This post is brought to you on behalf of PEAK Back-Up Cameras. All opinions and content are my own.
We do so many things to keep our children safe when they’re in our car. We make sure they’re in the correct car seat and buckled up at all times. And we make sure our children, and the children in our neighborhoods are safe outside of our vehicles, too. We make sure we drive slowly down our streets. We observe school zones. We stay off of our cell phones. And we check twice when backing out of our driveways or in the parking lot at school.
Sadly, checking and double-checking before backing up isn’t foolproof. It can be impossible to see a smaller child or toddler walking behind your car no matter how many times you look. Blind spots are a very real issue. (as a personal note: I fully believe in using your mirrors and eyes first and the camera as an additional step in the safe process of backing-up. Never rely solely on a camera system when backing up your vehicle.)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, an average of 292 deaths and 18,000 injuries occur each year as a result of back-over crashes and 44% of those deaths involve children under the age of five. Several consumer groups have pushed for the Department of Transportation to require all new vehicles (in particular vehicle classes) to be equipped with rear back-up cameras. After some delays, the new regulations are expected to take effect sometime in 2015.
But where does that leave families who can’t afford to upgrade to a new car? We won’t be trading in my car for quite a few years, but I still want the extra piece of mind that comes with having a back-up camera.
Luckily, PEAK offers a wireless back-up camera you can easily install into your existing vehicle. Simply mount the camera to your rear license plate holder and you’re set! It takes less than 15 minutes to install on most vehicles and it’s available nationwide at Walmart and leading auto retailers. Watch the video below to see how easy it is!