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A simple guide to Dash CamsBack

The past 12 months has seen a rise in Dash Cams as people recognise the benefits of having an on-dash camera to record road incidences.

Dash Cams also have the potential to make a significant contribution to road safety and also to save you money on your car insurance. As a consequence, Dash Cams have become cheaper, smaller and even easier to use, making them more accessible to motorists.

What is a dash cam?

A dash cam is a video camera that is mounted on your vehicle’s dashboard or windscreen and usually powered by the car’s12v system. The dash cam continuously records the view of the road and traffic through the windscreen.

What are the advantages of a dashcam?  

As fraudulent insurance claims increase, a dash cam provides vital evidence of what actually happened and who may have been involved. Whilst many motorists will be under the impression that the UK’s overall driving standards are among the safest in the world, we still have collisions, and one driver’s account of what happened can be very different to another’s. Dash Cams are a way to solve this problem.

Why do insurers love dash cams?

Insurance companies have grown to rely on dash cams for the ckear and irrefutable information they can provide. Road safety expert Sandra MacDonald says;”if you’re a safe, conscientious driver, a dash cam helps protect your no-claims bonus, as well as guarding against dangerous drivers, road rage incidents, ‘crash-for-cash’ scams and even minor car park knocks.”

How does a dash cam store footage?

The dash cam stores video footage onto an internal memory or a removable card such as an SD card. When the memory is full, the camera will automatically overwrite the oldest files and so on, so you should be able to set up the dash cam and leave it until you might need it.

Where should I fit my dash cam?

Its best to fit the dash cam in the centre of your windscreen, behind your rear view mirror, this will ensure it does not obstruct your forward vision.

Can I share footage from my dash cam with the police?

Yes, an increasing number of police forces are accepting dash cam submissions showing dangerous driving for instances such as driving without due care and attention, unlawful mobile phone usage, not wearing a seat belt and other offences.

Could the footage recorded on my dash cam be used against me?
Yes. If you’re involved in a collision, or are stopped by the police for committing an offence, then officers could seize your dash cam or could require you to present its footage for them to review.

Facts about dash cams

  • If you own your own car and you’re not using it for business purposes, it’s legal to use a dash cam without notifying anyone else you’re recording.
  • Around 3 million motorists within the UK are currently using dash cams.
  • You can save as much as 10% or more on your car insurance by installing a dash cam.
  • Dash cams can now be purchased on the high street for as little as £25 upwards.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 23/02/2018