Replace your vehicle backup bulbs with alarm bulbs to alert folks nearby for safer backing. It's quick and easy. Or add a louder freestanding backup alarm under your vehicle.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December/January 2012
Remove the backup light socket
and snap in the beeper bulb.
Wipe off any fingerprints before
you reinstall the socket.
We’re not telling you to install a backup alarm,
throw your vehicle into reverse and “damn the
torpedoes.” But a backup alarm can help avoid
accidents by alerting others that you’re about to
back up. Backup alarms come in two styles: as a
replacement bulb for your existing backup
lights and as a freestanding alarm to mount
under your vehicle.
The bulb alarm isn’t as loud as a freestanding
alarm because the bulb sits inside your light
assembly. Choose from two bulb styles: The
Hopkins No. 20100VA (about $20) replaces a No. 1156
bulb; the No. 20101VA (about $20) replaces a No. 3156
bulb. If you want a freestanding
alarm, try the Wolo BA-52 (about $10). Want to
sound like a garbage truck? Buy the heavy-duty,
extra-loud BA-107 (about $24) for 107 dB of beep-beep.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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