In May 2018, the United States will implement a new regulation introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requiring that all new models of vehicles include backup cameras. Even without this regulation, 75 percent of 2018 model vehicles were already projected to include backup cameras. This feature provides a new level of safety and assurance to drivers and pedestrians. Here are four of the benefits of backup cameras and how they keep you, your passengers, and anyone near your vehicle safe.

They Provide a Sightline for Kids and Pets

According to the NHTSA, the addition of backup cameras will help continue prevention of injury and death caused by reversing accidents, also known as backover accidents. A backover accident is caused by a driver reversing over another person or animal without noticing.

An estimated 200 people are killed each year and 14,000 are injured due to backover accidents, and the overwhelming majority of victims are children. Through the implementation of mandatory backup cameras and the wider views that these cameras provide, drivers will always be able to view what is directly behind their vehicle, therefore preventing many of these unnecessary and heartbreaking injuries and deaths.

A close-up view of a backup camera monitor in a vehicle showing a view of a driveway and grass behind the car.
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They Nearly Eliminate the Blind Zone

According to a research study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, backup cameras in vehicles reduce the blind zone by about an average of 90 percent. In fact, this percentage is significantly higher for cameras that do not come with additional backup audio sensors. Why? The benefit of backup cameras with no additional features is that they cause the driver to pay closer attention to the monitor screen and continue assessing the risk factors as they back up, whereas relying on audio sensors can sometimes give drivers a false sense of security.

Again, the resounding benefit of backup cameras is that they allow drivers to see clearly and with a taller and wider-angle view than the rearview mirror, and if drivers use caution and monitor their surroundings without going through the motions of relying on warnings, this feature could aid in completely preventing the so-called “blind zone.”

They Aid in Parallel Parking

No matter how safe and conscious of a driver you are, there will always be some tricky parking scenarios you’ll find yourself in. Specifically, when it comes to parallel parking, backup cameras help ensure that you are making all the right moves to get your vehicle in the desired space without any bump or bruise.

In addition to parallel spots, backup cameras are also known to come in handy when navigating crowded parking areas such as those at large shopping malls that at times only have small parking spots next to columns available. Whenever you are seeking to park in a tight area or one that is filled with many passing pedestrians, having a backup camera keeps you and everyone near you safer.

A long row of cars is parallel parked on the side of a one-way street next to a park during the day.
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They Reduce Traffic Stress

Have you ever had to reverse from a narrow driveway into oncoming traffic? Or have you ever been stuck at a red light and realized that you need to reverse to either change lanes or give room to passing pedestrians? Those moments happen to the best of us. When driving a vehicle that has a backup camera, reversing in high-stress situations around traffic becomes an easier, more peaceful process. Simply use the backup camera to safely gauge the cars around you and ensure that no bumpers are bumped or collisions occur, then safely navigate the vehicle however you need. Backup cameras have your back.

For additional ways to keep yourself and your passengers safe behind the wheel, check out these 10 tips on driving distraction-free.


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