Dash cameras are not as popular in Western Europe as they are in Russia. In fact, the majority of the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite videos in 2013 were filmed with dash cameras.
Nonetheless, there are more benefits to dash cameras than filming strange occurrences on the road. While young drivers get a black box to track their driving and lower their insurance costs, the really smart drivers, on the other hand, get dashboard cameras.
With a growing concern for insurance fraud and uninsured drivers on the road, people are becoming more careful when it comes to the actions of other road users. The number of drivers running away from accidents is increasing, leaving you with a crashed car and not only nobody to blame, but your no-claims bonus and low insurance premiums in tatters.
So what’s a dashboard camera?
It is a small video recorder, which clips to the front window of a car or a van. These cameras vary in their specs, but primarily they function in the same way that any CCTV camera does, by recording and storing data.
While there are a host of cheap and simple dashboard cameras available on the market, companies like In Car Connections, sell advanced dashboard cameras that react to motion and sudden breaking.
While dash cams can be an expense, it is surely a worthy investment. Dash cameras record everything on the road, so if you get hit by a dangerous driver, there is no need to extensively argue to prove the true cause of the crash and pay the associated court fees. In addition, dash cameras can help other road users. While a lot of accidents go unreported, and numerous dangerous drivers escape fines, your video footage can help innocent drivers to find whoever injured them or damaged their vehicles.
Moreover, a lot of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are captured by dashboard cameras. While cyclists involved in road accidents may not be quick-thinking enough make a note of a car’s registration, you can surely help them out, by providing them with information or even the footage of their accident.
Prevent insurance fraud
Getting involved in a pedestrian accident is probably one of the worst fears of any driver. However, not all of those accidents are the fault of the driver. There are people crazy enough to run out into traffic to get hit by a driver in order to receive compensation.