More are installing rear-view cameras in their vehicles as a safety precaution
More S'pore drivers installing safety feature, say dealers

LAST year, at least three people here were killed after being struck by reversing vehicles.

One of the three accidents that made the headlines involved a two-year-old Australian boy who was accidentally run over by his mother in a multi-purpose vehicle, in the driveway of their Bishan home.

The other fatal accidents involved a Myanmar national who was struck while crossing a road in Serangoon, and a soldier who was hit by a truck driven by another full-time national serviceman in Jurong Camp I.

Police were unable to provide data on how many accidents involved reversing vehicles, but their figures show that 219 children aged 12 and below were injured in vehicle accidents from January to September last year, and one died.

Car dealers here said the news reports have led drivers to become more aware of the risks when they are reversing, and more are installing rear-view cameras in their vehicles as a safety precaution.

Product manager Vincent Ng from Kah Motor said rear-view cameras are now a standard feature in most new cars, especially multi-purpose vehicles and sport utility vehicles.

'It's a common feature for these vehicles because of their design. They are high-riding, so the rear-view mirror does not show much of their rear blind spots,' said Mr Ng. 'The rear-view camera helps solve that problem.'

He estimated that half of the new cars sold at Kah Motor have rear-view cameras installed, either as additional accessories or as part of the vehicles' internal design.

Volkswagen Singapore public relations manager Colin Yong said 10 of its car models now come with rear-view cameras as a standard feature.

'The camera helps when the driver is in a tight spot, but it should only be the secondary safety measure. Checking one's surroundings carefully by turning around is always the most important,' he said.