I consider myself a very protective parent. In fact, I know that I’m a bit TOO protective. I’m not ashamed to admit it. For example, when my kids were younger I would stand by the window watch them in front of our condo building when they took our dog out to do his business. Or I would stand at the top of the stairs while my kids went downstairs to get the mail.
My kids are older but that doesn’t mean for one moment that I don’t take their safety and well being to heart on a daily basis.
We live in a very busy condo and townhome complex. There are 40 condo buildings (400 units) and 300 townhome. Needless to say the parking lot can be a VERY busy place. People are always coming and going all the time. Not only do I worry about potential kidnappers, I also worry about wreckless drivers who race up and down the parking lot. I have insisted for years that they install a few more speed bumps, especially in front of my building, but the condo board refuses because they don’t want people to damange the underside of their car and sue the board. I look at it this way - if you are foolish enough to speed over a speed bump you deserve the damage to the underside of your car.
Another problem we have is people not paying attention to their surroundings when backing up. I make certain to be aware of my surroundings, but with so many cars parked around you it’s easy not to see someone or something come behind you when you are backing out.
Once when my son was a toddler he also got hit by a car backing out in our parking lot. I always had a good grip on my kid’s hands but that one time he wiggled free and ran down the hill (our parking lot is on a hill). Because he was a toddler and there were a lot of cars in the parking lot, a neighbor backed out and almost hit him because he didn’t see him behind his car. Why my neighbor stopped before he hit my son I’ll never know (he no longer lives here). I am grateful for whatever reason that he stopped when he did or my son could have been seriously injured or worse.
Since that day I have become a bit paranoid when backing out in our parking lot because we have so many toddlers and small children around here and I would hate for something like that to happen again – especially when I’m the one behind the wheel.
Not only children but you have to be cautious of other people, pets and miscellaneous stuff (like other cars, toys, etc.).
A few times in the past I have had the opportunity to review brand new cars. I drive a 96′ Mazda. Driving a brand new car is a wonderful experience. I love all the “bells and whistles” new cars offer.
One safety feature that any new cars come with this days are the rear view cameras that allow you to see from a small screen on your dashboard what is behind your car, so you are able to see things you might not otherwise see if you look in your rear view mirror or turn to look behind you, such as a child who is too small to be seen over the back (trunk) of the car. A rear view camera will help to eliminate blind spots.
At first I had a hard time getting used to the rear view camera, but after a few times I could see just how valuable such a piece of equipment can be. I wish it was available when my car was made.
Many parents are taking safety standards into their own hands. A lawsuit was filed recently that is demanding that the Department of Transportation (DOT) set rear visibility standards for vehicles, as required by a law passed in 2008. I have never heard of this before. I wonder if the DOT will make it the law to have things like rear view cameras on ALL cars – including older ones like mine.
Whether you drive an older car like mine, or a new one that does not feature a rear view camera, you can take matters in your own hands by installing a rear view camera on your car. In fact, for some people installation is easy and can be done in about 15 minutes.
Brands like PEAK make it a cost effective option, too. You can install a PEAK® Back-Up Camera in your own car.
Here is a brief video that shows you just how easy it can be.
You always have the option of paying someone to install it for you too. If you are a handy person (or know someone who is) its better to install it yourself and save a few dollars.
The PEAK® Back-Up Camera has a full LCD color monitor that affixes to your car’s windshield with a suction cup. It also comes with a water resistant that attaches to the vehicles license plate.
PEAK® Back-Up Camera is not only for cars. You can install it on trucks, SUV’s, RVs and even campers.
If you have children or pets, or live in a neighborhood with children and pets, installing a PEAK® Back-Up Camera is essential for their safety and for your peace of mind.
You can find the PEAK® Back-Up Camera (in two different sizes) at Walmart and auto retailers nationwide. They range in price, depending on what size monitor you want, from around $70-$90 at Walmart. Prices vary by retailer. I was actually surprised at how affordable they are. I would have thought they would have been a lot more money. I also never thought you could install it yourself either.
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