror back-up camera, you’ll have to consider the positioning of the monitor, so it’s easily within the driver’s field of vision. When you’re determining the ideal location for yours, take into account that you may need to work around a car phone holder. Also, you don’t want the monitor position to interfere with using your USB car charger,
Before making a purchase, you want to determine which features are most important to you. Most back-up cameras provide a horizontal view, with some as wide as 190 degrees. Some back-up cameras have low-light capabilities, which enhances the picture’s visibility during dusk and early morning. Other back-up cameras have night vision, which offer a high-quality picture after dark and some can record while driving. Another feature to consider is getting a back-up camera with automatic incident detection, which locks the video when the sensor detects an incident, so that it won’t be overwritten. You can also get a wireless back-up camera with Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to view, save and send recordings to your smartphone.
If you’re looking to have your new back-up camera installed, our professionally trained Geek Squad Autotechs can assure your back-up camera installation is done right. To set up an appointment, contact your nearest Best Buy location.