If you’ve ever accidentally backed into a pole or another vehicle, you know the frustration of filing a claim to get the damage repaired. The largest cost usually comes from paying the repair deductible; however, many drivers also experience higher insurance premiums following a rear-end collision claim.
To avoid future accidents—and the higher bills that come with them—you may want to make use of a rearview safety camera. These devices not only reduce costly back-up issues but also back-over accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
While some cars come equipped with back-up camera systems built in, that’s not the case for all vehicles. In the event that your car doesn’t have a back-up safety camera, check out the list below. One of these cameras, combined with other equipment like an aftermarket car alarm, or a dash cam, can help you eliminate blind spots and increase safety in the driveway and parking lot.
Garmin sells several back-up safety cameras, including the BC 30. This model works with the Garmin Nuvi, a GPS navigation tool.
List Price: $169.99
Pros: The Garmin BC 30 integrates with up to three other cameras, potentially eliminating rearview and sideview blind zones.
Cons: The Garmin system isn’t the easiest to install. You may want to hire a professional installation service rather than do it yourself. The Garmin Nuvi GPS also comes separately, costing anywhere from $150 to $300.
Esky’s EC170-20 might not be the prettiest system on the list, but it has good customer reviews. Plus, it comes at an extremely affordable price point.
List Price: $59.99
Pros: You can easily install the Esky EC170-20. Simply mount the camera on your license plate and connect it to the LCD display, and your car will be ready to go. It can also be paired with compatible front-view cameras, increasing overall visibility.
Cons: The Esky is a basic solution. If you want a system with wide-angle perspectives or advanced navigation tools, continue your back-up safety camera search elsewhere.
Crux offers several back-up safety cameras that work with specific vehicle models. The cameras match existing entertainment systems, meaning they will complement, rather than detract from, your car’s exterior.
List Price: As low as $130, depending on the end user’s vehicle
Pros: Besides seamlessly blending with your car’s aesthetic, most of Crux’s cameras are waterproof, so blind spots remain visible even in the dreariest of weather.
Cons: Crux’s compatibility with specific vehicles can be a drawback if you’re seeking a universal solution that can be used on multiple automobiles.
The Rear View Safety RVS-091406 comes with a colored LCD display that plugs into your automobile’s cigarette lighter hub. With its wide-angle lens and night vision feature, you can say goodbye to blind zones.
List Price: $179.99
Pros: In addition to the lens and night vision, Rear View Safety’s back-up camera is water and dust resistant (IP68 rating).
Cons: The RVS-091406 claims limited night vision, up to thirty feet. If you regularly park on a dimly lit, winding driveway, you may want to consider a different camera.
With its wireless range of 1,000 feet, the QuickVu Back-Up Safety Camera is an excellent choice for consumers with an SUV or other large vehicle. Even better, the camera relies on a digital signal, preventing interference.
List Price: $299.99
Pros: You’ll love the easy installation process.
Cons: The camera receives power from AA batteries, not your car’s reverse lights, which affects how and when the camera turns on and off. If you don’t like changing out batteries, we’d suggest picking a different camera.
This reliable camera is both discrete and functional. Like others on this list, it’s waterproof and easy to navigate. The monitor is also compatible with other video devices, making it usable for backseat gaming or movie-watching.
List Price: $29.99
Pros: This camera offers a fairly wide 170-degree view, with a price tag that can’t be beat.
Cons: Some reviews note a difficult installation process, so you may not want to tackle the setup alone.
Everyone likes to feel safe at home and in the car. But with an aftermarket back-up camera and car alarm, you won’t just feel safe—you’ll be safe. To start your journey toward a safer and smarter vehicle, choose the camera that best meets your needs and click on its product link to make a purchase.
*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.
Written by Hillary Johnston
A proud mother of four, Hillary is passionate about safety education. She holds a degree in Public Health and Disaster Management. Learn more