Why Everyone needs A Dash Cam!
What Exactly is a Dash Cam?
Once reserved for police vehicles, Dashcams, or dashboard cameras, are being installed by more and more civilian drivers. They can be mounted to your vehicle’s dashboard. A dash cam can capture the incident and provide vital information on who was involved and can be used as a tool in assigning fault for an accident. Without video footage, it'll be difficult to determine who was at fault in an accident. Sometimes you'll find some videos on social media showing both funny and harrowing traffic incidents, natural disasters, and even capturing curious wildlife.
These compact cameras record both video and audio from a first-person perspective (in a continuous loop). While many dash cams have a small LCD screen to ensure the camera is lined up properly, most users will pop out the memory card to view footage on a computer or television (or stream to an app over Wi-Fi).
3 Reasons you need to Install a Dash Cam ASAP
1.Most the accidents are caused by human error.
None of us ever want to be in a car accident.
Unfortunately, the human error means we are all capable of being in a bingle which can be an expensive exercise if you were at fault.
Take this scenario: You’re in the righthand lane on the highway. Another vehicle is merging from the on-ramp but doesn’t yield to you, resulting in your vehicle rear-ending their vehicle. In most similar situations, the driver who’s in the back is assumed at fault. With dashcam footage of the accident, you can prove that the other driver did not yield as is required.
Essentially, the dashcam is the best proof to defend yourself in court or when disputing an insurance claim. It will save you a lot of time and stress.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, just before crashes occur,
36% of drivers cross intersections improperly
33% fail to stay in the correct lane or run off the road
12% stop in the road
And 9% lose control of their vehicle.
Whether it’s due to distraction, intoxication, fatigue, road rage, or inexperience, the drivers around you are by far the greatest threat to your road safety (and insurance rates!)
2. Monitor what's going on when the car is parked
Dash cams can also help keep an eye on your unattended vehicle since most dash cameras have an option to record even when the vehicle is not turned on. This can help prevent vandalism, or provide you footage of vandalism, theft or hit and run incidents to prove the incident to the insurance company and to help local law enforcement find the culprit.
We have listed a few benefits you can get from buying a dash cam with parking mode video clips below.
·If someone hits your car door.
·Protects against theft and attempted vandalism.
·If someone does a hit and run on your car while it's parked.
·If you are given an undeserved parking ticket.
3.Prevent Auto Insurance Fraud from happening!
We’ve all seen dash cam videos of people hurdling their entire body onto a incoming car. Many fraudsters attempt this stunt to collect insurance money. Unfortunately despite the efforts of safety technology, insurance fraud continues to be on the rise. The FBI estimates non-medical insurance fraud to be at least $40 billion every year.
Fortunately, this can be avoided by having a dash cam running in your vehicle. Whether it is a hit-and-run or a “staged” accident, fight fraud with evidence gathered with your dash cam.
Key Features to Look For when you considering buying a Dash Cam
HD (High Definition)
The better quality of image that your camera can capture, the more detail it will pick up as it records, and this can prove invaluable should you need to call on it as video evidence. While all cameras will record footage that makes it possible to see the road ahead of you and the cars on it, HD video will enable you to capture number plates and other details that can make all the difference when proving your innocence in the case of an incident.
All cameras built specifically for in-car use have what is known as loop recording functionality. This means that the camera will record until its memory card is full, and then begin to record new videos over the oldest files. This means that uneventful video clips don't clog up memory space which allows the camera to continue recording for significant periods of time without the need to clear old files from the memory card.
Some models, such as the Toguard dashcam, enable loop recording to be turned off meaning the camera will simply record until the card is full. This can be useful in cases where you wish to retain all the footage, such as track days and scenic drives.
By incorporating GPS, otherwise known as a Global Positioning System, into a car camera enables the unit to measure your precise location and speed of travel. This information, when combined with the video captured, can paint a more complete picture of the events leading up to any incident.
GPS uses satellites to pinpoint your position and as such can be affected by your environment and the positioning of your camera.
This useful function offers protection while you're away from your car. Not only from collisions with other drivers who may bump into your vehicle and leave the scene but also discourage people who may be looking to break into or steal your car. Most dash cams with this feature will automatically engage parking mode when they detect that the ignition has been turned off or that the vehicle has been stationary for a predetermined period of time. To save on memory and power consumption the camera will usually engage a motion detection function and only record video when it detects movement, such as a car or a pedestrian passing within its field of view. Luckily, Toguard camera comes equipped with a parking monitor feature for almost every model, you should never worry about your car when it is out of your sight.
Rearview of the vehicle
When you’re driving along in inclement weather, or the back of your vehicle is stacked with baggage, visibility from your rear mirror can be dangerously reduced. Dashcams equipped with rear view cameras offer an ingenious solution to this problem.These brilliant devices attach to your existing rear view mirror to give you a clear digital display of what’s going on behind you. They also help you to see the road of the back and back up the car.
Dashcams typically cost between $50 and $150. Depending on the model and your car, you may also want to pay an electronics store to install the dashcam for you. Toguard dashcam provides professional online services to help you install the camera fast and easily, saves more time for you from driving the car back and forth to the mechanic store, and saves the money from the extra installing fee!
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