Are dash cams worth it?
Thinking of buying a dash cam? Here’s some info to help you make the decision!
What are they?
Dashboard cameras (or dash cams) are mounted to your dashboard or windscreen and record the road in front of/behind you when driving. They give many drivers peace of mind as they can record the moment a collision takes place; thereby allowing insurance companies to easily identify who is at fault.
Dashcams are installed into the car and connect to the car’s battery. This allows it to record whenever the car is moving. Some dashcams even have GPS systems built-in that show the vehicle’s speed and location.
All footage recorded by the camera is stored on an SD memory card – but to save it being built up and running out of space, they record in a looping manner.
How will they help if I’m in a crash?
In the event of a crash, the dashcam’s g-sensors will be triggered; alerting it to save that recording separately. This allows it to still record in a loop while also saving the most important recordings.
Dash cams allow for insurance companies to resolve a case faster as they will easily be able to see who is at fault – thus allowing you to get your car fixed/replaced faster.
Some dash cams actually come with sensors that detect if someone/something comes within a certain distance of your car, and automatically begins recording. This can provide great evidence if someone crashes into your parked car and drives off.
Will it make my insurance cheaper?
Some insurance providers do offer cheaper insurance for having a dash cam. However, not all insurers do. This is because having a dash cam doesn’t make you any less likely to have a crash – but it does help the insurance companies determine who was at fault. One dashcam manufacturer, Nextbase, found that almost 40% of surveyed people said that they would feel safer when driving with a camera on board their car.
Won’t it drain my battery?
No – dash cams actually only use a tiny bit of electricity and so won’t have a major impact on your car’s battery.
How do I pick the right one for me?
There are a few things that need to be considered when buying a dash cam, as you want to ensure that you won’t miss the recording of a potential collision that isn’t your fault:
- High quality camera – You’ll want a camera that is going to pick up all the details of your journey, to ensure that all the information is there in the event of an accident.
- Easy to install – You don’t want to be faffing around with setting up a tricky-to-use dash cam every time you set off, so shop around and find one that’s easy and effortless.
- Front-facing vs. rear-facing – A front-facing dash cam is the most useful as it will pick up everything that you’re seeing as the driver. However, a rear-facing dashcam will help if you get rear-ended; some will actually do both!
- Extra features – GPS/G-force sensors/Parking mode all need to be considered as you don’t want to miss a vital bit of footage!
Dash cams promote safer driving and provide great evidence in a collision. Have you thought about getting one?