Back Up Confidently Without a Backup Camera (Giveaway)

by Michelle M

I sometimes feel like I’m in the minority without a car that has a backup camera. I wasn’t willing to pay another couple thousand dollars for that option, plus a GPS and DVD system that I didn’t need, so I am simply careful with my Pilot as I navigate the suburbs where I live. Given that, testing Back Up Better lenses and mirrors was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

The Back Up Better safety products are designed to minimize blind spots and prevent accidents. They include both add-on blind spot mirrors and rearview lenses that attach to the back window of a van, SUV, or other vehicle with a vertical rear window, as well as back up alarms that activate when you put your car in reverse and help alert others to your presence.

I’ve seen the add-on mirrors before and know that there are some vehicles that come standard with them installed. The mirrors are sold in pairs and are designed to be applied to both exterior mirrors. The application process is easy – simply clean the mirror, peel the sticker’s coating, and press to the mirror for 30 seconds.

Because not all cars are the same, they come in a variety of sizes from small ($6.99 a pair with two shape options) to mid and large size vehicles ($12.99 a pair) to full size SUVs and trucks ($12.99 a pair). I applied the mid and large size vehicles mirrors to my car, and I was surprised at the difference the view made.

Without the add-on mirror, I thought I could see fairly well to the sides of my car. I was wrong about the size of my blind spot and honestly quite surprised by how much more there was to see once I placed the add-on mirror onto my side mirrors.

There was a lot that I was missing that I didn’t even realize I was missing - like an entire tree. Having the additional visibility makes me more confident as I’m driving, not just when I’m backing up but also when I’m changing lanes on the road. It’s a great confidence boost.

The Back Up Better rearview lens was one that threw me for a loop when I first took a look at it. It also comes in two sizes, an 8″x10″ size for small and mid size vehicles ($14.99) and an 11″x14″ size for large vehicles ($23.99). I chose the 8″x10″ version for my SUV, and it was a good size.

The plastic mat has a lenticular side and a smooth side. It applies with just water, which makes it easily movable when needed. This is a product I will definitely be taking with me whenever I need to rent a car with a vertical rear window.

There was a bit of a trick to get it fully applied without air bubbles but it wasn’t difficult to squeeze them out, and because you use water to apply them, it isn’t a big deal to pull it off and start over. While the lens doesn’t look that special when you have it in your hand, what you see once you apply it on your vehicle is eye opening.

My regular rear view mirror view:

My rear view mirror view with the Back Up Better review lens:

Again, looking through my rear view mirror without the lens, I don’t feel like I’m missing all that much. Yes, I know I can’t see things directly behind me that are closer to the ground, but I’ve figured out where the corners are on my car. Once I place the lens on my window, however, I was amazed to see the difference in what I was now able to see. Looking straight back behind me was even a bigger difference.

With the added lens, I can see so much more of the driveway behind me. I can see a lot more to the left and right, as well as above and below my window. The image itself is a little out of proportion, but I don’t mind that because I can tell that there is something there that I wasn’t able to see previously. I have noticed that depending on the angle of the light hitting my car, there is a circle on the lower half of the lens that is more opaque than the rest of it, but I still find this invaluable.

Both types of mirrors took a little getting used to, just as it does every time you get into a different car to drive. I am still using all my mirrors and turning to check manually, but my confidence is higher with the additional tools from Back Up Better. In fact, the exterior mirrors are something that I would love to give to my mother who drives a smaller car but could still definitely benefit from additional visibility.

My other friends who have the minivans and SUVs without backup cameras? I know what they’re getting for Christmas!

My only real quibble with the Back Up Better products was their packaging. There were many grammatical and spelling errors on them, which was a little offputting to me, as I wasn’t sure of the quality of the product if the quality of the packaging was lacking.  The directions for application of the product and what vehicles they were designed for also wasn’t very clear.  To be honest, until I visited the website, I was under the impression that the rearview lens was intended for school buses and other commercial vehicles rather than for my own car.  The website was far more helpful and clear, and there were directions included in my order that also made the process easier.  I wish that level of detail were included on the packaging of the products themselves, as well.

Enter to Win

25 winners will receive a rearward view back window lens for an SUV, station wagon, minivan, crossover, or small van.  Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!
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In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with product samples from Back Up Better for review purposes.  I was also compensated for this campaign, but all opinions remain my own.



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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1 Sandra K321 October 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

I could use it. I drive a Jeep and it is hard to see behind it.

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2 Stacie Fontinell October 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Me! I have to back out of our driveway and we have lots of kids in our neighborhood that play in the street! I would love this!
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3 Jenny October 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

This would probably be for me.

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4 WinItMama October 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I definitely need this! LOL
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5 Daniel M October 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

probably my sis, after she hurt her neck she has trouble looking around

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6 Anitha Kuppuswamy October 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

For my husband

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7 Ashley S October 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I would give it to my husband! lol but I’m sure he would say I need it!

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8 Melissa Belle October 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Sadly I’m the driver who needs this the most, we just moved and the place we live in now the driveway is weird and not easy to back out of, I’m always so close to hitting the lights or trees!!

sweetmelbelle31 at yahoo dot com

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9 Rhonda Clemens October 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I would say both hubby and I, a parent can never say they are the safest or the best driver, there is always room for improvement!!

clemensrhonda@hotmail.com

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10 Natalie S October 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

most likely me since i drive a big car

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11 angie October 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

my youngest son could use this
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12 Kelly D October 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I need this the most.

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13 mrsshukra October 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

We all do!!!

