How a dash cam could save you

There are many reasons people choose to install a dashboard camera in their car. Also known as dash cams or DVRs, these cameras are already commonly used by police, taxis and buses. Over the last 10 years they have also quickly become one of the most popular additions to our cars. Here’s why:

Evidence on your side
Proving that you are not at fault in a car accident can be hard, especially if the guilty party starts pointing fingers. As soon as you start your car engine, your dash cam will begin recording. This means that should you be involved in an accident on the road you will have proof of what really happened.

Having a dash cam is the easiest way to avoid a lawsuit as you can provide other drivers, police and your insurance company with undisputable evidence of your innocence.

Stop fraud
Some drivers will intentionally cause road accidents in order to score a sizeable payout from insurance companies. This is called insurance fraud and, as ridiculous as it may sound, it’s surprisingly common. These drivers will try to get money out of you and your insurance company, hurting both your bank account and your future insurance rates.

Let’s face it, when it comes to a ‘he said, she said’ scenario, older drivers may come off second best because of unconscious biases based on unfair stereotypes, potentially making you more likely to be a target of fraud. However, with a dash cam, you can prove what really happened, preventing financial extortion and letting the law take care of the fraudsters.

Capturing dangerous drivers
We’ve all seen reckless drivers on the road and feared for the safety of other road users. It’s possible to report them to authorities but without evidence, authorities won’t be able to do anything. Having a dash cam means you can capture and provide evidence of aggressive, drunk or distracted drivers, helping to prevent potential accidents and to make roads safe for everyone.

Spoiled for choice
There are hundreds of options available on the market, so do your research before making a purchase. We have included two options which have both received positive reviews online.

Mio MiVue 766
It’s easy to use, has very high quality pictures (1080p) and a viewing angle of 140 degrees. It has a GPS tracker, connects to wifi, and can even live-stream to Facebook.

Nextbase Duo
The Nextbase Buo is two cameras in one, with both front and rear facing cameras. It has a viewing angle of 140 degrees, a GPS tracker and HD video quality of 720p.

For more popular dash cam options, check out these popular models.

Have you had trouble proving your innocence on the road? Would you consider investing in a dashboard camera?

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