A dashcam, also known as a drive recorder or witness camera is an onboard camera that is mounted on the windscreen or on the dashboard. The dashcam continuously records short clips of the road ahead on a constant loop and, if you have an accident, you can save the clip.
Most dashcams have a G sensor. This is a built in sensor that detects impacts or cornering force. In many devices this footage is separately stored and not overwritten by more video footage.
Some dashcams can be bought online and use power from the lighter socket. These are easy to attach to your windscreen but have the disadvantage of wires hanging down. With these the driver has to remember to switch the device on. Others can be hardwired by a professional to the vehicle, making an overall neater appearance. These dashcams are wired up to the ignition and start automatically when the ignition is turned on. Typically the camera can still be removed without affecting the wiring.
Some dashcams record while the car is switched off, providing evidence if your car is vandalised.
Mostly the video footage is stored on a memory card. Once you have uploaded the devices software onto your computer it’s straightforward to view the files and save anything of particular interest to your own computer files.
Over 4 million people protect themselves with a dashcam in an effort to hold dangerous drivers to account. Video footage can be supplied to insurers and emergency services in the event of a collision. Dash cams are particularly useful for professional drivers who spend all day on the road with more chance of being involved in an incident. For the rest of us, aside from the advantage of being able to prove who was liable in a crash, it is also possible to get an insurance discount from some insurers.
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