How to Use Your Backup Camera Safely

23854783953_7b5297145e_zAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 200 deaths and over 15,000 accidents each year caused by accidents from backing up. As a way to solve this problem, car manufacturers are now making the backup camera a standard feature on many newer vehicles. Here is how to use your backup camera safely.

The first thing to accept is that the rearview camera is not a perfect solution to every problem. First-time users may find that the image on the screen looks different from car to car. One of the best ways to become comfortable with the image on the screen is to simply practice parking with it outside of your home or other safe spaces.

While the camera does help significantly with parking, there is still often a blind spot beneath the rear bumper of the car. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to see small objects on the ground like glass, balls, or even bikes.

The best way to use the camera safely is to use it as a supplement to the things you would normally do when parking or backing up. Look around the area before you begin parking, and continue checking over your shoulders to ensure you aren’t missing anything on the camera.

While it can be a bit intimidating at first, the rearview camera makes your life significantly easier, and it is much safer.

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