Dash Cam – Essential or just another Gadget?

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If you are a taxi driver, van driver or delivery driver then the use of a Dash Cam may seem like an essential part of your day to day kit, but does the regular social driver or commuter need one too? We have noted the benefits here to let you decide for yourself:

 

– Proof of an Accident
With video proof the driver can expedite the claim. It may prevent drawn-out discussions with insurance companies about who was at fault and receiving the higher insurance rates that go with that finding.

– Unexpected events
You may not catch something as astonishing as an astronomical event but with the footage in hand, you can show your car insurance company what brought about your claim and may save you from a surcharge.

– Improve your own Driving
By reviewing how you drove last week can help you see ways to correct the driving mistakes, such as braking too hard or switching lanes abruptly with the help of footage helping you become a better driver. Not only that, knowing that you are being filmed makes you more cautious. If you were to send your footage elsewhere you don’t want to be driving like a lunatic do you?

– Report Bad Drivers
With roads getting busier, the number of bad drivers keeps increasing, especially in large cities. Video evidence from a dash cam can be used to report drunk drivers, distracted drivers, dangerous drivers and road rage incidents.

– Vehicle Misuse
Whether you’re lending your car to your kids, friend or dropping it off at a valet or mechanic, you will know exactly where your car was and how it was treated.

So, think a Dash Cam might be a good idea, here’s what you should be looking for in your purchase:

 
– Video Quality
THE most important criteria for selecting a dash cam. When purchasing a dash cam, it is important to get one that shoots in high definition (720p or 1080p) so that important details are captured when the footage is required.

– Size
Dash cams come in various sizes, and a smaller dash cam is always better. Of course, cramming lots of features in a small device normally comes with a higher price tag. The

colour

black is definitely preferred for a dashboard camera, as any other colour would draw too much attention to it.

– Night Video Quality
The ability to grab good quality video footage at night is what separates the great camera models from the average. While true night vision is not necessary for a dash cam as you will normally have your headlights on when you drive in the dark, it is necessary that your camera is able to capture quality footage independent of sunlight if you drive a lot at night.

– Records in a Loop
Loop recording means that once your storage is full, the camera automatically overwrites the oldest files on the memory card, thus enabling it to record indefinitely.

– Auto On/Off
A must have. This means that your camera automatically starts recording when you turn the ignition key. You don’t want to get into a situation where something happens that you would like to keep the video of, just to find out that you forgot to turn your dash cam on that day.

– Parking Mode
If someone damages your car in your absence, a dash cam with parking mode will come to life and start recording, so you can see who hit your car. Some have built-in GPS which records street routes and speed and keeps a track of where your vehicle has been.

 

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