Blackburn, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 29, 2012 -- Everyday we hear horror stories about serious, perhaps even fatal, accidents involving large vehicles.
As large vehicles become increasingly important to everyday life, there is an added responsibility for both the driver and vehicle owner.
With reduced visibility ranges, especially at the back of the vehicle, it is critically important for large vehicles to have some sort of help in reversing.
Large vehicles can be a nightmare to reverse, unless you have some modern technology to help you.
Fortunately, most companies understand this simple idea and, therefore, have reversing aids, in various guises, fitted to their heavy-duty vehicles.
Reversing sensors / Proximity sensor
One of the most popular reversing aids is the proximity sensor, designed to give off a sound when it detects an object within close proximity of your vehicle.
Sensors calculate the time interval between the vehicle and the other object, whether that is another vehicle, a pedestrian, lamppost or fence.
This will prevent costly accidents. A reversing accident could mean insurance payouts, repair costs, vehicles out of commission, and extra money for rental vehicles.
Some reversing aids are flawed and do not give full value for money. Reversing sensors, conversely, can pick up signals at any time, whatever the weather. Given this, it seems obvious why fleet owners value them so highly.
Many have three stage audible warnings, which change pitch when an object gets closer.
Multiple reversing aids are far more likely to benefit you
Reversing sensors are not always enough. All round vision is often required as well as warnings.
Ordinarily, the only way to see behind you is via your rear view and side mirrors.
A reversing camera system effectively removes blindspots from your field of vision by providing images of the unseen areas via a screen on your dashboard.
Most reversing camera systems include cameras that can easily be attached to the rear of your vehicle and to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Worried that harsh weather will obstruct your vision while reversing? These days it is possible to buy a reversing camera with the technology to clean itself at the push of a button, using wipers or shutters. Reversing camera systems are usually waterproof.
Most also have infrared capabilities, so you can use them both in the day and at night.
Reversing aids can be used for any vehicle
All drivers can benefit from reversing aids, and even everyday cars can have them.
A proximity sensor on a standard car can lower the risk of collision when backing up or parallel parking.
Parking sensors work automatically, detecting the obstacles at the rear of the car at any time.
A variety of high-tech r eversing aids
For a quarter of a century Vision Techniques has been at the forefront of vehicle safety, offering a comprehensive range of reversing aids.
Vision Techniques' safety solutions reduce the risk of collisions and maximise efficiency - and are suitable for all commercial vehicles and industry types.