The Benefits Of A Dashboard Camera

A dashboard camera, commonly abbreviated to dash cam can have many benefits. Consists usually of a small windscreen mounted in-car camera, which records what happens in its vision. A lot also have a secondary camera, which is for rear view capture as well

They come with built in batteries which you can charge through your cigarette lighter. You can also have them hard wired to your car battery. This could drain your battery if you don’t also fit a power limiting device with it

The main purpose of a dashboard camera is to record your journey on the road or journey

This recording can be used as evidence. Evidence incase you were involved in a accident yourself. If your camera recorded another accident on the road or road side, this could also be a great help to someone else

Insurance

As far as I’m aware insurance companies aren’t yet giving discounted policies for drivers who use dashboard cameras. But who knows… this could potentially be something that is done in the future

Numerous insurance claims are a case of ‘your word against mine.’ However, with the evidence on a dash cam you could well be in a better position

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Something to remember, privacy laws do dictate that a person should be informed if they are being filmed or taped. If you are needing to use footage which hasn’t been recorded in a public place you could face an issue. For instance a supermarket car park is private land, and if this is when an accident happened, you might not be able to present your footage as evidence if the third party objected, as they didn’t know they were being filmed. If you were on a public road they would be unable to object to the footage being made, therefore you would be able to use it then

Some dash cameras start recording when motion is detected near the vehicle. Even when the vehicle is parked up. This could potentially be a theft deterrent too

There was a case on the news where a dash camera recorded a vehicle being vandalised, which lead to a prosecution of that individual

Smart phones have apps available for download which can be used the same way as a dash cam. You need the necessary phone mount, but it records your journey the same way

Having your journey recorded to an internal storage loop or memory card loop, could give you peace of mind if you were to be involved in an accident

A standard format SD memory card is what is used to record the data which can be read in a lot of devices

The oldest data is always recorded over first, once memory maximum is reached

Having an extra safety feature in my car is how I see it. They range in price massively depending on what you want it to do

The saying ‘ it is better to be safe than sorry’ springs to mind for me and I always have mine switched on

Do you have a dash cam in your car already or are you looking to get one in the future? Let me know in the comments

108 Comments

  1. Sheena Batey
    19/09/2019 / 18:07

    I don’t have one but would like one for my daughter. She had a near miss recently and could have done with the evidence of the appaling driving by on oncoming lorry driver.

  2. Angela Treadway
    19/09/2019 / 18:39

    looking to get one x

  3. chloe b
    19/09/2019 / 18:47

    I’d love one for my husband as he’s on the road a lot for work.

  4. Mel Pennie
    19/09/2019 / 18:47

    Currently have an dash cam app on my phone which is OK but would prefer to have a stand alone dash cam, and this one sounds ideal!

  5. KEV C
    19/09/2019 / 18:56

    I’ve never had a dash cam but am excited about getting one 🙂

  6. Joanne Dawkins
    19/09/2019 / 20:15

    I do have a dashcam but its rubbish and doesnt record half of the time!

  7. Fiona jk42
    19/09/2019 / 22:01

    I don’t have a dashcam, but would like to get one.

  8. Tracy Nixon
    20/09/2019 / 03:48

    No, I don’t have one but looking to purchase x

  9. Chris Hunt
    20/09/2019 / 07:13

    I do not have a dash cam but I would love to have one. I drive a small car and other drivers seem to think I have less right on the road than they do.

  10. Margaret Clarkson
    20/09/2019 / 07:50

    Looking to get one

  11. Nicola S
    20/09/2019 / 07:54

    I’ve been thinking very seriously about getting one. There’s been a few occasions where I’ve thought I wish I’d had one. There’s so many advantages to owning one.

  12. Helen R
    20/09/2019 / 08:41

    We don’t currently have one but have been looking in to getting one. It would make me feel much better to have one and its definitely better to be safe than sorry!

  13. Emma Walton
    20/09/2019 / 09:18

    I don’t have a dash cam but I need one because of all these scams going around. It a so called accident is on camera it’s irrefutable proof that you’ve done nothing wrong.

