A car with a bad turning circle can be incredibly frustrating. What should be a three-point turn can easily turn into a five-point turn, or even a seven-point turn in a cramped street with a lot of parked cars. And the worst part is that you can be super careful, check your mirrors a hundred times, do all the head checks you want and still bump into someone if your spatial awareness is off. Why? Because when it comes down to it, mirrors and head checks aren’t that useful for getting a sense of where you are in relation to your vehicle and the objects around you.
Humans are designed to be aware of what’s in front of them, and maybe a bit to the side. But your car has extensions that are totally misaligned compared to the space your body occupies, and where you’re looking from doesn’t match where your car is. So you need to see from the back of your car – and the best way to do that is with a reverse camera kit.
Also known as a rear vision camera, the kit includes a camera mounted on the back of your vehicle and a monitor that’s visible from the driver’s seat. The combination allows you to see through the reversing camera and form an accurate impression of the distance between your car and other vehicles or obstacles, which is helped by an inbuilt distance scale on the monitor. So you’ll avoid those nasty accidents when turning and reversing.