Safety should never be taken for granted, especially with the size of vehicles we drive nowadays. A multipurpose vehicle may a convenient means of transport for both people and cargo, but the sheer size involved means there is a larger number or area of blind spots. This means a driver faces the risk of colliding with people or objects when reversing the vehicle. By learning how to install a backup camera in my car, I managed to successfully negate this risk and drive with a greater sense of security.
A backup camera transfers an image to a video monitor situated inside the vehicle so provide a more comprehensive picture of the surroundings around said vehicle. When I wanted to know how to install a backup camera in my car, I found that there were two set ups: wired and wireless. The latter has a signal wire running from the camera to the monitor, while the wireless version does not. I decided on a wireless setup because it was more convenient, despite costing more and sacrificing some picture clarity and transmission speed.
Both wireless and wired backup camera monitor bases can be easily fit over rear view mirror brackets. This was the first part that I installed, and I also made sure there was extra support in the form of double-sided tape. The grounding wire from the controller unit should also be connected to bare metal in the car for safety.
The backup camera itself can be attached to the vehicle with the mounting hardware that is provided. I attached the camera the frame of my license plates, as close to the center of my vehicle as I could manage. You should also ensure that the camera’s field of vision is not obstructed in any way while not obscuring the license plate either.
With the camera in place, it then has to be connected with the vehicle’s reverse light wire. The wire was located by having a look at the reverse light bulb itself. I used a multi-meter to test the wire, which read 0 volts when the car was not in reverse and 12 volts when I put it in reverse. The reverse light wire has to be used because the power wire of the backup camera has to be soldered to it. After carrying this out, I used electrical tape to seal the connection. The camera’s ground wire also has to be grounded to a clean metal surface.
You should always test that you’ve set things up properly, i.e. if the signal wire is properly connected to the monitor if you’re using a wire setup, by putting the vehicle in reverse and watching the monitor.