Whether you’re driving to the shops or heading out on a weekend road trip, a dashboard camera (commonly known as dash cams) can record your journey, and can be especially helpful in the event of an accident.

What are dash cams?

Dash cams record footage of the road ahead (or behind), saving the recording when prompted. They can be placed at either the front, rear or front and rear of the car. This way if something happens to you or your vehicle, you may be better able to understand and have evidence of what caused the accident.

How do dash cams work?

After initial set up, your dash cam should automatically start with your car’s ignition. It will then record footage of the road ahead or behind and give you the option to save the footage onto your memory card. If no clip is saved, the dash camera will then record over old footage to save space on your memory card.

Why can dash cams be useful?

Dash cams can be useful in proving causation of an accident and can assist in insurance claims. This is because – depending on your chosen model – they can provide details such as time, location, date, and speed. Clear footage of your collision can offer evidence to your case, which may help your insurance claim.

If your dash cam has a built-in sensor, it can also record footage when your car is parked. This means it could automatically start recording if someone tries to vandalise or break into your car. Plus, dash cams can be a helpful resource if you want to report an incident of speeding or dangerous driving or even improve your own driving skills.

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