Dashboard cameras—have you seen them in cars? Cameras mounted to the dashboard are not just in police cars anymore. A camera that records sounds and images both outside and inside your car can have several benefits, including:
- Proof of an accident. A video record can help prove you were not responsible for an accident or traffic violation. It can also help expedite a claim with your insurance company.
- Extra set of eyes. Some dash cams continue to record when your car is not in use, like when parked, providing the ability to capture hit-and-runs or break-ins.
- Improve your driving. Driving videos can be used to review your driving skills. Some dash cams also have built-in safety warnings like if your car is too close to the vehicle in front of you or if your car starts to drift out of its lane.
- Monitor teen driving. Parents can view how their teen is driving and see who else is in the car. Dash cams with GPS can also track when and where they were driving.
- Road trip memories. Since the camera will be recording, quick and unexpected moments can be captured safely without reaching for a phone or being distracted while driving. These can be shared or downloaded to another device.
The cost of a dashboard camera can range from $25 to $250, depending on the features included. However, it may pay for itself after using it to fight a ticket or get reimbursed for your auto insurance deductible. Installing a dash cam typically involves applying the camera’s suction cup to a window or the dashboard—just don’t place it in a spot that obstructs the driver’s view.