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Rearview Safety Buyer's Guide

Why Do You Need to Add a Backup Camera System?

Safety is the primary focus of any backup camera system. From helping you back up in difficult situations to making it easier to manage a trailer, backup cameras give any driver the extra visibility they need to protect themselves, their vehicles, and the people around them.

Larger vehicles, even minivans and pickup trucks, require backup cameras to eliminate the blind spots. Consumer Reports recommends installing aftermarket backup camera systems on all vehicles to increase convenience and safety by eliminating blind zones.

Rear View Camera Applications for All Vehicles

Eliminating blind zones is important for every vehicle. A rear view camera can address specific vehicle risks and cover for common operator oversights.

Many new vehicles have proximity or backup sensors that use an audio signal that alerts you when you are too close to a nearby object. These sensors do work, but are no comparison to the amount of data you receive from a camera system. Situations that cannot be prevented by proximity sensors include small children moving behind your vehicle, small objects on the ground near you, or hazards that aren't walls, vehicles or similar objects.

Types of Rear View Camera Systems: Wired or Wireless

How Many Rear View Cameras Do You Need?

Typically, basic systems come with one camera that is mounted on the rear of your vehicle, but depending on the size of your vehicle and the amount of visibility you require, you may need more than one camera.

 

Backup Camera System Features

Today's backup camera systems incorporate the latest technology to offer drivers a wide array of convenient features. From basic, intuitive setups that are easy to install and use to advanced models sporting cutting-edge innovations, our selection of camera systems can meet any of the road's demands.

Monitor Features Monitors are the part of the camera system inside your vehicle. They display the images from the system's cameras. When choosing a monitor size, consider where you will place it, how many cameras feed into it, and the resolution you require. Below are a few common features that you will find on monitors.

Backup Camera Features

The backup camera is the primary device in any camera system. Responsible for actually recording the footage and relaying information to the driver, a backup camera provides a driver with an unparalleled degree of security. Multiple grades of viewing angles, shock and vibration ratings, and other features let drivers decide what's right for their vehicles.

Viewing Angle

Shock and Vibration Ratings

Microphones and Audio

Weatherproofing - cables and cameras

Do you provide an instruction manual?
Yes.Click here to view all of our manuals.

Does the backup camera safety system work at night?
Yes. All our back up camera systems work great at night. Built into the camera are 18 infrared lights so you can see your blind zone in total darkness.

Will I be able to install it myself?
Many people have the handiness to install our systems without having to hire assistance. Otherwise we recommend professional installation because they can guarantee that the system is installed correctly. Search Google or the Yellow Pages for "Auto Accessories" or "Truck Accessories." They typically charge $150-200 for installation.

How hard is it to install?
The installation process is standard and straightforward. Your ability to install it on your own depends on your handiness. Otherwise, look for a professional.

What is the power source and how does it work?
Both the camera and monitor run off of one 12V/24V power-source. We use a central multiplexer, which allows all the cables to run off of one power source.

Where does one install the camera?
Typically the camera is placed at the top-center of the rear of the vehicle and angled properly as to eliminate your blind zone.

Do the systems function properly in rain or bad weather?
The camera is fully waterproof with a IP68 rating and will have no difficulty operating in temperatures ranging from -10ºC to 50ºC. Occasionally you will need to wipe clean the glass over the camera lens as watermarks and dust do collect.

Is the system always on?
It's your choice. The system can be installed to operate whenever the ignition system is turned on or only when the vehicle is in reverse gear. (For safety purposes, we recommend activation when backing up, so that the driver is not distracted).

What is the purpose of a rear view camera system?
They allow the driver to see behind the vehicle in the area, which mirrors alone cannot reach, also called the Blind Zone.

Will this work on any vehicle?
Yes. We have a system that will fit virtually any truck, commercial vehicle, emergency vehicles, trailers, RVs, motor homes, etc.

How soon can I get one?
Our warehouse in New York carries ample stock and can ship within 24 hours anywhere in the world.

Dash Cam Guide

In addition to rear view cameras, Rear View Safety also educates drivers about dash cams. These cameras capture events from the driver's perspective, at the front of the car. Dash cams are useful in many situations and provide a helpful additional point of view.

What is a dash cam?

A dash cam is an onboard camera fitted inside the car, instead of outside. Dash cams are mounted at the windshield to provide footage from a unique viewpoint when necessary. In the event of an incident, drivers can consult the footage from a dash cam to get an in-vehicle perspective. This information can be critical in handling legal proceedings and insurance concerns. Having a dash cam installed is simple, and many features allow the system to work automatically.

Footage from a dash cam can be useful in the event of an accident, showing the driver's perspective of a complicated traffic situation. In cases where legal or insurance liability is in contention, dash cam footage can be helpful evidence.

How does a dash cam work?

Most dash cams can be hard-wired into a vehicle's existing electrical system and easily mounted at the front of the car. Operation of a dash cam is, in many cases, automated: most models start and stop recording when the driver turns the vehicle on or off. In addition, many dash cams automatically loop and record over the oldest footage after hitting the memory limit. This means that a dash cam, once installed, can be left alone until access to recent footage is necessary.

Backup Camera System or Backup Sensor?

Backup camera systems and backup sensors are both helpful devices for any driver, but each is appropriate for specific situations.

A backup camera system provides more information with greater accuracy. Backup cameras cover for a driver's blind spots, prevent serious accidents, and support safe driving while in transit.

A backup sensor has a more narrow and specialized application. Backup sensors help a driver park and avoid stationary objects while in motion, but they won't provide overall protection. To make every maneuver safer on the road, a backup camera system is often a more comprehensive choice.

Driving Safety Stats

High-tech features are important, but the most relevant information about rear view cameras and safety is statistics from the road. We can change these distressing patterns by informing ourselves about safety technology and investing in the equipment we need to promote safety for all drivers and pedestrians.

In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week. Forty-eight (48) are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two (2) children are fatally injured every WEEK.

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