Now that daylight savings time has ended, you’re likely to be doing a lot more driving in the dark, and I can tell you from experience that this can be pretty tricky without a camera. The other day I saw someone cycling at night without any lights or reflective clothing, and it genuinely made me worried for their safety. On top of that, not all car parks are well-lit, and it can be tough reversing out of a tight spot when you’re surrounded by black cars. It’s hard to tell where a vehicle ends and where the darkness begins. And with the skewed, awkward angles provided by rear view mirrors, it can be easy to miss another vehicle or a pedestrian.
Stay safe at night with a rear vision kit.
Fortunately, if you have a reversing camera, you don’t need to worry about this problem. That’s because reversing cameras – good ones, anyway – are equipped with night vision capabilities and are able to function just as well in the darkness as they are in the daylight. That’s a major advantage of a camera, and it helps keep you and those around you safe now that more of your driving is night driving.
Another plus when it comes to the day-night cycle and rear-view camera kits is that cameras really help you manage glare. If you’re relying on mirrors to see behind your vehicle, then you’ll often cop an eyeful of blindingly bright light – either light from the sunset (or sunrise if you’re out that early), or light from someone else’s headlights. It’s frankly amazing how often people have their high-beams on, even around the city where it’s truly unnecessary. And where high-beams are necessary, for example on windy country roads, it’s easy for someone to come around a corner with their high-beams on and blind you. Since a reversing camera puts the image on a screen, rather than reflecting it right into your eyes, it can filter out and handle glare, instead of temporarily blinding you (which really isn’t something you want to happen when you’re on the road.
Just like the Green Lantern oath says: “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight”, a camera will keep you safe from the confusion of darkness and the radiance of glaring light.