You might be driving around, talking on your phone, or texting, and not notice the person walking out of the grocery store. If you had a rearview camera installed in your car, this would have been avoided. These cameras are designed to show what is happening behind you when you are backing up. Today’s models offer more than just protection; they can also help with parking space control and provide extra security for drivers who need it most.
What are the advantages of a rearview camera?
- Maneuvering is simplified by the better overview, the blind spot becomes smaller
- You always have an eye on the trailer coupling
- Small objects that might otherwise be overlooked are easier to see
- Obstacles can be better assessed
- Accidents when reversing and parking can be avoided
How to retrofit a rearview camera to your car?
When you need a rearview camera, the first step is to determine if it’s even legal in your state. The legality of aftermarket car parts varies widely from state to state and can change over time as laws are updated. Make sure that before going through with anything else, you check on this key point so you don’t get hit with any fines or tickets later down the line. You should also take into consideration what kind of vehicle you have – for example, many cars nowadays come equipped with their own cameras if they didn’t originally have them when purchased new! In cases like these where the manufacturer already has a solution available, there might not be much reason to go out and buy an expensive upgrade kit.
What does retrofitting a rearview camera cost?
If you retrofit the rearview camera yourself, you only have to pay for the material costs. As a rule, you can find good models for less than 100 dollars. However, original rearview cameras from the manufacturer cost considerably more and are usually not as easy to install as the devices from the accessories. The best thing to do is to consult a professional garage. Depending on the model and the amount of work involved, however, you will have to budget up to 1000 dollars.
What to look for when buying?
To really drive safer with the rearview camera, you should consider a few things when buying:
- Image quality: The image of the monitor or on the cell phone should be sharp so that everything can be seen. Ideally, the images should also be in color.
- Wide-angle: The view camera should cover as wide an area as possible to reduce the blind spot (at least 120 degrees, preferably more). In the case of large vehicles, a solution with several cameras may also be worthwhile. However, the distortion should be as low as possible, otherwise, distances can become more difficult to estimate.
- Night vision: Especially those who drive a lot in the dark should make sure that the camera also takes good pictures in the dark.
- System: As explained above, you should consider in advance whether the radio system or a fixed system makes more sense for you.