There is an infinite number of reasons to add aftermarket additions to your vehicle, and just about as many possible additions. Add-ons or upgrades such as head units, speakers, window tinting, and backup cameras can be added to almost any vehicle and provide the driver with extras that weren’t available to originally.
Even though someone might have speakers installed with a top-of-the-line head unit, not all additions are for luxury purposes. One aftermarket product, in particular, can actually help you avoid accidents and protect yourself and your car.
Backup cameras are usually only found in newer cars, ones that have been produced within the past few years. They introduce a new element of safety and convenience to driving that was inherently unavailable in the preceding years. If you still have to grab the passenger seat with your right arm while looking over your shoulder every time you back out of the driveway, then you probably don’t have a backup assist system in place.
Which doesn’t mean you can’t get one. Backup systems are available for aftermarket installation and can be as effective as the ones in the stock models. Over 90% of owners purchase exterior car accessories for their vehicles, such as backup sensors and cameras. Actually, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that by May of 2018, all new cars must come equipped with backup systems.
So if you plan on buying a new vehicle after May, expect to get one with a back up system installed. However, if you’re one of thousands, if not millions, of people who have a car that was made before May of 2018 (which at the time of this article, should theoretically be everyone), then you may not have a back up system installed.
If you’re part of that blanket statistic, then it might benefit you to get a system installed. They add an additional layer of safety to your vehicle, allowing the driver to not only see the entirety of the space behind them — unimpaired by blind spots or human error — but also can alert the driver of any obstacles suddenly present in that space.
The act of driving is constantly evolving as technology advances and settings change. Kids nowadays are in safer vehicles, able to drive without the parental worries that once plagued the previous generations.
So if your vehicle isn’t equipped with backup cameras, visit an auto works shop to get your car fitted with the latest in safety and convenience technology.