Backup Camera Safety
As technology continues to progress at a rapid pace, cars now include more and more safety features. One such feature is a backup camera. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries are caused by backover crashes annually.
A backover crash is when a driver reverses and hits someone. Unfortunately, the NHTSA has found that children under the age of 5 account for nearly one-third of backover fatalities. According to Cars.com, 94% of all 2016 models for sale in the U.S. offered backup cameras as an optional feature, while 85% offered parking sensors that audibly alert drivers when they approach an object. As of May 1, 2018, federal law mandates that all new vehicles must come equipped with backup cameras.
Introduced in 2003, backup cameras have come a long way. These cameras provide an excellent view of objects immediately behind the vehicle as well as to its sides. However, most cameras only provide an 80-degree view around the car, leaving 280 degrees that is not visible. This means that if a driver is solely focused on the rearview camera, there is much that they are not seeing. When drivers become overly dependent upon their backup cameras they put themselves and others at risk.
Regardless of whether or not your car has a rear camera, it is very important to practice safely backing into parking places when practical. It is recommended that you back into spaces when parking so that you do not have to worry about doing so when you leave.
Here are some other steps helpful for preventing backup accidents:
- Walk around the vehicle to be sure you’re not missing anything around you
- Get out and look when possible
- Back up slowly
- Check your mirrors
- Check your blind spots
- Look over your shoulder
While backup cameras can be very convenient by allowing you to see what is behind you, they should not be used as the only means for preventing backover crashes.
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