It is tough to avoid obstacles that you can’t see. This especially holds true if you are operating large commercial vehicles with gaping blind spots and limited/obstructed rear vision. Walk-around checks, strategic parking, cones, and other precautions can help in limiting backing accidents, but the safest bet is always going to be giving your drivers a full range of vision. The best way to do this is with a rearview camera.
Each year in the US, approximately 15,000 people are injured in backing incidents and 500 are killed. All of these instances are completely avoidable. The key is to eliminate any guesswork and take assumptions out of popping the vehicle in reverse. Proximity alarms, which give an audible indication of objects behind you, are helpful, but they fail to paint a complete picture. Objects (or people) in motion are still very difficult to detect before it is too late.
Federal regulations are expected to be in place by 2015 to require rearview cameras in every light-duty production vehicle, but you don’t have to wait until they are standard to give your drivers a clearer view of their surroundings. Retrofitting your existing fleet can be easier that you might think. Aftermarket camera systems can be purchased and installed for around $150.
Accidents (even minor ones) and downtime are a big hassle to your company. For the peace of mind of you and your drivers, invest a little extra money in rearview cameras and make your fleet safer.