While parking accidents usually don’t end with injuries, they do account for a significant amount of driving accidents. Cars and especially trucks have blind spots where the driver can’t see while backing up, which makes it easy to hit a pole or drive over something while in reverse. These blind spots can be countered with various tools, such as blind spot mirrors as well as backup cameras and sensors that alert the driver about any objects that are close to the rear bumper. But which solution is the right one for you? Here is a brief comparison of backup cameras and backup cameras.
Backup sensors are devices, attached to the rear bumper, that alert the driver, usually with an alarm beep, if an object is close to the back of the car. The closer the object, the faster the beeps. Some sensors are integrated with car parking systems, and the most sophisticated of them can outright park in your stead!
- Allows looking behind you, not at your dashboard, when parking
- Functions well in any weather conditions
- Can be more difficult and costly to install
- For larger automobiles, they are of limited use in the actual maneuvering while backing up.
Backup cameras are most often installed around the license plate of a vehicle. Many other mounting options are available including custom tailgate handles for pickup trucks and cameras that blend perfectly into the emblem of the vehicle. These cameras feed displays that are in the view of the driver. Some solutions integrate with the in-dash radio while others display right in the rear view mirror. In some cases, an additional display is added. Similarly to sensors, cameras can also signal how close you are to the object, for example, with a screen overlay that turns green when you are further away, or red when you are near.
- Trucks and SUVs benefit tremendously in the actual parking process
- Can be cheaper than the backup sensor if the car already has a display
- Great for people with limited mobility, as the parking can be done without much bodily movement
- Limits the driver’s attention to the dashboard
- Requires a screen
- In bad weather, especially during snowfall or when driving on dirt roads, the camera can be of limited use
Which to choose?
Both systems are useful, and in many cases, you can actually install both. The choice should depend on your preferences and the type of car. Sensors have an advantage in that you don’t have to look at the screen all the time but can pay attention to what’s behind you and listen to the signal beep. That being said, for trucks, vans, and SUVs a camera can provide a better sense of security because you actually see any obstacles and have a better idea for making maneuvers while backing into a spot. At Certified Sounds, we are Hawaii’s authority on all types of backup safety equipment including the all-new Rydeen 360 Camera System. Give us a call, stop in, or Contact Us to learn more. We can help you choose the perfect backup safety solution for your ride.