Look behind you!
If you just did, how did you do it? By turning your head? It’s hard to see directly behind you like that – maybe you can catch a glimpse in your peripheral vision, but you won’t get a clear picture. Or did you turn your whole body?
If you’re in a vehicle, then you obviously can’t turn around, and your peripheral vision just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to looking behind you. Now you do have mirrors, but the side mirrors won’t help with what’s directly behind you, and the rear vision mirror makes it tricky to judge distances. What’s worse, if you’re in a larger vehicle – a truck or a motor home, for example, or if you’re towing a caravan – then the rear vision mirror won’t work at all.
What you need is a rear vision camera. This gadget attaches to the back of your vehicle or your trailer, and is connected to a little screen that sits next to your dashboard, allowing you to get a good view of what’s going on at the back of your vehicle. It works in the dark – which makes it better than mirrors anyway – and often the screen will include a little scale that helps you gauge distances.
Truck rear vision systems work just as well as they do on cars, and you can even get caravan rear vision cameras to attach to your trailer and your vehicle. This is especially important, given the difficulty of having a proper awareness of where your trailer is relative to both your vehicle and other vehicles. Rear vision cameras make driving less stressful, not to mention safer, especially when you’re driving a larger vehicle. They’re already installed in many new cars, but adding one to your vehicle is a wise choice.