For anyone that doesn’t know, dash cams are small cameras that sit on your dashboard in your car and record a video of your journey. Dash cams may provide video evidence if you were to have a road accident; essentially they may be able to determine if an accident is your fault or not.
There is a lot of dash cam footage out there, and journeys can show the weird and the wonderful, but are dash cams as helpful as they seem to be?
Some people will try and make a claim against you, which is actually all a scam. People have been known to go to extremes such as reversing into the front of your car, or physically throwing themselves on your bonnet! This is all in a bid to make a claim that you have hit them. Dash cams can completely dismiss these incidents (after all, having footage that shows exactly what went on is proof that the ‘accident’ never happened at all).
Let’s imagine someone is wanting to steal a car. As a thief, do you go for the car with the dash cam inside that will more than likely catch you on camera? Probably not. Fear of being recorded prevents your car from being stolen or vandalised if there is a dash cam inside.
It's like your own personal black box
When you have black box insurance
, you’re able to look back at your journeys on a map and see where your driving was good and where you could improve. A dash cam is like your own visual black box. You can watch your journeys back and see what you did well and where you could have maybe done a little bit better.
Footage from dash cams can become huge online and on social media. Let’s face it, everyone likes watching funny clips that people catch on their dash cams! Capture something funny on yours, and it could be the latest internet sensation!
Things to remember
In some places, recording in public is against the law. Make sure you check local authority laws on recording before you set off. If you can’t use your dash cam, you may need to leave it at home for that trip (or at least stop recording before you get there)
If you make mistakes on the road (it does happen) then your dash cam will record this too. So as long as you’re a safe and honest driver, you should have nothing to worry about.
Having a dash cam can be distracting, especially if it has a display on them. If you do become distracted with the screen on your dash cam, it could cause safety hazards on the road for yourself and other motorists.
So what do you think?
Is having a dash cam in your car like having your friend in the passenger seat, or is it like having a back seat driver on board with you? Let us know!