Dash cam technology is becoming more and more common on British roads. Whether it’s because drivers want to protect themselves from fraudulent insurance claims in the event of an accident, or because they want to have a shot at catching a viral road incident like the skidding bus driver in Edinburgh, the market has responded and there are a plethora of options available to suit every budget. Nextbase 312GW Deluxe I tested two from car technology maker Next Base. The first, lower-spec model is the 312GW Deluxe. With a full HD 1080p capture wide-angle lens it records a good view of the road ahead when mounted properly and is easy to mount. With only six buttons – clearly marked – it is a relatively simple interface, although the simple button layout means a fairly complex series of sub-menus must be navigated to access some of the camera’s more advanced features. Removing the camera from its mount is simple thanks to a slide-and-clip mechanism and, once … [Read more...] about Dash cam review: Nextbase 312GW Deluxe and Nextbase 412GW Professional
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Using a dash cam to record the view of the road and traffic ahead can help reduce your insurance premium. Picture: pe3check/123RF pe3check/123RF Will having a dash cam fitted to your car protect you in the event of an accident? Could it lower your insurance premiums? Will it damage your battery? All these questions answered and more. Dash cams are usually sited fixed high up on the windscreen, behind the rear-view mirror. Picture: PA Dashcam usage in the UK is at an all-time high – sales of these pocket-sized movie-makers have surged by 600pc in the last three years, according to retail analyst GfK, as they become cheaper, smaller and easier to use. It’s believed around three million motorists in the UK now use a dash cam. Road safety expert Sandra MacDonald-Ames, writing in Good Motoring – the quarterly magazine for GEM Motoring Assist members, said: “Dash cam devices have been popular in the commercial sectors for fleets of vans and lorries, along with … [Read more...] about Dash cams – putting you in the picture
If you’re lucky, you’ve probably never been in a serious road accident, or even one in which the driver (you or otherwise) has found it difficult to recall what was in front or behind them on the road. This is where a dash cam would have come in very handy; specifically, for the settling of insurance disputes and claims. In short, dash cams are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most useful bits of in-car technology kit available to buy. Yes, you may well be thoroughly careful and cautious behind the wheel, but the cliché’s a cliché for a reason – accidents can happen. And an installed dash cam could prove critical in resolving a claim fairly; without objective evidence. So, what is a dash cam? Simply put, it’s an in-car camera system that records any vehicle journey via video and audio. Indeed, many insurance companies have woken up to the device’s capabilities and, thus, its reliability by accepting the evidence that can be … [Read more...] about Clearing up post-accident disputes: the benefits of dash cams
The number of British motorists fitting dash cams to their cars has soared in recent years as drivers look to protect themselves against insurance scams and improve their driving. According to data from retail analyst GfK, sales of the in-car cameras have soared by 600 per cent in the last three years and further research by Halfords has found 16 per cent of drivers now use a dash cam. A third (32 per cent) of those questioned by the motoring retailer said that fitting a dash cam made them feel safer. More than a quarter (28 per cent) also believed that having one would improve their driving performance. Insurance claims Nearly a third (29 per cent) of drivers said their main reason for fitted one was to keep their insurance costs down. Crash-for-cash insurance scams, where drivers deliberately cause accidents to make injury claims, have made headlines in recent years. According to industry data, as many as one in 10 personal injury claims is linked to suspected scams and the … [Read more...] about Dash cam usage soars as drivers battle insurance fraud
a decent dash cam is relatively inexpensive, but what is a dash cam used for, and should you spend the money on one? To answer that question, let's examine the purpose of dash cams, and then dive into the considerations surrounding your decision.GPS, which can be used to determine vehicle speed, and some come with accelerometers which can sense a crash and preserve the footage taken just before the accident.Almost every dash cam will record as soon as it gets power — so, when the car turns on, and the cam is plugged into ignition-controlled power, it's recording. Beyond that, there are a huge number of variations. Some have LCD screens built in, so you can review the footage without having to plug the unit or memory card into a computer.Most have built-in flash storage, and many are expandable. When the storage runs out, the camera just overwrites the existing data. That's fine; no one needs to see you run errands a few days before an accident occurs. If there's footage you'd … [Read more...] about Should you buy a dash cam?