Should I Get a Dash Cam?

POV of a dash cam

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Your Facebook feed probably contains plenty of action-cam footage of everything from downhill skiers to walking the streets of the big city, but you rarely see someone post a video taken by a dash camera. However, the global market for these gadgets is rapidly growing and finding lots of new success in the United States.

Even though it’s not always exciting, dashcam footage is good to have because it protects you. Unlike a camera that’s intended to capture memories you want to relive, dash-cam footage is more of a document of what happened. You can submit it as proof in court.

The Best Protection Is Proof

Have you ever been in a car accident? Did you have several eyewitnesses come running to tell you about how much they’d like to work with your insurance company? Chances are that no, you didn’t. Accidents can happen anywhere at any time, regardless of who’s around to see them, and you can be left without any support in a case that was entirely not your fault.

Just such a situation is when a dash cam comes in handy. With the ability to call up footage of the incident, you have a much better case to make and could potentially avoid paying high insurance fees or even damages thanks to the proof provided in the footage you collected. It’s the kind of thing you hope you’ll never have to use, but in everyday driving the camera remains out of the way, unobtrusive, quietly monitoring and recording events.

If you’re a parent with a new driver behind the wheel, a dash cam is a great way to review their progress. You can see if they’re speeding, driving recklessly or even if they encounter something challenging so you can give them advice on how to navigate such situations in the future.

There Are Fun Reasons to Buy a Dash Cam, Too

On an off-chance, you might even record something truly impressive like the giant boulder one Russian driver captured blocking the road. What about that cross-country road trip you took last summer? Recounting the entire thing is impressive, but not nearly as detailed as being able to show your friends what you actually experienced on the road.

Great New Features

The latest generation of dash cams brings HD support, a small footprint, long-duration storage, and useful features like night vision or automatic accident recording. When the camera detects motion that feels like a collision, it automatically saves the footage of time leading up to and following the event. That way, you’re never left without the exact footage you need.

Best of all, prices for these handy gadgets have come way down in recent years. You can now purchase a quality dash cam for between $100 and $300, depending on how much storage you’d like and the types of features you want. That’s much less than you would pay for an action camera, so you shouldn’t spend your money on a GoPro if you’re planning to use it like a dash cam.

Should You Get a Dash Cam?

Now that you know a little bit more about how helpful these cameras can be, are you planning on getting one? What kind? Will you use it to record your adventures, check on your family or just as a preventive measure? Let us know in the comments section, and be sure to drive safely.