Backup Cameras Demystified

Your car's safety features are an exciting topic to us here at Wagner Kia of Shrewsbury. The ever-changing field of auto safety features never fails to surprise us. We're also just as surprised by the safety features drivers either have or should definitely get but don't know about: like backup cameras.

The Basics of Backup Cameras

A backup camera is a rearview camera. If your current vehicle doesn't have one, your next vehicle will. As of May, 2018, federal law mandates backup cameras on vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds.

A backup camera provides a wide field of vision at the area behind your vehicle, especially below the level of the rear window or at trunk level. The camera transmits to a monitor that often has parallel lines and warning tones to help you back up safely, stay centered and keep from running things over.

Aftermarket Backup Cameras

If you don't currently have a backup camera, a wireless aftermarket version is one solution. Wireless backup cameras "pair" like Bluetooth devices and don't require any drilling for installation. Some come with monitors, whereas others can pair with your car's in-dash monitor via wireless connection.

Backup cameras do not replace your sideview or rearview. They merely provide another layer of safety as you back into and drive out of various spaces. To experience a backup camera in real time, swing by Wagner Kia of Shrewsbury and test drive an equipped vehicle.



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