Back Up Cameras Soon To Be Required

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Last year we moved into a new house that is surrounded by (and full of) kids. There are at least 15 kids that regular are street. Its awesome. Except our house has this funny drive way exit. It wouldn’t be so weird if I could keep a clean garage, but Lord knows that happens for about 2 weeks out of the year. So in order to get out of the driveway I have to do this back-up turn and without my back-up camera, I would be parking in the front.

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The few times that we’ve had our other car (which doesn’t have a back-up camera) in the back, I have Sean direct me to drive out. I think my neighbor wants to keep his fence. I don’t want to hit a kid. Lord knows the dents that my trash cans have. All that said, I love my back-up camera and am so glad that they will be in all new vehicles going forward – starting in 2018.

When we bought our last vehicle, I had a list of must-haves. One feature that wasn’t on the list that I now realize should have been was a back-up camera. Our  new SUV came equipped with a back-up camera in our rear view mirror. Anytime I hit reverse, a little screen displaying what is behind me appears. The SUV is also equipped with a sensor telling me when something is near.

Our other vehicle is an older SUV that my husband drives that doesn’t have a back-up camera. I rarely drive it now a days and honestly I have no idea how I drove it regularly before. Now that I am use to the back-up camera, I am constantly worrying of hitting something (ignore the dents in our trash cans, please) when I drive this vehicle.

We have all heard the horror stories of children getting backed over innocently in drive-ways, streets and alleys. It’s a fear that runs through my head regularly as we have at least 15 kids that play together regularly up and down our street. Back-up cameras save lives (as well as damage to vehicles.) By 2018 all new passenger cars, trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles, buses, and low-speed vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds are required to come equipped with back-up cameras. 

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