Should Dash Cams Be Compulsory?

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By Lewis Kemp
Marketing Trainee

Dash cams are becoming more and more popular as they provide solid proof of an event, it is now common practice for police to appeal for dash cam footage after an accident to help determine the cause.

It is estimated that there are around 840,000 dash cams (including helmet mounted cameras) on the roads in the UK. Since 2015 there has been a massive increase in there sales as there has been a 395% increase. Globally it is estimated that the market for them will triple by the year 2022.

So what are dash cams?

Dash cams are small cameras which you typically fix to your dashboard or windscreen and record the road ahead. Images are saved onto an internal memory card a budget dash cam with a 32GB memory will allow you to film up to a 4 hour trip.

The basic units come with instant playback in most instances, some of the higher priced models record data such as; speed, location and g-force, this helps to build solid evidence. In regards to powering your dash cam this can be done in one of two ways; a 12 volt socket or your vehicles fuse box.

Dash cams vary in price with the cheapest being around £30 and the dearest being up to £300, the main feature to look for is video quality as being able to identify the number plate is vital.

I believe that dash cams will definitely benefit anyone using them as insurance companies such as AXA are offering a 10% to anyone with a dash cam. Drivers also believe they drive more careful when they have a dash cam as their driving is being recorded. It is definitely worth purchasing as it could save you a great amount of money in the future; I believe that in the very near future all cars will come with a dash cam as standard.

Connect can offer you insurance regardless of you owning a dash cam. If you are interested in getting insurance with us, speak to one of our helpful staff who can advise you on any of our policies on 01782 280280 or complete one of our Online Quote Forms.

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