Many of us are looking for ways to stay safe on the roads. Unfortunately, most of us will be involved in at least a small accident during our driving careers, with some being more serious. A severe car accident can leave you with expensive damage, injuries, and even facing criminal charges. Even smaller accidents can lead to complicated insurance claims and reports, and knock your confidence on the road.
In our attempts to keep ourselves safe and comfortable on the road, we often look at ways to upgrade our vehicles. Modern cars have better safety features and updates, which might be a priority when looking for a new car, especially if you’ve got a family. Keeping your car safe with regular services and maintenance can help, and there are things that you can add to your car, to increase safety. One of these additions that is becoming more popular is a dashcam, but what is it, and why would you consider getting one?
What is a Dash Cam?
A dash cam is a small camera that sits inside your car, providing an audio and visual recording of your journeys. Some drive cams even have parking cameras, which will automatically start recording if they detect a collision, even if your vehicle is unoccupied and parked.
Some dash or drive cams provide front only views. Others front and back and some give a cabin view, which can be ideal for taxi drivers, people that share their cars, or newer drivers who are looking to make improvements to their own driving. Most accidents that happen on the road are real collisions at low speeds, so front and back view cameras are ideal for most drivers.
Piece of Mind
One of the main advantages of a dash cam is that it gives you peace of mind. It can help you to feel safer and more secure on the road, and increase your confidence. It can also be a useful tool if your children are starting to drive for the first time. A drive cam in their car, or yours, if they are using it, can help put your mind at rest when they first start driving alone.
Most insurance companies are starting to accept drive cam footage as evidence to prove who was at fault in the event of an accident. If an incident leads to criminal proceedings, your footage will also be taken into account. You won’t have to trust someone else, to tell the truth, or your own memory of a high-pressure situation.
To Reduce Insurance Costs
While insurers don’t reduce premiums because of a camera, it can mean that your no claims bonus is protected, and that future premiums don’t increase because you have taken the blame for something that wasn’t your fault.
When your car is parked, there is only so much that you can do to keep it safe. If someone hits it, they could easily drive off without leaving their details or attempting to contact you. A dash cam with sensor activation can help you to protect your vehicle but helping you to find the culprit.