  14. Priscilla Stubbs
    20/09/2019 / 09:51

    I do not have a dash cam but I think it is a great idea to own one

  15. Sandra Fortune
    20/09/2019 / 11:10

    Don’t have one at the moment thinking of buying my husband one for Christmas

  16. Iain MacIver
    20/09/2019 / 11:27

    NOT SO FAR ITS ON THE LIST

  17. Alica
    20/09/2019 / 13:13

    My hubby has this on his Christmas wish list 🙂

  18. Karen Barrett
    20/09/2019 / 14:22

    I don’t have one, but would love one. I live in an area where staged accidents are rife.

    • Natalie Burgess
      25/09/2019 / 20:13

      I dont have a dash cam so this would be perfect xx

  19. Anthony Harrington
    20/09/2019 / 16:36

    I have front and rear cameras I would like this one for my Son-in-Law

  20. Solange
    20/09/2019 / 18:09

    I’m looking to get a Dash Cam.

  21. Ellen Stafford
    20/09/2019 / 19:13

    No I don’t but I would love one for my boyfriend. x

  22. Laura Pritchard
    20/09/2019 / 20:06

    My boyfriend really wants one so I’d love to win him one.

  23. Ruth Harwood
    21/09/2019 / 05:12

    we don’t have one, as we’re between cars, but we’re going to be getting one when we get our next car later this autumn, I hope!!

  24. clair downham
    21/09/2019 / 05:15

    no i dont so this would be great

  25. Fiona Paley
    21/09/2019 / 15:43

    I don’t have a dash cam although I had planned on getting one when I bought my first cae but I ran out of money with all the other costs involved in owning a car.

  26. Caroline Tinsley
    22/09/2019 / 12:55

    I don’t have a dashcam but think they are a good idea so would love to win!

  27. 22/09/2019 / 15:10

    Hey, great article.

    I don’t have one yet but let me tell you I’ve seen things happening in front of me that should get recorded and shown in driving schools. Luckily, accidents were always avoided.

    By the way, I would recommend a high endurance SD card, especially if your dashboard camera is frequently exposed to strong sunlight. They are designed to have higher resistance extreme temperatures. Might seem like a detail but if your SD card fails, your footage is gone.

    Cheers

  28. Margaret Gallagher
    22/09/2019 / 16:50

    Havent one yet – hope this will be my first – THANKS for the chance

  29. charlotte isobelle
    22/09/2019 / 16:50

    We dont have one yet but it is a brill idea!

  30. Susan Smith
    22/09/2019 / 20:22

    We had one, lent it out and it got dropped, its not working too good now, so looking into getting another

  31. Graham Ross
    23/09/2019 / 07:52

    I have a duo camera on my car but it would make a great Christmas gift if I was to win

  32. Noreen
    23/09/2019 / 08:30

    My husband doesn’t have a dash cam but he would be trilled to own onw!

  33. Nigel Soper
    23/09/2019 / 10:16

    We have one dashcam but two cars and my wife has a problem with moving it between cars and never seems to get it working when it has to be moved.

  34. Annabel Greaves
    23/09/2019 / 11:24

    I would love a dashcam to give me peace of mind when driving

  35. Andrew Ricketts
    23/09/2019 / 12:44

    Looking to get a dashcam

  36. Claire Carter
    23/09/2019 / 15:34

    I have one and feel safer doing so, but I’d like to win one for my husband

  37. holly harmsworth
    23/09/2019 / 17:52

    I am looking to get one for my mum who has been involved in a couple of incidents where a dash cam would have come in handy

  38. Andrea Fletcher
    23/09/2019 / 18:09

    I do not have a dashcam but would like one.

  39. Allan Fullarton
    24/09/2019 / 14:10

    Looks amazing! Never had one before, looks useful.

  40. Jennifer Toal
    25/09/2019 / 04:57

    I don’t have one but my partner does

  41. Rebecca Nisbet
    25/09/2019 / 19:20

    I haven’t got one, but have been thinking about getting one, we were involved in an incident not long ago, and one of these would of really come in handy.

  42. Lugworm
    26/09/2019 / 12:04

    Not yet but definitely needed

  43. Charlotte H
    26/09/2019 / 19:34

    I don’t have one but have had a couple of near misses so I’d like one!

  44. Susan B
    28/09/2019 / 00:56

    We’ve been thinking about getting one for quite a while.

