Benefits Of Dash Cams
As the number of cars on the road continues to rocket, so has the use of the dash cam. A nifty piece of in-car kit, dashboard cameras have become the must-have accessory, fueled by their ever-improving prices. Less than $150 will get you a decent dash cam that can be easily installed, with many drivers also opting to have rear and front facing devices.
Designed to capture pictures and sounds of everything that goes on in and outside your car, there are a host of reasons for having a camera on your dashboard. So, get ready to be surveillance picture-perfect as we look at the top 10 benefits of dash cams.
1. Evidence In An Accident
If you have ever been in a road traffic accident, then you know how chaotic and disorientating those first few minutes can be. Add to this, several different versions of events and the post-accident waters can get very muddy indeed. A dash cam can clear up any confusion with its video evidence, especially if you need to prove you were not responsible for the incident or need real-time evidence to support your insurance claim. In short, when it comes to life out on the road, your dash cam pretty much has your back and is one of the main reasons drivers choose to install the technology.
2. Helps To Protect Against Fraud
Protect yourself against a ‘crash for cash’ type fraud with your dash cam ever-ready to show the truth! These fraudulent claims are on the rise and involve an individual who deliberately causes a situation or accident in order to benefit from a pay-out from your insurance. The best dash cams not only establish the full context of such an incident but also proves your innocence. Dash cam evidence can also be extremely useful should your car be stolen, or you are involved in a hit and run.
3. Show Off Your Driving Skills
It’s not all legal doom and gloom when it comes to the benefits of a dash cam, they can also be a fun thing to have in your driving life. Remember that time you were driving solo on an empty sweeping mountain road or had a blast ripping up some mud in your off-roader and wish you’d been able to capture the action on camera? Well, with a well-mounted dash cam now you can! Recording those awesome motoring moments for sharing later is all in a day’s work for your dashboard camera.
4. Catch The Unexpected On Camera!
Keeping the fun dash cam thing going for a bit longer – would anyone believe you if Big Foot crossed the country road in front of you? Or that large herd of deer? Or that large man dressed as a clown on a bike making his way home through town? Well, with the video evidence captured on your trusty dash cam they will! The beauty of a fixed dash cam in your car is that they are ever ready to capture the unexpected, even if you aren’t.
5. Reduce Insurance Premiums
Everyone wants to be known as a good driver and when it comes to your car insurance company, having a dash cam installed can earn you some bonus points when it comes to your insurance premium. Some insurers are rewarding drivers who have this car gadget by reducing their annual premium – largely by removing the fraud tax that’s built into renewals. This is because a dash cam will quickly provide evidence in the event of an accident or fraudulent claim, saving the insurance company time and money. The good ones will then pass on some of this saving to the dash-cam owning driver.
6. Record Others’ Poor Driving
Sometimes other people’s driving defies belief – whether they are thoughtless, careless or downright dangerous – and you often wish you could report them. If you have a real concern about the way a driver is behaving on the road, with the real-time footage you have captured on your dash cam, reporting them is made a whole lot easier.
Submitting footage of a reckless or dangerous driver can really help local law enforcement, and potentially save a life. And as a driver who may have witnessed a serious traffic violation, accident or road rage incident, you and your trusty dash cam are helping to keep our highways safer for everyone.
7. Challenge Traffic Offences
Your dash cam is your evidence if you are stopped for a traffic violation you didn’t commit or a parking fine that just doesn’t stack up. The real-time footage on your dashboard camera can be used to show the traffic officer before they issue a ticket or used to appeal against a fine. You can also use the footage as evidence in court to demonstrate your innocence.
8. Can Help With Driving Instruction
If you are a professional driving instructor, a dash cam may well have become your workplace standard, helping to protect both you and your learner driver. A dual camera system inside and outside your car can also be invaluable to help your student learn as it enables you both to review the on-road lesson at the end of the session. This can also be a useful teaching aid if you are giving your own Junior a few additional pointers in the fine art of driving post qualification.
9. Keep An Eye On Your Teen
And talking of Junior, you can also use your dual dash cam system to keep an eye on them when they ask to borrow the car. OK, they may not be happy with it, but we’ve already seen how a dash cam can keep your insurance premium down and with an eye on their driving skills they can also help to keep both your teen and your car safe. Plus, the best dash cams have GPS fitted as standard so you can keep track of their movements too.
10. Document An Awesome Road Trip
And finally, in our top 10 benefits of a dash cam, we return to the fun stuff – and that’s using your onboard camera to document a holiday road trip. More than just a way of capturing an everyday journey from A to B, your dash cam is your holiday reporter, capturing the time you spend on the road. With a road trip, the journey is a core part of the vacation and the scenery you will drive through can provide some of the best memories and images of the trip. So, don’t miss out on your holiday recollections back home by using a high-res dash cam to record all the best road trip bits. And in our digital world it’s always good to share, so use that sweeping road/mountain backdrop/road trip sunset footage to gain some serious bragging rights with your social media friends.
- How To Install A Dash Cam – WikiHow