Anyone who’s had some experience in driving can tell you that no matter long you’ve been driving already, there are just some instances when parking can still get a little hairy. This is especially true when there is so little space to maneuver your car and the parking space itself is very narrow. Nothing comes closer to a scenario like this than parallel parking does – but for the average driver, there are a whole host of possibilities that can lead to a parking disaster, and most of these are more likely to occur when backing up.
Because backing up means that you will have to rely mostly on your mirrors or on a view out the back window that is obstructed by the back seats, there is a lot more that can go wrong there. It is true that anyone backing up usually does it as slowly and carefully as possible, but despite this, it is still one of the most common ways that fender-benders occur – and although fender-benders are extremely rarely life-threatening, any dents or scratches on your vehicle can be very expensive to repair. However, there are many ways to keep accidents while backing up at bay, and one of the safest and surest ways to keep them from happening is to install either parking sensors, a rear view camera system, or better yet, a combination of both.
Parking sensors are a set of devices that are able to provide you with an accurate measurement of the distances of objects around your car. A parking sensor system typically comes with either four or six sensors that use ultrasonic waves to detect objects within its area of effect and calculate the distances between them and the sensors. This gives you a better idea of how much more you can safely backup before you might hit something. Four-sensor variants provide adequate coverage if all you really have a hard time doing is backing up, but if you also have problems judging distances up front, the 2 additional sensors that are installed at the front in six-sensor variants also provide you with the distance information you will need there.
Another good parking aid is the rear view camera system, which literally gives you eyes right up on the very back of your vehicle. With a properly installed rear view camera system, you no longer have to rely solely on the limited information that the mirrors or the view out the back window provides about the objects behind you. The camera mounted on the rear of your vehicle allows you to see just about everything that is directly behind you and helps to make judging distances all that much easier.
So if you are a sensible driver and would like to make sure that both you and your car remain safe even when backing up, then take a moment to consider whether getting a parking aid like one of these will be good for you or not. At the same time, why not take a quick look at some good parking sensors and rear view camera systems at an online electronics wholesaler and you will discover that a choice of either system really isn’t as expensive as you might imagine!