AROUND one in five motorists use a dash cam each time they drive their car, according to a recent survey. And it could be making driving conditions safer, with Brits now more accountable for their actions than ever before. Conducted by webuyanycar.com, the study found an increasing number of motorists are now relying on dash cam technology to protect themselves and to monitor other road users. And it could be making motorists think twice about how they drive, with a recent freedom of information request revealing the Metropolitan Police have seen a seven per cent drop in the number of motor collisions each year. Approximately 397 fewer collisions were recorded each month from March 2017-March 2018 than the previous year. Data from the Met Police also revealed a dramatic reduction in Traffic Offence Reports and Fixed Penalty Notices in the past 12 months, dropping by a staggering 30 per cent. Of the drivers who have a dash cam fitted in their car, more than 60 per cent have recorded a … [Read more...] about Are dash cams making our roads safer? Crash figures drop with around 20 per cent of motorists now recording every time they drive
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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
Price: £99 What is it? One of a new range of own-brand dash cams from motoring retailer Halfords. The HDC300 sits above the HDC100 and 200 and, astonishingly, below the HDC400. The HDC300 features a wide 150-degree lens and records at full HD resolution and 30 frames per second – like a proper video camera. It’s also got a three-inch viewing screen that can, vitally, be deactivated while you’re driving. All the models in the range feature auto start/stop recording on a loop, audio recording, shock sensor-activated protection that locks a file if an abrupt stop is detected, and wifi for connecting to a phone app. The 300 also features GPS, a eight megapixel still camera capability and parking mode that acts like a forward parking sensor. It can also be paired with the HCD-R, which is designed to work in tandem as a rear-facing camera. What’s it like? Pretty good. The unit itself is very light but it and the mount are quite bulky compared with some other … [Read more...] about Halfords HDC300 dash cam review
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?