We have spoke a lot about the benefits of fitting reversing camera to caravans and motorhomes; not only do they allow drivers better visibility and control, they can help to reduce accidental damage and manoeuvring claims. But reversing cameras are not compulsory, it’s up to the driver to decide whether they want to use one or not.
So last month we asked, ‘Are reversing cameras for caravans or motorhomes an essential investment?’
They’ve clearly got the backing of Geoff Blyth who told us, “We have a two lens system fitted. Not only is it perfect for reversing (stop within one inch of anything ) but the rear view lens is perfect for European motorways and makes overtaking lorries much safer than trying to judge speeds in the mirror…should be standard fitting!”
Richard Taylor shares Geoff’s view, “As for parking, sensors on my car have proved very helpful so must be useful on a van. Never a bad idea to know what or who is right behind you when driving, parking or setting off; few of us are going to dismount on every occasion to look! Cameras for both safety and peace of mind make good sense.”
A 78% majority voted in favour of revering cameras or aids, agreeing that they do help to reduce risk and improve driver judgement.
Keith Sansome, who has held HGV, crane and fork lift licences, agrees that reversing cameras do help. He told us, “I’m a big believer that an “AID” is just an aid but is most welcome in assisting you to carry out your driving safely. I have used reversing aid and they have proved good as you will always have a blind side.”
Only 22% of you disagreed with the majority, believing that careful driving is enough.
Stephen Williams argues that although cameras can be “very helpful”, they are not always necessary; “I do not agree that it is essential. I have opted for the motor mover as a solution to placing the caravan on site and in storage. With the remote control you can position yourself at any point around the caravan. If you are using the camera as an overtaking aid, then that is a different situation. Some camera systems will only be active while in reverse. The question would be is it legal to have a camera and screen active while driving.”
From the outcome of the poll it’s evident that reversing cameras are welcomed by caravans and motorhomes owners in the UK.
We think David Marsh sums this up perfectly saying, “I’ve been using the aid of a rear view camera for more years than I care to remember. Surely, any aid no matter what, is far better than none?”