Last August, a video of a road rage incident made rounds on social media and earned thousands of views. The incident involved a tricycle driver and a truck driver. The tricycle driver allegedly overtook the truck and hit its side mirror. The truck driver got off to fix the side mirror, when the tricycle driver suddenly came back and hit the truck’s windshield, breaking its wipers, and then took his leave. The entire incident was caught on a dashboard camera installed in the truck.
A dashboard camera, also known as dash cam, is a camera that, as the name implies, is placed in the dashboard of the car to record everything that’s happening on the road. Think of it as a CCTV for your car. Most dash cams just need to be plugged into a power source, and will start to record as soon as your car starts. These cameras have built-in memory and run in a continuous loop. They record everything: mundane happenings, road rage, accidents, and even weird instances in the road.
Because of its usefulness, more drivers are installing dashboard cameras. However, is it really necessary to install a dashboard camera in your car?
According to reputed car enthusiast and journalist James Deakin, it is. He also said that installing dash cams should be made mandatory, as it is in Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan. In a blog post, he pointed out that “It is the simplest, most cost-effective way to protect yourself from the evil that lurks out on our roads.” Footage can be used as evidence when reporting other motorists violating traffic laws. He also says that people can save lots of time and money from court cases and settlements, insurance cases, and other matters by installing dash cams.
Just last year, a bill to legalize the installation of dash cams on public vehicles was filed, saying that in other countries such as the United States and Australia, 80 percent of car accidents are reduced due to installation of dashboard cameras. This bill will be known as the House Bill 6050, or the “Dashcam Act of 2015”.
Now that you know the benefits of having a dashboard camera, what do you need to look for in a dash cam for your car? Here is a check list:
- A large aperture feature. Larger apertures allow more light in, making for clearer videos, especially at night. Look for dash cams with apertures of 2.0 and below.
- G-force sensors. These sensors measure a car’s force of impact in the event of an accident.
- It can tell your location and speed when you’re driving. It can come in handy when you need to show the footage as an evidence when you get involved in an accident.
Aside from these benefits, dashboard cameras can also improve your mindfulness when on the road. Knowing every inch of your journey is being recorded makes for an exercise in caution that, over time, becomes second nature–essentially helping you become a better driver.
When push comes to shove, especially in car accidents, you can count on dashboard cameras–and car insurance. MAPFRE INSULAR provides comprehensive car insurance, repair, and towing services without the usual hassle of paperwork. To know more, visit www.mapfre.com.ph.