Make safety your #1 priority with a PEAK Back-up Camera (giveaway ends 12/12/13)


Car Safety

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.

Car rear monitor

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.

For more information about the PEAK® Back-Up Camera and other products visit www.PEAKAuto.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

PEAK Back-Up Camera

One lucky reader will win a PEAK® Back-Up Camera, compliments of PEAK®.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win the PEAK® Back-Up Camera.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the intitial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I have partnered with PEAK® to bring you this post. Although compensated all opinions are 100% my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. I would love to win the Peak® Back-up camera because it would be a great way for me back up with ease knowing that safety is very important to me. I do a lot of errands everyday and when I park in crowded parking lots, it is hard to see whose behind you you get ready to back up. Sometimes parents don’t always hold the hands of their children and they run ahead of them which drives me crazy because sometimes cars back up without even looking which is very dangerous! Also would be great for seeing small dogs that you don’t really see. I want to ensure that when I back-up, it is perfectly clear and safe. The Peak® Back-up camera would be an extra added security for my peace of mind when I am in my vehicle.

  2. Shannon Baas says:

    I always worry about kids behind the car.

  3. Misty Smith says:

    I would like to win this for my mother in law.

  4. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I live on a street with lots of children and I drive a big SUV. My car is older and does not have a camera or even a back up beeper. This would be awesome to have.

  5. I am short and drive a truck. I need to be able to see.

  6. I would like to win this because I am concerned about what is behind my vehicle. Especially in parking lots.

  7. I would love to win because my neighbor’s grandkids are constantly running behind my car when I’m trying to back out! I’m always careful, but I worry something will happen.

  8. I didn’t know these were so affordable either! I drive an older small car that doesn’t have one.
    I would like one because I’ve had some close calls while backing up in parking lots. I’ve almost hit people!

  9. I have trouble twisting my neck around to check properly. I do my best and it hurts when I strain it, so this would help my poor neck and keep the people behind my car safer!

  10. Great for backing up in parking lots

  11. would love this so much

  12. ellen beck says:

    I worry about animals in the neighborhood. We dont have alot of kids but I feed a feral colony and am always afraid they might be behind me.

  13. I would love to win this for my mother. We live in town houses. There are plenty of children around. I will love to give this to her so she can be careful and avoid any accidents.

  14. This would be great as I drive a truck and it’s hard to see what is behind it while backing up.

  15. I have 3 nieces & 3 nephews and I live in town where there are a lot of kids. I also have an older van that does not even have a backup beeper let alone a camera.

  16. I have a back up camera in my van and it’s great. My mother always says her car should have one, too. Now it can!

  17. I would love to have this. It would be very helpful. Don’t want to run into anything!

  18. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Because it would be helpful & safe.

  19. Wanda McHenry says:

    It would be extremely helpful when the weather is really bad and you can’t really see behind you.

  20. Virginia Rowell says:

    I would love to have this because this is definitely a great safety device. You never know what’s behind you no matter where you are. I don’t know how many times people and kids have walked behind my car.