Car Dash Cam Devices: The Ultimate Guide
Vehicle Tracking / Tuesday 17th April
With the explosion of the vehicle tracker industry, in-vehicle technology has boomed over the last few years. The introduction of the car dash cam in vehicles has been a key player in these developments, improving the accuracy of insurance claims by making a video (and sometimes audio) recording of a driver’s journey. For fleet managers and private car owners, camera technology has provided a variety of benefits, saving them money and providing vital evidence should an accident occur. By keeping an accurate visual record, it can give drivers and businesses peace of mind they have concrete proof of events at hand should they need it. Here’s our expert guide to dash cam technology and why you should consider investing in it.
The Importance of a Car Dash Cam
Forward Facing Camera
When you install a dash cam, the main function is to record the view out of the front of your vehicle. The reason for this is to provide a visual log of a driver’s actions as they saw it, giving clear footage of what was visible from their viewpoint. The camera also captures the behaviour of the vehicles in front of you. Front facing dash cams may capture a variety of incidents including:
- Unsafe & illegal driving
- Road conditions
- Other activity around your vehicle including vandalism and other incidents which you may want to report to the police
You can also get cameras for rear view mirrors (which are great for capturing rear-end collisions), and you can even install in-cab video monitoring if this is required as part of your fleet management and business vehicle tracking plans. This helps to monitor driver behaviour if operating a service such as a taxi company.
Preventing Hit & Runs
The popularity of camera technology means that there is more public awareness of the presence of dash cams. Not only can this deter violent conduct between drivers, but can even help in preventing hit and runs. With greater awareness of being filmed on the roads, it may help to improve other drivers’ behaviour if they know their actions are being recorded. However, if you were unlucky enough to be involved in a hit and run accident while present in the vehicle, dash cams are ideal for presenting your case to the police, who can find out who the driver was if you’ve captured their number plate. You can also get cameras which start recording if they detect an impact, so you can even collect evidence when your vehicle is stationary and you’re not present at the scene.
Proof of Fault
Accidents on the road can happen very fast, so it’s often the case that you’ll miss what’s happened. This can cause conflict and disagreements after a collision, especially if there is damage caused to one or more of the vehicles involved. With clear footage recorded on a camera, if you were involved in an incident which wasn’t your fault, it could provide the objective proof you need to show who was liable, settling any dispute quickly. This can reduce stress, time spent arguing your case and legal costs involved. Tackling crime is another benefit of dash cams, providing evidence if you suspect you’ve been part of a ‘crash for cash’ scam, helping your chances of securing compensation, as well as preventing it from happening to others.
Reducing Insurance Premiums
With accurate footage recorded on vehicle cameras, some insurance providers look favourably on the installation and may lower your premiums as a result, saving you money. Some insurers state that you may even be able to save up to 20% off your annual insurance cost! However, while some car insurance policies accept car dash cam evidence when making a claim, always check with your insurance provider what’s required for any claims to be valid. For example, an insurer may require any devices to be installed by a professional, and they may have a list of acceptable brands or manufacturers you can use. The same can be said for those hoping to lower their insurance premiums by installing other types of car tracking device or GPS live systems which have been integrated with vehicle telematics to monitor driver behaviour. You should also ask them about any other benefits available, including protection for your no claims discount should you capture footage which proves for certain you weren’t at fault.
It’s possible to purchase camera technology for your vehicles as part of installing a vehicle tracking system. In fact, some dash cams even act as a GPS tracking device, pinpointing the exact location of a vehicle without having to purchase a separate system. This can be handy in the event of a breakdown, for example, locating the exact spot your vehicle is located in. If requiring more advanced features as part of a fleet management live system, including integration with other mechanisms in the vehicle and other forms of advanced data collection, it’s important to speak to an expert to see if you can identify a dual-system which carries both dash cam and tracking device capabilities.
What Are the Different Types of Camera?
Dash cams do what they say on the tin – providing a camera which is mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard! As well as the differences in viewpoints (front, rear and in-vehicle footage), there are also differences in installation types, including hardwired devices or plug and play options which can be easily removed from the vehicle. There are some key differences in the way footage can be collected and stored. Data collection types include:
- Cloud based: Cloud-based footage is collected and stored in a secure account online, creating a backup and often combining with vehicle tracking device data. You may also be able to use video play back technology from videos stored on both your phone or tablet. That said, regular backup may rely on having an good internet-connection from your vehicle.
- Memory card: Many dash cams require the insertion of an SD memory card to store the footage recorded by the camera, and this can removed from the device and uploaded. Advantages include ease of removing the footage from the camera and their compatibility with PCs, but it means you’ll need memory left on the card to continue recording and if the SD card is lost or damaged before uploading elsewhere, data may be lost forever.
- Live feed: Ideal for fitting in a fleet of vehicles, dash cams which are part of GPS tracker software can also provide live footage for the office, as well as for fleet managers on the move via a vehicle tracking app. This helps to provide more real-time monitoring capabilities, including assessing and improving driver behaviour. It’s the perfect solution for commercial vehicles, ensuring drivers can’t tamper with footage and providing a live link-up whenever required. This type of data recording can often be combined with cloud-based functions.
Getting a Dash Cam Alongside Fleet Management Software
If looking to get a GPS tracker for car dash cams as well as integration with other features in your vehicle, comparison experts at the VTC can help you identify the best car tracking device for your business needs. This may be small tracking devices linked to camera technology or even car tracking device UK software installed within the camera. Whether you need a motorcycle tracker or cameras embedded within an entire fleet of van trackers, we have the expertise to find the best option for your fleet. This eliminates the need for you to spend hours of time gathering information which may not be the best deal on the market for you. Tracking systems are the ideal way to increase productivity in your fleet with journey planning and routing options becoming the norm in this cost-saving technology. It’s also possible to hardwire the devices into each vehicle, collecting advanced information such as speeding, fuel usage and even engine idling times. The software has been used to improve fleet operations across the country, meaning companies must evolve if they want to keep up with their competitors. Those who have taken the leap and invested in tracking technology, have found the cost-efficiency benefits reward them with an impressive ROI. We provide a customised service, considering your needs, business setup, types of vehicle and goals for your fleet technology and software. This may include:
- Products from trusted manufacturers who deliver on their promises time and time again
- Advanced fleet tracking software combined with dash cam technology
- Vehicle cameras which produce high-quality footage for both in-cab driver behaviour monitoring and front facing views
- Immediate-upload capabilities to record events and provide footage for insurance claims
- Accurate GPS tracking to locate any of your vehicles at any time
One of our experts will take you through your options step by step, making sure we’ve identified trackers which meet all your needs. It’s the easiest, hassle-free way to find the right system for your business. Ask for a free consultation and quotation today, selecting a car dash cam as one of your preferences. Start your vehicle tracking journey now.
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