What Is an In-Car Camera?
In- Car Cameras (or Dash Cams) are unobtrusive little devices which are often fitted to the windscreen or dashboard and record a video of your entire journey. The cameras can either be connected to the electrical system using the vehicles cigarette lighter socket, or they can also be hardwired in for a more permanent solution.
The camera can then be attached to the windscreen or the dashboard using either suction cups, a bracket or sticky pad. Often the cameras can be removed and reaffixed as often as needed, which is great for those who don’t want to leave it on show whilst they’re parked up.
What are the Benefits of Installing an In-Car Camera?
Cyclists have been using helmet cameras for years to record crashes and clashes with other road users which are then often used as the basis for police complaints against negligent drivers. With an increase in “flash for cash” incidents where drivers flash their headlights and allow the driver to pull across the junction in front of them before purposefully driving in to their car to try and claim insurance money, more and more drivers are fitting in-car cameras.
Tens of thousands of motorists are already recording their journeys with in-car cameras, and it’s easy to see why this number continues to increase. An in-car camera can provide vital evidence for the police and your insurance company should you be involved in an incident as the video footage can be used in a court of law.
Being able to prove that an accident wasn’t your fault can keep your no-claims bonus intact and even help press charges against those involved. There have even been occasions where drivers with an in-car camera have witnessed an incident not involving their car and have been able to help out fellow motorists in reaching the best possible outcome.
What In-Car Camera Should I Choose?
Which in-car camera you choose varies greatly depending on your needs. For many, a simple front facing dash cam will suffice. However some may wish to protect their car even further by installing a unit that features both forwards and rear-facing cameras.
Some models will also have a built in GPS system. This doesn’t mean that it will double as a sat nav, instead it records your coordinates which could come in handy should you ever need to reference the location of an incident. Plugging your camera in to a computer will allow you to view the recorded video and in those with GPS, even view a map with the location of the recording.
The price of your chosen camera will also vary greatly depending on the memory size. With loop recording switched on, it will record indefinitely by deleting older videos when the memory runs low.
You’ll also find that some cameras have a built in display, whilst others don’t. Again, this comes down to personal requirements, so pick the camera which suits your needs best.
Whether you’re looking for a simple device to safeguard your insurance whilst you’re out and about, or a more high-tech model that offers those extra features, an in-car camera is never a bad investment. After all, if an uninsured driver hit you today, could you really prove that it wasn’t your fault?