Reversing cameras, especially the ones designed for heavy equipment and trucks are always ready for the roads and the demanding environments. These reversing camera systems are designed to be water and dust-proof, often carrying an IP67 or IP68 rating. These ratings for the reversing cameras will definitely assure drivers and operators that these products can definitely work reliably even in the most demanding environments. While most of these reversing cameras are designed for toughness, it doesn’t mean that you should forget about these once installed. Just like other safety equipment and accessories, reversing cameras also need regular checks and maintenance for it to perform at an optimal level at all times.
Periodically Wipe-Down the Lens to Remove Accumulated Grime and Dirt
Yes, the reversing cameras may need some maintenance but most of these are basic and will not require special materials. Whether these are factory-installed or an aftermarket equipment, the cameras should be wiped-down to clear away the dirt and accumulated grime. During heavy rain or snow, manufacturers recommend checking the cameras before attempting to reverse or make a turn. Remember, reversing cameras are installed to provide you with complete visibility of the environment. If these lenses are filled by dirt and grime, it can cloud your visibility thus compromising your safety on the road.
Some makes and models, particularly select Nissan models for 2014 feature built-in rear-view camera cleaning systems. These vehicles have units that automatically spray water to clean the lens and squirts a puff of dry air to dry it. If the vehicle is not equipped with this capability, you should make it a point to check and clean the cameras especially if the vehicles are used in demanding environments.
Visibility is all about having a good look at the road and the surrounding environment, and this is better done when using a clean camera lens. As an extra measure, it’s best that you perform a walk-through of the system before you reverse or drive off. With this extra step, you can check if the lens are ready and look for any obstacles that may prevent you from reversing safely.