  45. Jade Hewlett
    29/09/2019 / 07:25

    I don’t have a dash cam but have been thinking about getting one as they seem like a great idea

  46. Stephanie Coals
    29/09/2019 / 10:41

    Definitely looking to get one as it provides that extra peace of mind when out and about.

  47. Amanda Richardson
    29/09/2019 / 20:00

    Don’t have one, but leaning towards getting one in the not too distant future

  48. Joanne Benham
    30/09/2019 / 13:32

    I don’t have one yet, but given the things that happen I think it would be good to have one.

  49. Kim W
    30/09/2019 / 20:22

    I would love one for my son who’s had 3 accidents which weren’t his fault as it is costly and time consuming to have to chase uninsured drivers or drivers who don’t care etc. He’s been really unlucky. I wish these people knew what affect their bad behavior has on innocent drivers.

  50. Kevin000
    30/09/2019 / 23:25

    I haven’t, but I’m thinking of getting one

  51. 01/10/2019 / 07:07

    Dash Cam 1080P DVR is a good dashcam. Even day or night it is very clear video. Easy operation. The price is affordable. I recommend to my all friends.
    -Steve

  52. Alison Johnson
    01/10/2019 / 16:43

    I have one already, but my son wants one, especially as he now has a new job & has to travel about 45 minutes each way. I know the route he goes & the driving is terrible with people always cutting you up to save themselves 5 minutes a day!

  53. Tracy Clark
    02/10/2019 / 20:57

    I do not have one but I think they are a good idea to get one

  54. janine atkin
    03/10/2019 / 20:08

    ive been meaning to get a dashcam for ages

  55. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    06/10/2019 / 17:22

    I was rear ended two months ago and if I had had a dash cam I could proved it more easily.

  56. Julie Ward
    06/10/2019 / 20:15

    My sister could do with this, she does some long journeys sometimes

  57. MANDY DOHERTY
    06/10/2019 / 23:11

    I don’t have one but I think it’s important to have one

  58. Victoria Prince
    07/10/2019 / 09:16

    No I have never had a dash cam, but I’ve wanted one for ages – so useful these days

  59. Marie Rungapadiachy
    07/10/2019 / 18:18

    I have not had a dash cam before but I have been thinking of getting one as there are so many bad drivers out there.

  60. Sacha stacey
    07/10/2019 / 18:40

    Looking to get one

  61. Shelley Jessup
    08/10/2019 / 17:35

    No I don’t have a dashcam but after the driving I’ve encountered this last year I think I need one as I would of caught many accidents on it!

  62. Becki Smith
    09/10/2019 / 10:46

    I don’t have one but would love one for my car for that extra assurance

  63. Lynn Neal
    11/10/2019 / 14:04

    Looking to get one for my son!

  64. Jan Lewis
    11/10/2019 / 20:22

    No not as yet

  65. CAROL PATRICK
    11/10/2019 / 20:32

    I’d love to win this fab dashcam, we don’t own one, and it would be good to have ‘another pair of eyes’ on the road recording all the time. Some drivers take stupid risks and, in the event of any incident, a dashcam offers proof of what happened, should an incident occur.

  66. Ursula Hunt
    12/10/2019 / 08:43

    We have been considering buying a dashcam as there seems to be more idiots on the roads

  67. Carole Nott
    13/10/2019 / 12:00

    I don’t have one and it would be so good to try this

  68. Glynis O'Halloran
    13/10/2019 / 12:55

    My daughter, who is the driver in our family, has been wanting a Dash Cam for a long time. I think it’s a good idea when I see some of the mad drivers on the roads.

  69. Christine Caple
    13/10/2019 / 21:17

    We don’t have one yet, and would love one.

  70. Nadia Josephine
    15/10/2019 / 10:20

    The other day I saw someone get a minor bump and I immediately thought “what if that had been me?” So I really am looking for a dash cam for my protection and peace of mind

  71. Claire Sen
    15/10/2019 / 12:12

    I’m looking to get one for my husband. The amount of times we’ve said ‘if only we had a dash cam’!
    I’m still learning how to drive (I have a lesson in half an hour actually!) and if/when I pass my test, the first thing I’ll be doing is getting a dash cam 🙂

  72. James Travis
    15/10/2019 / 12:41

    I haven’t but could do with getting one

  73. Sheri Darby
    15/10/2019 / 19:19

    It would be brilliant for my son to have one

  74. Emma
    15/10/2019 / 22:00

    Would love to have one would be great to have a first hand account of everything on the road

  75. Brenda Wilkes
    15/10/2019 / 22:39

    I don’t have one yet but it is something I was definitely thinking of buying. You can never be too safe!

