Backup Cameras Required by 2014! What do you think Cincinnati?

December 10th, 2010 by

Driving safety is always a great concern to me, and reversing or backing out of any space safely and properly definitely falls into this category. It happens all too often that the space that you are reversing out of gets filled up, all in the blink of an eye, whether it be an object, another vehicle or more tragically a pet or small child.  Here are some tips to refresh yourself with for reversing:

1.  Turn your body around to the left to view the center of the rear window. You will need to lift yourself up a little to do this.

2.  Place your right hand at the top (12 o’clock) position of the steering wheel. If your steering wheel is in a straight position to start, you will know throughout the reversing maneuver, without having to look, that at the highest point, the steering wheel is again straight.

3.  Turn the steering wheel, as you reverse slowly, in the direction, where you would like the back to go – towards 11 o’clock, if you want the back to move towards the left, or toward the 1 o’clock position, if reversing towards the right.

4.  Carefully watch the entire rear window, looking deep into the picture behind, and adjust the steering wheel accordingly. A slight turn from the 12 o’clock position will dramatically change direction. [Source: Associated Content]

So it comes as no big surprise really that the Feds would like to have backup cameras come standard in every new vehicle starting in 2014.

The Transportation Department proposed rear visibility rules that would, in effect, require backup cameras in all cars and light trucks by the 2014 models. The DOT estimated the systems — a rear video camera and interior display — would add about $200 to the cost of a vehicle.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the changes would “help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up.”

The proposed rule would require an area 20 feet to the rear and 10 feet wide to be visible to the driver. It was required by Congress in a 2007 law named for a toddler killed when his father accidentally backed over him in the family’s driveway.

Backup accidents kill nearly 300 and injure 18,000 a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It estimates the new rule would save 95 to 112 deaths and 7,000 injuries a year. [Source USA Today]

Do you think that a backup camera should come standard in a vehicle or should it be left to you to decide if you want one?

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