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Vehicle Safety

Written by Magnadyne Technical Support on

When you are in the process of buying a new car, truck or RV, safety should be your top priority. The same is true when purchasing commercial vehicles such as vans and those for delivery. In addition to doing the research beforehand on various safety features included with the vehicle, you can go a step further and improve safety with equipment that you can install yourself. Camera safety products are designed to complement the safety features in vehicles by assisting with backing up and blind spots. This is especially useful for large vehicles that have severe blind spots also known as a visual void. With sight assistance from easy-to-use cameras and monitors, you will be able to reduce the risk of accidents for your vehicle, as well as pedestrians and other cars out on the road.

Blind Spot Dangers and Accidents

One of the largest potentials for accidents lies in the blind spots of a vehicle. When it comes to large vehicles, including campers, RVs, and delivery trucks, sizeable blind spots are present for all four sides. While these blind spots are considerable, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) notes that the visual void for large vehicles can be much greater on the right side. Even with multiple mirrors positioned to help drivers see what is alongside them or approaching from behind, there are still spots that are not easily seen or can be missed. As a result, there are far too many accidents between large vehicles, smaller cars and trucks, and pedestrians that can be avoided with greater assistance from technology.

A 2012 study conducted by the Netherlands Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) looked at the nature of collisions between cyclists and truckers, and surmised that driver awareness is an important part of the equation. With the addition of video cameras, drivers of larger vehicles are able to see more of their surroundings. By doing so they are able to mitigate risks, including damage to their vehicle and those of others, as well as injuries and fatalities.

The Benefits of Vehicle Safety Cameras

Camera safety products are an excellent way for RV owners and truck drivers to be able to see more of the road. Not only do they allow you to see when you are backing out of the driveway or a parking spot, cameras also help you navigate traffic on the road and obstacles when turning. It can be difficult to maneuver a large vehicle, and technology is making it easier than ever to ensure that you, other motorists, and pedestrians are safer each and every day.

By installing a safety camera on your van, truck, or SUV, you effectively get an extra set of eyes and ears around your vehicle. While some vehicles may come equipped with rear-view cameras for going in reverse, the best way to get more help with blind spots is by adding cameras on each side of the rig. A complete vehicle safety camera setup will include side cameras, a rear-view camera with audio and a monitor for inside the vehicle that allows you to switch to each camera as necessary. Cameras help you see wider and deeper angles in your blind spot and, and with audio capability on your rear camera it is easier for you to hear other cars approaching. For example, a rainstorm makes it tough to hear other motorists, but safety cameras give you visual confirmation before changing lanes or reversing.

Camera systems, such as the MV130C package from Magnadyne, come ready with all of the camera and monitoring equipment needed to quickly, cheaply, and effectively make your vehicle safer. The MV130C system is a complete solution, and Magnadyne has installed it on its delivery trucks as a way to reduce the risk of collisions with cars, inanimate objects, and people.

Necessary Components for Safety

Although there may be parts that you are unfamiliar with, the components you purchase for your vehicle should give you flexibility and a wealth of features. Camera safety products come in a variety of types to fit your individual needs, so be sure to consult an expert during the process. When you purchase a complete kit, you should expect to receive cameras for both sides of your car, a rear camera, and a monitor with audio to view and hear the feeds.

What components are necessary for improving the safety of your vehicle? It is important to ensure that the monitor you have for inside the vehicle is compatible with the cameras you install on the outside. In addition to features such as night vision, waterproof, and audio capabilities, invest in sun shields and turn signal triggering so that the sun doesn’t blind you. Automated triggering switches the view on your monitor to the corresponding camera when you use your turn signal or put the vehicle into reverse.

To set up your vehicle camera system, you will need the appropriate connecting cables and mounts for the inside and outside of your vehicle. Installation can easily be done, saving you even more time and money in the process.

DIY Installation

Your cameras and monitor will come with installation instructions to guide you through setup. With adjustable mounts and brackets, the equipment allows you to get the solution you need for any type of vehicle. You will be able to get the video coverage you need by fine-tuning your cameras before the next time you drive your vehicle. DIY installation is as simple as removing the housing from the camera unit and mounting it directly onto the side of the vehicle body.

Once you have your cameras positioned and the monitor in place, you can finish connecting all of the cables for audio and video to complete your system. After installation, test out your new setup in a controlled safe environment. You do not want the first time you use your cameras to be in traffic and for you to find that they aren’t pointing where they should.

For any assistance with choosing the perfect video solution for your vehicle, or questions about installation, contact a representative at Magnadyne by phone today at (800) 638-3600.