‘Verse’ has many meanings. It can mean a stanza of song or poetry, or the concept of poetry in general. In some circles, it is short for ‘universe’, and is thus used to mean ‘world’, often the world of a particular work of fiction (e.g. the ‘Whoniverse’ for Doctor Who). It can mean ‘study’ or ‘go over’, as in the phrase ‘well-versed’ or ‘traverse’. It can even mean ‘oppose’ or ‘compete’, as a derivation of ‘versus’.
What then, is ‘reverse’? Is it a repeated line or phrase in poetry – wouldn’t that be a chorus? Is it a return to a familiar world? Is it a rematch against an old rival?
No – in general, reverse comes from the meaning of verse as ‘go over’: to go back over something (in reference to study, this is known as ‘revision’ rather than ‘reversing’). But a key part of reversing when driving is that you’re often not trying to go back over a path you’ve already covered, but rather to manoeuvre your vehicle into a new space (such as a parking spot). Compared to the heritage of the word, it’s a new meaning of ‘reverse’ – and it’s best aided by using new technology.
A reverse camera kit gives you an unparalleled view of the space behind your vehicle, so that you know exactly where you’re headed without having to fuss about with mirrors. Also known as a rear vision camera, the system is vital for those tricky acts of reversing precisely because you’re not going back over familiar ground. You might be reversing into relatively unfamiliar territory, so it’s important that your vision isn’t obscured when you’re driving backwards. Safety Dave has the best reversing cameras to suit your needs as you move backwards, whether or not you’re well-versed in reversing.