Look back in anger
Reversing cameras on caravans prevent mishaps, writes Mark Hinchliffe
REVERSING cameras fitted to modern caravans are expected to reduce the high incidence of reversing accidents.
Figures released by NRMA Insurance show collisions represent 41 per cent of caravan damage claims, fol- people when reversing, usually by crashing into trees, bollards, gates, fences and garages because the caravan is wider than a car, making it difficult to see,’’ he says. ‘‘The use of reversing cameras would help prevent up to half of reversing collisions where visibility is an issue.’’
Many modern caravans come standard with reversing cameras, but McDonald says cameras can be retro-fitted.
‘‘ Reversing cameras should be placed high on the back of the caravan to give as wide a field of view as possible,’’ he says.
He suggests drivers practise reversing in a vacant car park, turning the vehicle left to point the caravan right and turning right to point left.
Jack-knifing the caravan is another common cause for claims as well as damaging the towing vehicle.