Dashboard cameras and accident witness recorders are fast becoming an essential aspect of in-car technology. They can save you hundreds of pounds on your car insurance and they can become a crucial piece of evidence in the event of an accident.
So is it any wonder why more and more motorists are having them installed? To date they have proved sought-after in countries like Japan, the US and Poland but the UK is now catching up. Sales have reportedly soared over the years, especially given the rise in ‘crash for cash’ scams.
Halfords revealed that it had a 150% rise in the number of dash-cams sold over the Christmas period last year and Digit4U, an electronics website, reported a 28% increase in the last quarter of 2013.
In particularly, taxi drivers remain the most popular consumer to purchase the product to monitor their on-call drives and use it as evidence in the event of an accident.
What exactly is a dashboard camera?
Simply put, it is a small camera that attaches to the dashboard of your vehicle and records your driving. There are various models and makes on the market to choose from varying in price; and some include video that collects data by plugging into the car’s computer.
How can they save you money?
This data can be used for insurance purposes. It can be sent and reviewed to your insurance company on a regular basis to ‘rate’ your driving. Good drivers can reportedly get up to 30% off their car insurance premiums which is a massive bonus.
However, it’s key to note that it can also increase your monthly payments should they find that your driving is awful.
More importantly, they offer much needed protection
Not only can they save you £££’s but dashboard cameras can also come really handy in the event of:
§ An accident
§ Insurance fraud
§ Road rage
§ False testimonies
§ Protect your no claims
If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you need supportive evidence for any of these scenarios, camera footage is key.
And they are a perfect solution for worried parents. If you want to keep a close eye on your teen’s whereabouts and driving, an in-car cam is ideal and some can be turned on remotely for extra security.
A camera can also be a deterrent for thieves
If you frequently have to leave your car in a remote location or in an unprotected area, these gadgets are brilliant as a low-cost alternative anti-theft device. Criminals can be deterred when approaching your vehicle to break in or vandalise it, knowing that they are in candid camera.
So you can watch over your parked car with the knowledge it is safe and sound. And if you are a petrol head adrenaline junky, you can even record a road rally or off-road track event using your own state-of-the-art technology!
So next time you are driving down the road and someone bumps into you, don’t get all hot headed and shout blasphemies at the other party- simply smile and have peace of mind that they are on dash-cam camera!
And for businesses, rest assured knowing that you can enjoy reduced fuel consumption and lower repair costs in your fleet of vehicles.
This article was written by Safi Ahmed, Director of Car Communications, the go-to-experts for all your in-car technology needs. We are the leading specialists in state-of-the-art car communications including hands-free car kits, DAB digital car radios and accident witness camera recordings.