  76. greig spencer
    16/10/2019 / 08:40

    I haven’t, but I’m thinking of getting one after reading this

  77. astrid c
    16/10/2019 / 17:36

    actually im thinking if i win this would be a pressie for the ex hub! x

  78. Troy Easton
    17/10/2019 / 17:07

    I am currently looking to get one

  79. Jodie W
    17/10/2019 / 19:56

    No i dont have one currently, my husband does though and thinks they are good

  80. CLAIRE WOODS
    18/10/2019 / 09:19

    I don’t have one but would like to get one.

  81. lorraine kirk
    18/10/2019 / 10:57

    We don’t have one but I’m interested in purchasing a dash cam

  82. Alice lightning
    18/10/2019 / 19:30

    Fabulous giveaway , so handy nowadays x

  83. Linda Ford
    19/10/2019 / 07:41

    I don’t currently have one but would like one, I can see the valuable benefits of having a dash camera.

  84. Lorna Lyons
    19/10/2019 / 08:31

    We don’t have a dash cam but are looking into getting one due to a recent accident I was in; dash cam footage would have shown the other driver was in the wrong and would have aided the insurance company rather than spending months taking statements from witnesses

  85. Victoria Easton
    19/10/2019 / 10:23

    Never had one, but I really think that we need one!

  86. Emma England
    19/10/2019 / 11:26

    I don’t not yet have a dash cam. I keep hearing about how important they are but I’ve yet to get one.

  87. Adrian Price
    19/10/2019 / 13:17

    at the moment i dont have a car–but once i buy a new one .will be investing in a dash cam

  88. Meryl Thomas
    19/10/2019 / 18:13

    I don’t have one but think it would be useful to have one

  89. Fiona Johnstone
    19/10/2019 / 19:52

    We don’t have one but my husband has wanted one for ages. This would be a great Christmas present.

  90. Dean T
    19/10/2019 / 22:45

    We don’t currently have a dash cam, like most the west midlands money is a bit tight here!

  91. A S,Edinburgh
    19/10/2019 / 23:06

    I don’t have one, and I really should; they’re incredibly helpful and reassuring.

  92. A.E. ADKINS
    19/10/2019 / 23:58

    i would find one a Dash Cam really useful

  93. sarah morris
    20/10/2019 / 07:08

    I don’t have one but would be perfect for my commute to work and back

  94. Geoff Hibbert
    20/10/2019 / 08:28

    I don’t have one but they’re an essential in today’s world

  95. Joanne Beale
    20/10/2019 / 08:43

    Have been looking at getting one because I am fed up with drivers tailgating me when I am doing the speed limit and then driving dangerously when overtaking me because they want me to go faster than the speed limit.

  96. Pam Francis Gregory
    20/10/2019 / 12:43

    Looking to get one

  97. Phil Boyle
    20/10/2019 / 14:25

    No & yes. ASAP.

  98. Samantha M
    20/10/2019 / 15:21

    I’m looking to get one – I’ve been wanting one for a while for peace of mind.

  99. Mrs Rachael Sexey
    20/10/2019 / 16:12

    This would be amazing for my in laws I worry about them a lot ❤

  100. Tracy B
    20/10/2019 / 17:15

    Don’t have one yet but seriously need to get one if only to record and upload some of the appallingly bad driving I witness on the roads, seems to be on the increase as well

  101. Hayley West
    20/10/2019 / 19:16

    I don’t have a dash cam yet but I am looking to get one.

  102. Heli L
    20/10/2019 / 20:19

    We don’t have a dash cam at the monent but we have been looking into getting one as we have witnessed so many crazy driving situations. It would definitely be useful to have one.

  103. Patricia Avery
    20/10/2019 / 21:31

    I have one in my car but looking to win for hubby to have one too

  104. Darren Bourne
    20/10/2019 / 22:30

    No we dont but want to get one because there are so many dangerous drivers on the road now.

  105. Joanne B
    20/10/2019 / 22:50

    I don’t have a dash cam but I have been considering one for a while.fab giveaway, thanks very much!

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