Child Safety Advice & News
It’s a tragic story that appears all too often in newspapers across Australia. Often it takes up no more than a few column centimetres. And while the names are different each time, the story still remains the same – a child has been killed or injured after being run over by a car reversing out of the family driveway.
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A reversing camera provides you with a visual image of the area directly behind your vehicle, helping to eliminate potential blind spots. An LCD monitor is mounted in the vehicle and is activated when your car is in reverse. The images come from a small camera, which is usually located near the rear number plate. The camera has a low lux setting, meaning it is still effective when lighting is limited, or at night time. Although some vehicles already feature reversing cameras, it is possible to have them retro-fitted to vehicles without them. RAA offers its members a purchase and installation service. To find out more about the service, which is offered to RAA Members at reduced rates, call RAA on 08 8202 4538.
Reversing sensors work in much the same way as a reversing camera. Reversing sensors are fitted to the rear of the car and alert the driver when there is an object in its path. These sensors monitor the distance between a vehicle and obstacles while reversing, alerting the driver with a series of beeps. The devices can detect an object within 1.6 metres and different warning tones tell the driver the estimated distance from the object – up to the point where a final continuous tone will sound when the object is 30cm away from the vehicle.
Ideally, reversing parking sensors and cameras should be used together to assist the driver when reversing. But even when used individually these features can increase safety around reversing a vehicle.
Although some vehicles feature reversing sensors already, it is possible to have them retro-fitted to vehicles without them.
RAA offers its members a purchase and installation service. To find out more about the service, which is offered to RAA Members at reduced rates, call RAA on 08 8202 4538.
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