Most likely you’ve been hearing the buzz about dash cams and wondering what is the use of a dash cam or dashboard camera. The benefits of having a dash cam are making them popular in places like the UK, Russia and a few other countries. Check out the video below and you’ll see what we mean.
In this article we’ll tell you exactly what a dash cam is all about and the various uses. At the end of it all, I am sure you’ll understand why dash cams are becoming so popular. You might even agree that this car accessory is a great piece of technology for anyone to invest in.
What does a dash cam do?
Dash cams are recording devices used to capture footage while you’re on the road driving. It hooks up to your car and it records footage of your journey, as you drive from place to place.
Depending on the kind of dash cam you purchase, you can record:
- front or rear footage
- front and rear footage (dual dash cams)
- the interior of your car (cabin view) or
- the front and interior; this comes in handy especially if you are a Lyft or Uber driver
But that’s not all they are used for.
As it’s name implies, the camera is hooked up to your dashboard, on your windscreen, or your rear view mirror and like a video camera, it records footage while you are driving. If you don’t know, having a dash cam can actually save you thousands!
What is the use of a dash cam?
Okay, so you are most likely wondering why record your journey. Well, some people do crazy things on the road. Some drive the wrong way, engage in road rage, and some try to escape taking responsibility for causing a fender bender.
In a case like that, a dash cam would have captured exactly what happened. So you would have evidence of the event. Having a dash cam or dashboard camera is like having your own unbiased Wheel Witness to any event that may have occurred while you were driving or not.
Some come with motion detectors, so if someone attempts to or engages in vandalizing your vehicle while it’s in park mode, that incident would be detected and automatically recorded. With your video footage, most likely the authorities could find the perpetrators easier. In this case, it ensures the security of your vehicle as well.
But these cams are used for much more than just capturing road rage and acts of vandalism that’s for sure. Like I mentioned, it can be your wheel witness.
If you’ve got one of these in your car and someone crashes into it, the cam would have recorded video footage of the event. This comes in handy. You can then use that footage to show that the accident was not your fault. Well, hopefully it wasn’t. But having the evidence means that your car insurance premiums won’t go up because you have authentic proof that the accident was not your fault.
More Great Uses
As a mom or parent, you can use a dash cam to keep a wider eye on your kids in their seats while on a journey. Using one that provides a cabin view, allows you to do this. A cabin view dash cam records what’s going on in the interior of your vehicle.
Kids can often be rambunctious towards each other. They may even engage in misbehavior and may not fess up. You can save yourself the migraine by simply looking at your cabin view footage to see what actually happened. In future, since they know that the dash cam is recording what they are doing, they’ll most likely engage in more positive behavior.
Got a teenage driver?
If you’ve got a teenage driver and you want to keep an eye on him or her while they are using the car, then having one of these video recorders in the car is a great way to do that. It can also help them to be a more conscientious driver on the road as well, since they know everything is being recorded.
If you’re a frequent night driver or you get distracted by something or other, and you have no idea that you’re drifting into another lane, some dash cams have sensors that will alert you of lane departure. So it’s helping to keep you safely in your lane.
You may even be able to benefit from lower insurance premiums if you have a dash cam in your car. Some insurance companies provide additional discounts on car insurance if you have one in your car. There is also the suggestion that having a dash cam can make you a more conscientious or cautious driver. Since you are aware that the camera is there recording what you do on the road, you’ll definitely want to be careful navigating your journey.