Rearview cameras may not be the first accessory you’d think of when it comes to car safety. With car alarms, reverse sensors and bumpers all standard appliances built into the modern car, you could very easily turn a blind eye to the rearview camera system.

The truth is, if you own a truck, larger vehicle or are hauling luggage or cargo on an attached trailer, a rearview camera can bring you not only extra safety but peace of mind, too.

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The more eyes you have on the road, the safer you’ll be, so a clear, crisp image of the back of your car is a no brainer for the safety-conscious. Adding a rearview camera gives you a far better image of the road than a rearview mirror ever could, and could work in tandem with your car alarm installation to add security, warning - and recording - any threats to the safety of your vehicle.

With that in mind, there’s a whole range of parking cameras on the market which will suit different vehicles. So, if you’re thinking of purchasing one from In Car Music take these factors into account.

Do you have space on your dash for a monitor?

First things first, is to work out what kind of monitor you have space for in your car.

If you own a smaller vehicle and your dashboard is already filled up with a large car audio head unit, then there’s no need to worry as there are plenty of alternatives. Wireless back up cameras can play right onto your smartphone for instance, and rearview mirror installed parking cameras can replace your standard mirror, and add a far better sightline for the back of your car than a narrow mirror ever could! The only problem is getting used to the new dimensions, which can be a little disorientating at first.

Does your car already have an inbuilt touchscreen receiver?

You might have already installed a touchscreen receiver for your in-car entertainment system. In this case, half the job’s already done for you. You can now install a camera that can integrate with the system you already have. You could even kill two birds with one stone and upgrade your car radio’s head unit alongside the rearview camera monitor.

What camera suits your vehicle?

There are a few things to keep in mind here.

 For instance, do you want a camera that comes with parking lines and reverse sensors for ease of parking, or is it merely for security? What kind of terrain are you going to be travelling on? Dust and dirt can cloud your camera’s sightlines, so if this’ll be a problem, consider installing your camera somewhere that won’t get as clouded, for example above the boot rather than the undercarriage for instance.

Are you going to be driving a lot at night? If so, lux ratings will help you to clarify what you need. 0.1 lux is the same as a moonlit night, whilst 10,000 lux is equal to a sunny day. If you’re driving in low visibility, make sure your camera has an LED or infrared light installed which can automatically power on when the vehicle is in reverse.

Now that you know which rearview camera to choose, it’s time to start shopping!