A dash cam is a small digital video camera that mounts to the dashboard and records the car’s journey either parked or on the road. There are many different brands and models available on the market, and they differ between the image resolution, user interface, battery type and life, WiFi/Bluetooth capabilities and memory space.
Whether or not you are looking for a high performance model or one that simply does the job, it is definitely a worthy investment for your car. So, exactly how does this recording device help car owners?
Clear unbiased documentation of accidents
This is by far, the most obvious use of a dash cam. Drivers involved in accidents usually experience shock leading to sudden lapse of memory of the incident. With the discrepancies in witness accounts, insurance companies have a hard time determining the liability between parties. As such, a dash cam clearly documents the incident providing the police and insurance companies with evidence.
Motion detection for parked cars
Almost all dash cams on the market come with a motion detection function. This function automatically records any movement detected near the vehicle. It can record incidents where your car gets hit while parked, theft of possession or physical damage to the exterior/interior. These recordings will be useful when filing police or insurance reports which can protect your vehicle and also nearby vehicles.
Track your car’s use
For worried parents, a dash cam provides a peace of mind when your children learn to drive. You will be able to keep tabs on any unsafe/unlawful driving. This gives an opportunity for further education and reinforcement to become more mindful drivers. This can also be useful for car share drivers, rental car companies and also company car drivers in preventing vehicle misuse. A quick check for footages can determine whether or not they are safe drivers and potentially mitigating any accidents in the future.
Reporting unsafe drivers
In countries like Taiwan, the public are encouraged to report any unsafe drivers to authorities. Sometimes these incidents may or may not involve yourself, but you will be reinforcing discipline on reckless drivers on the road. We all have a responsibility to make the road a safer place for everyone that shares the space for drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. Your dash cam recording can become the evidence that provides an unbiased account of a nearby accident providing support for the innocent party.
In reality, we expect all drivers around us to make sound judgement and be responsible. More often than not, your dash cam recordings will be uneventful. Hopefully, you will never need to use the recordings. However, with even just one incident, your dash cam will be able to support your claims. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words! At the end of the, exactly what will you be investing in? The answer is sense of security, reliable proof and peace of mind. This in itself makes it a worthy investment.
-The team at DashOto