Our driveway goes down from the street to our house. When I back out of the garage and up the driveway, then, I can’t see anything that’s behind me except the tops of the houses across the street.
That means I can’t see children in the street.
I put a tricycle with a long push-handle behind my mini-van and took these photos:
You can’t see it at all. Not even the long handle that sticks up.
It’s so dangerous!
On days when I know there are children out playing, I’ll back my car out of the garage, park in the driveaway, and then get out of my car. I’ll make sure there’s no one behind me and will try to alert any parents around to keep an eye out for just a second. Then I get back in my car and back out of the driveway.
It’s a pain in the rear.
But we live in a neighborhood FULL of little kids – some who are well supervised and some (a whole ‘nother post) who aren’t. So taking extra time to back out has always been necessary, no matter how rushed or late I might be.
So when I got the chance to try the PEAK Back Up Camera, I was SOOOOO excited.
The PEAK Back Up Camera comes with a color LCD monitor that affixes to your windshield or dash with suction cups. It provides easy-to-see rear coverage from the water-resistant camera on your rear license plate holder.
Now, I’m not going to lie – when I realized that we had to hook it to the brake light wires, I thought we were in trouble.
I’m a handy gal and have my fair share of awesome power tools, but I don’t play with electricity. And my husband is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, but isn’t Handy Andy, if you know what I’m sayin’.
But it turned out to actually be pretty easy! My husband just took the cover off the light and hooked the wires together easily.
The hardest part turned out to be figuring out how to get the cord from the outside camera on the license plate holder to the inside of the car, where the rest of the wireless system is. We ended up drilling a hole under the license plate, so the cord just runs down behind the license plate, through the hole and into a little pocket inside the car.
From there, the wireless system sends the camera image to the monitor on my dash. I didn’t like the cord going up over the dash and didn’t feel like figuring out some way to run it under the dashboard cover, so I just stuck it onto my dash. Awesome!
I love it!
I can easily see everything behind my minivan now, whether I’m backing up the driveway into the street, backing out of a parking space, or parallel parking.
And look! I can see the tricycle now:
I feel so much more comfortable backing out of my driveway now and don’t have to waste time checking to see if it’s safe. I wish I’d known about the PEAK Back-Up Cameras a long time ago!
The PEAK Back-up Camera can be installed on cars, SUV’s, Trucks, RV or Campers and is available at Walmart, at auto retailers nationwide and on Amazon.
For more information on the PEAK Back-up Camera, you can visit: www.peakauto.com