Tips To Install A Dash Cam
Few people like the idea of being recorded but for drivers with dash cams there are distinct benefits. If you are considering investing, here are several reasons why taking the time and expense to install a dash cam could be a wise move.
What Is A Dash Cam?
A dash cam is a small camera that videos your surroundings as you travel in your car. It captures images and audio of everything that goes on inside and out. The dash cam will also record when the car is parked even if you are not inside. According to research, installing a dash cam significantly improves driver behavior. After analyzing data compiled by an RAC study, it was found that 25% of drivers agreed that a dash cam in their car would improve their driving as unconsciously, they would know their driving was being recorded.
There are two types of dash cams, front view and front and rearview. The front view camera is the most commonly used and perfect for capturing both lanes of the road ahead. For a full 360 view, a front and rear view dual dash cam will simultaneously record what is happening in front and behind you.
Where Do You Mount A Dash Cam?
To fully utilize a dash cam, the advice is to install the camera behind the rearview mirror, since this position offers the best cover. Having a well-mounted dash cam can be especially helpful if you are involved in an accident or someone causes damage to your car since the video can be used as evidence by the police and the insurance company.
How To Setup A Dash Cam
Another important advantage of setting up the dash cam behind the rear view mirror is that the camera does not obstruct your view. Some are attached using suction cups but others use strong double-sided adhesive tape. The tape is often preferred, however, once the camera is secured, it cannot be easily moved. A suction cup, on the other hand, provides flexibility since the dash cam can be repositioned or taken out to use elsewhere if ever needed.
After you have attached the camera you need to fit the power lead around the windscreen. This has to be done so that it in no way impedes your view.
Where the power lead plugs in depends on the sockets your car has available. Usually, dash cams are plugged into the cigarette lighter. However, if it is out of reach or already in use, there are adaptors available. If you want the dash cam to turn on automatically as you start up the car, you will need to hardwire the dash cam by connecting the power lead directly into the fuse box.
If you would like to set up your dash cam this way it is advisable to use a professional. It’s safer. You can take advantage of a free fitting service if you purchase a dash cam from the RAC shop.
The Benefits Of Installing A Dash Cam
1. To Provide Real-Time Evidence
The greatest motivation behind installing a dash cam is that the video is legally accepted as evidence. The footage can be used as real-time proof to help establish who or what was at fault in an accident. For this reason alone, dash cams save money, stress and time.
2. Prevents Insurance Fraud
There has been a worldwide increase in drivers staging accidents to cash in on the insurance. Dash cam footage provides the evidence insurance companies need for police departments to launch their own investigations to stamp out this particularly dangerous form of fraud.
3. Captures Illegal & Bad Driving
We have all come across bad drivers and those we suspect are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the recording provided by a dash cam makes it easier to report such drivers making the roads safer for everyone. Ultimately, this could lower everyone’s insurance premiums.
Are Dash Cams Legal?
Yes, dash cams are legal. Some police authorities, such as those in the UK, actually encourage professional drivers to install them. They acknowledge the role they play in improving road safety. However, it is also important to note that once a dash cam is installed, there are rules and restrictions. For example, if you are a taxi or Uber driver you need to inform passengers that a dash cam is in operation and they are being recorded. Also, the dash cam should not become a driving distraction. You cannot adjust it, reposition it or play its footage as you are driving. Not even when you are at a red light and stationary.
Anything that makes using our roads easier and safer has to be a good thing, especially if having a dash cam can influence drivers to think more about how they are driving. That said, as installing dash cams becomes so much cheaper and their use more and more widespread, just knowing there is likely to be a dash cam recording acts as a deterrent for all road users.