Accessorize Sensibly, Decorate Safely: Safety Add-Ons for Automobiles

Accidents involving motor vehicles are sometimes inevitable. Aside from medical concerns, drivers in these accidents often need to deal with the legal consequences. An auto accident attorney in Everett or other counties will help you get fair compensation.

However, an ounce of prevention is better than court litigation. The following accessories are high-tech precautionary gadgets are worth investing in.

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Backup Cameras

Backup, rearview, or reversing cameras do exactly what it says on the label. They project blind spots from the back to a monitor on the dashcam to give drivers a full view of what is at the back of their vehicle.

Backup cameras are made to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from backover accidents. Newer cars automatically have this accessory on their dashboard. Furthermore, as of May 2018, all vehicles weighing less than 10,000 lbs are required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to have rearview technology.

For older vehicles, backup cameras can be bought as separate accessories. These cameras are mounted on the back of the vehicle, just upwards of the plate or a similar safe position. The output of the camera is projected on a monitor mounted on the dashcam or a rearview mirror that doubles as a monitor when reversing.


Often paired with backup cameras, the dashcam is a built-in insurance policy for drivers. Newer models are capable of recording videos at night or if there is sudden motion in front of the vehicle. Rideshare drivers are also protected from unruly passengers if these are attached inside the vehicle.

Some models of dashcams can alert drivers of possible fatigue or weariness during a long drive. They have backup systems and can take most types of memory cards for greater capacity.

Blind Spot Mirrors

No matter how ergonomically designed rear and side mirrors are, they will still have blind spots. That’s why blind spot mirrors are useful. By giving drivers a wider view of their sides, blind spots are almost eliminated. These mirrors are also mounted on swivel balls for easier adjustment.

Vehicular Diagnostics Device

If your car is not digital or it doesn’t have a complete suite of onboard diagnostic tools, you’ll need a device that can help you detect mechanical problems. These devices can be inserted in OBD II ports to help you track all types of technical data about your car.

Furthermore, these devices often have their own smartphone apps to expand their functionality. When you download these apps onto your phone, you can check your car’s diagnostics there in addition to remote unlocking your doors and starting your engine. Some devices can also help you set up “geo fences” or areas where the car is allowed to travel.

Long-Range Detectors

Avoid a hefty speeding ticket by being prepared. Long-range detectors can help drivers on highway journeys detect the presence of traffic enforcers kilometers before their radars can spot you. This way, drivers who unconsciously step on the accelerator far too heavily will remember to check their speed.

If you do end up needing legal help, ensure that the law firm you choose has a team of advocates that will fight for your best interests. Practicing defensive driving is also a great way of preventing injuries resulting from auto accidents. After all, if you’ve practiced parallel parking or other maneuvers, there’s less of a chance of a car crash.

Drew Hendricks covers the newest technology and makes it easy to understand. He ghostwrites and creates native advertising for automotive startups as well as major media outlets.