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Re­vers­ing cam­eras on car­a­vans pre­vent mishaps, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Cars -

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.

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