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14 Karen Medlin October 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I think the teen and myself

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15 Patricia Wojnar Crowley October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

My mom needs this!

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16 Jill G October 9, 2012 at 1:18 am

I need this. I am the one leaving the driveway during the day when the kiddos are out.

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17 Lacey J October 9, 2012 at 1:21 am

Probably myself! We drive a hybrid and its ridiculously hard to see out the back window

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18 Susan P. October 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

I have a minivan which has good visibility but is still highher up than our sedans, so I would use it.

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19 Crissy D. October 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

I need it, Im not a very good driver

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20 Rebecca October 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

Me! I could use it!

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21 Wehaf October 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

I need it most, as I’m a new driver.

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22 Bud L October 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

My husband…

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23 Idaho Jill October 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

We would put it on the family car, so we would both use it
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24 Cindy B October 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

that would be me when I’m driving our SUV!

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25 Jen V. October 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I am the one who needs it. We have lots of kids who play on the street in my neighborhood. I am always paranoid I won’t see one of them.
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26 Norleans Louisiana October 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

OH definitely my dad. The guy thinks he’s so safe and really he’s not–it’s a bad combo of poor skill and overly confident. Thanks for the post and chance to win!

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27 Daiva October 10, 2012 at 6:05 am

I do! I am not very good at backing up!

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28 Megan Raines October 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

i totally do!! I am horrible at backing up!

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29 Angie Vinez October 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

ME. Backing up has always been my least favorite part of driving. And, now that I have a 15 year that has her permit, I’m certain this would come in handy for her as well.
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30 HappyMomC October 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I need it the most, very bad while reversing the van.

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31 Christine October 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

I need this the most.
Thanks for the chance!

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32 Alison S. October 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Me! I’m paranoid about making sure I never hit a child, or anything else.

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33 CHELSEA October 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I defiantly need this the most

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34 Staci A October 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

My hubby could definitely use it!

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35 Jackie Griebel October 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

My husband, he backs into things all the time with his truck

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36 Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) October 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

well that would be me & my husband, my husband does most of the driving these days

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37 Heather Poindexter October 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

lol, me! I have a SUV and its hard to see behind it!

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38 Kathleen Conner October 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This would be for me–I’d feel more comfortable.

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39 Emily Acker October 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

My oldest sister – she can hardly see at all when backing up, because of the car seats in her van.

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40 Tim October 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Neither of us have been involved in an accident, but it always helps to have that extra bit of security.

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41 Kristi L. October 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I need it the most for when we are hauling our pop up camper.

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42 Tabathia B October 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

my 18 year old daughter :)

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43 David October 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

Backing up isn’t generally a problem except for at the grocery store, but I do concur with the other comment regarding a trailer.

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44 Clenna October 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

I need it most. I keep turning around to check the back of my car so I don’t hit anything.

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45 Glenna F October 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

I need it the most.

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46 Kristin Sawatzke October 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

I could use this for my tahoe!

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47 LT October 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I could use this the most!

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48 dale bartlett October 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

i really could use this.i suck at backing up straight.hard to see out the back some times

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49 Cheryl Rahkonen October 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

My husband could use this most. He has backed into our daughter’s car, our son-in-law’s car and almost ran over the dog. He really could use this.

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50 Robert Pyszk October 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I need this the most

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51 Jamie October 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I need this the most!

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52 Jemima P October 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I need it! It would just make me feel so much better.

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53 vikki Billings October 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

My son could use this the most

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54 Claire
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I do need this! It’d be for me!

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55 Diana Hatch October 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Would love for my son and daughter-in-law

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56 Chrissy Nestor October 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Probably me lol

chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

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57 Jennifer Clay October 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I want to win this for myself.

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58 Virginia Rowell October 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

My daughter needs this the most!

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59 Valerie Taylor Mabrey October 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

think my hubby does
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60 Jennifer Peaslee October 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

me, I hate backing up!

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61 Karen Gonyea October 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

My 18 year old new driver could use this !!

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62 cassandra October 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

the gift of safety is a great one

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63 Shannon Baas October 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Me as I will be driving in a lot of traffic.

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64 Brittney House October 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

definately me. lol

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65 Fiona N October 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I would love to win it for myself because I usually get hard time to back up :(
Thank You for the giveaway!

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66 pamela james October 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

That would be me!

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67 Carol Irwin October 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

what an awesome extra safety device

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68 Viva October 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I’m the one who needs this!

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69 Emily October 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My spouse does

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70 Julie October 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I need this the most!

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71 Angela Kinder October 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I need this the most! It took me 5 minutes (or what felt like 5 minutes) to back up from a spot at the library because I couldn’t tell how close I was. Of course, I blamed my being sick the day before, but I felt so embarrassed that it took me so long and the people had to wait for me. :(

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72 bettye October 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Great addition for those of us who are peripherally challenged :)

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73 bettye October 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Great addition for those are us who are peripherally challenged :)

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74 Sue H. October 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I’d give this to someone I know drives a van or large SUV.These I’m sure have saved many lives.Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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75 joni October 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I can really use this.

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76 Wendy McBride October 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I really need this on my big truck.

wendym at cableone dot net

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77 Angie October 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I’d love to have this!

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78 Ola Jaggers October 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

My oldest son is just getting his license, so I would love for him to have this!

Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!

~Ola

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79 Solducky October 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

me for sure!

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80 corrie October 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

me I NEED IT LOL. i am not a good backer uper.

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81 ron bartlett sr. October 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

thank you. I won

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82 Chad February 22, 2014 at 11:54 pm

I don’t know why all cars don’t have these convex mirrors on them. They are incredible!!
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