For driving safely on the road, it’s very essential for the driver to have full knowledge about the variables existing around the driving environment. A better awareness about such variables will certainly translate into a safer driving experience. However, most vehicle owners hardly care about what’s happening in the environment behind their vehicle, unaware of the genuine risks. In fact, most drivers and government officials perceive that having rear mirrors on the side of the vehicle is sufficient from the angle of road safety. But, the visual limitations of mirrors and the inconvenience in using them mean that drivers can’t rely upon them fully for understanding what’s behind them. In this regard, the rear view camera can indeed be a really useful tool for drivers.
The Rear View Camera
In simple words, a camera mounted on the backside of the vehicle that captures the live footage behind it is a rear view camera. While the internal back view mirrors are mostly used for perceiving what’s happening behind the car, the rear view camera, with its wide field of view offers a more precise and accurate view of what’s happening behind the vehicle without the driver needing to watch several mirrors at once. This, in effect, also ensures that the driver can easily perceive all the happenings behind the vehicle from just a single screen. From overtaking vehicles to lane awareness, a lot can be perceived much better by the driver because of the footage that he/she can watch live because of this camera.
Features that make driving safer
A camera can offer several convenient features that simply can’t be imagined with just the mirror. From a wider field of view, with most models easily offering 120 degrees of view, to night vision capabilities, the modern rear view camera provides several features that can offer much more convenience to drivers, compared to mirrors. The need to watch multiple mirrors by bending the head and the possibility of a lapse of attention at the front can also be avoided with the use of the rear view camera. In fact, some models can be easily used with recording devices, enabling the drivers to save recorded footages for anything they want, ranging from making home footage to proof for claiming insurance.
Why should all cars be using them?
More often this camera is provided as an extra option by vehicle manufacturers. However, judging by the multitude of features that’s provided by the rear view camera, it will be fair to say that it’s a feature that deserves to be compulsory in all modern vehicles. In fact, most modern and high end models of car manufacturers already pre-install them with their new cars. From properly perceiving the environment around the road to being aware about activities at the back of the vehicle, a rear view camera can indeed serve as an important safety addition to the driver.