Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Look Ma, No Camera...

All mirrors.


Parking space at work. There's a concrete post marking the expansion joints, and as a result, there's extra room in those parking spots. I like to pull in tight to one side to avoid door dings (both incoming and outgoing) and aim for these spots whenever possible. As I backed into this spot, I checked the mirrors carefully to make sure I didn't hit the concrete post.

I didn't even have to move the mirror - which I could have - and managed to get the truck less than an inch from the post.  I also didn't hit the concrete wall behind me, although to be fair that had more to do with knowing exactly where it was given the ~ 1' square pillar jutting out from it. Backing up - especially with another vehicle behind me - is one of the times I wish I had a camera.

Mandatory cameras are no replacement for paying effing attention. They're a poor substitute for knowing your vehicle. And unless they're broadcasting directly to smartphones, they will be unused by the people that need them the most. By snapping their royal fingers and decreeing that the peasants shall have backup cameras, they have done precisely ZERO to fix the problem, and instead just cost us extra money.

In other words, exactly what they do about everything else...

That is all.




5 comments:

B said...

I have a car with a camera.

I find them useless, really. They do nothing that a mirror won't do.

Awelowynt said...

What's worse is those cameras with the predictive guide that plots the likely path of your car as you turn the steering wheel.

While a neat feature for giving you a general idea, they are in no way a precision instrument.

I can foresee many accidents happening because people blindly put trust into where the screen told them their car was going.

Ted said...

Thoose cameras would be useful for setting the hitch on my trailer ( and maybe for monitoring it under way ).

But after that ....... Well you'd need another camera on the back of the trailer........ Not that most people can successfully back a trailer.


It's always entertaining to watch people fail at the local boat launch ramp. ...... Cameras ain't going to help them It's a learned skill that requires constant practice

Jacqueline said...

I remember driving back to Texas from SC with my Dad bringing back some furniture and other items in a small U-haul trailer on the back of our suburban. Because of the trailer and other stuff the rear-view mirrow was useless. I didn't want to drive because I couldn't see out the back. I had a crash course in driving with side mirrors. My Dad insisted I learn how to navigate using the side mirrors (and hooking up the trailer).

Fading skills now....

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Yup, it just takes practice. I used to park a monster-medic (an ambulance with an oversized box on a Freightliner chassis) right between the lines of standard parking spaces on a regular basis, just to illustrate a point to all the idiots who would leave their little subcompacts at all angles / straddling the lines / etc. All done with mirrors.