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Can Dash Cams Make Roads Safer?

Posted on February 14, 2023

In the heat of the moment, even when you think you had a full view of the road, there are still times when we miss what really happened in an accident. A dash cam could be the answer in settling insurance disputes and claims.

What’s a dash cam?

A dash cam is a small camera mounted on the dashboard or windscreen of your car, facing the road. You can also have a rear dash cam too. It turns on when you start the engine and records your entire journey.

Dash cam videos can be timestamped in a way that’s tamper-proof, making them a great source of evidence for any kind of road incident.

Some dash cams even include a parking mode, which starts recording whenever an impact is detected. If someone knocks a wing mirror or hits your car when they’re parking and doesn’t leave a note, you’ll have a better chance of finding out who’s responsible for the damage.

There are 3 main types of dash cam:

Front view dash cams capture everything in front of you, including traffic you’re following. They’re the cheapest, but lack the ability to see what’s happened behind you.

 

Front and back view (or front and rear) dash cams record the view in front and behind your car. Many accidents on the road happen at low speeds and involve rear-end collisions. Investing in dash cams that offer both views could be worth the extra spend in case you’re involved in an accident.

 

Cabin view cameras provide a bird’s eye view of what’s happened inside your car. Mostly used in taxis and car services, they might be useful if you share a car or maybe wish to check your own driving habits.

Why install a dash cam?

You’ve seen them on the news, crime programmes and some of the footage even goes viral on social media. And they’re becoming increasingly popular with motorists in the UK. Our research shows that dash cam ownership went from 1% to 15% in just 4 years.

They’re an effective way to see how we and others drive, and useful for finding out who was at fault in a car accident. And if you ever break down, a dash cam can act as a GPS tracker which can help the emergency services find you.

And if you suspect you’ve been a victim of a crash or cash fraud, submitting dash cam evidence could help you be properly compensated and prevent it happening to others.

The police already use dash cam videos in their cars, and the footage they record is often taken as evidence when prosecuting bad or dangerous drivers.

(Source: The AA)

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