What is a Reversing Aid?
Reversing aids help you to judge the space around your car and detect any bollards or objects in your blind spot. They are particularly useful for those who are less able to twist in their seat.
Reversing aids come in a couple of formats; parking sensors and reversing cameras. They can be used together or independently of each other and can help you park like a pro in even the tightest or most awkward of spaces.
Many newer cars come fitted with parking sensors as standard these days. If your car isn’t fitted with sensors this doesn’t mean that you can’t retrofit them and enjoy the added confidence that comes from knowing you have the sensors doing the hard work for you.
There are two types of parking sensors; ultrasonic and electromagnetic.
Ultrasonic sensors rely on bouncing sound off of obstacles and monitoring the time that it takes for the waves to be bounced back to the receptor to tell you how close you are. The sensors are wired to a speaker in your car which will beep slowly the further way you are, and frantically when you’re getting dangerously close.
Ultrasonic sensors are incredibly popular because they are the cheapest form of parking aid and they start beeping the moment you put your car in reverse.. They are fantastic value for money and will, with the correct installation and usage, help to prevent you from introducing the bumper of your car to everything ranging from walls to other vehicles. They do require drilling into your car so we recommend getting professional fitting, and this type of sensor isn’t suitable for use on vehicles with a tow bar.
Electromagnetic sensors on the other hand are suitable for use with tow bars, cycle racks and other equipment. They create an electromagnetic field around the car’s bumper and any objects which enter this field will set off the beeper inside. Unlike ultrasonic sensors, electromagnetic sensors are fitted inside the bumper rather than requiring drilled through, however they are the pricier option.
Here at the RAC shop we are delighted to stock a range of parking sensors. Some of our most popular products include our colour-matched, fully fitted, reverse parking sensors, and our fully fitted front and rear advanced parking sensor kit.
If you’re a fairly confident person when it comes to parking but would still like a little extra assistance, then perhaps a reversing camera would be more your style. Rather than having to twist around to see what’s behind you, a reversing camera allows you to see what’s behind you, right in front of you! Specifically designed to prevent reversing accidents as they reduce blind spots, reversing cameras are becoming more and more popular.
Fitted to the number plate of your car, a reversing camera is often made up of two parts; the camera and the display which is often fitted to the dashboard, air vents, windscreen or occasionally even your rear view mirror like our Yada wireless digital reversing camera and rear view mirror. Most models also have night vision and parking assistance functions which make it easy to park even when light is low.
If you’re planning on fitting a reversing camera to your car, then you need to be aware that you may have to drill through your boot in order to feed the cables through to the camera and connect the camera to the power cables in your rear light cluster. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then we highly recommend that you get a professional to fit and test the camera for you.