For many people, dashcams are just a source of online hilarity as they watch the antics of bad drivers, dangerous near-misses, and sometimes even scammers looking to make a quick quid by throwing themselves onto a bonnet.
All this can be entertaining to watch, but dashcams are actually serious and useful tools for a safer overall driving experience. They can provide an important record of accidents, road rage incidents and other happenings that you may later rely on to prove the truth of what happened. There are drawbacks to getting a dashcam, but also some serious benefits. Let’s take a quick look, first of all at the benefits:
The growing trend is for automakers to install factory-fitted dashcams. These, like those you can currently find in the Citroen C3 Supermini and C5 Aircross, would remove the need for an additional purchase, and are more naturally integrated into the dash layout. BMW is also now adding in factory-fitted dashcams on some of its models, and already offers a dealer-fitted dashcam on the Mini (retails at around £475).
Yes. Whatever the initial expense, you are installing a piece of equipment that can provide you with a practical line of defence against fraud, unfair accident judgments and more. The additional benefit of helping to keep more drivers within the rules of the road is also something that benefits you whether you have a dashcam or not.
In the end, a dashcam is a worthwhile investment, but if you are patient you may be able to get one as standard on your next car purchase or lease.