The 4 Most Important Reasons Why You Need a Dash Cam in 2020 (and What We’d Recommend This Year).
As a professional driver, a dash cam is a must-have accessory. Yet, for many drivers, it’s still in the category of ‘Oh, I need to get myself one of those soon’.
No, not soon. Immediately. We’re now in 2020, and dash cams are more readily available than ever before. And, with these 4 reasons, you’ve got no excuses not to fit one into your cab before your next outing.
But what exactly is a dash cam?
A dash cam is a device that records video (and often audio) footage and is designed for use in vehicles. Yes, they’re exactly as they sound. Cameras for your dashboard. However, as time goes on, they’re becoming more and more advanced. And this year is no different, with some able to protect footage and even detect impacts on your vehicle. Later in this blog, we’ll provide some examples of dashcams we believe you should consider installing in your cab.
But, before that, let’s get on with the 4 most important reasons you need one.
Video Footage of Accidents.
We all know that the road can be a dangerous place, and often the accidents that occur are unavoidable. Even the Batmobile would have trouble avoiding some of the drivers you’ll encounter out there.
With a dash cam fitted into your cab, you’ll have video evidence of any accidents that occur. Providing you’ve completed your driver CPC training, these accidents are unlikely to be the result of your driving. However, crashes and collisions can be traumatic, and cause drivers to miss-remember what happened. Luckily, having a dash cam in your truck will ensure you get the facts right this year.
However, worse of all is when fellow drivers try to pin the blame on you. It’s not uncommon for drivers to try and blame HGV and truck drivers for accidents that are their fault. After all, HGVs require specialist training to drive. And, on rare occasions, you will find those who drive these types of vehicles without the required skills and qualifications. But, by having a dash cam fitted into your cab, you’ll protect yourself against this, and make 2020 that little bit easier for yourself.
Capture Crash for Cash Frauds.
According to the RAC website, there is 3 main scenarios crash for cash fraudsters will try. The first, a staged incident, is where fraudsters will collide two of their cars together to simulate the effects of a real accident. The second, an induced incident, is where the fraudster will be the reason for the incident, such as slamming on the breaks for no reason, then claiming that the accident was someone else’s fault. The third, a ghost incident, is when the fraudsters will claim for an accident that never happened.
If your truck is fitted with a dash cam, you’ll have extra protection against crash for cash scams this year.
Vehicles of all shapes and sizes can fall victim to these crimes. And, if you’re transporting goods in a HGV when one of these fraudsters tries their luck, it may do more damage to your vehicle than theirs. So, the least you can do is ensure you have footage to back up your claim. This way the fraudsters won’t be able to scam you or your business out of any money.
Depending on the quality of the dash cam, you may also be able to capture footage of what’s happening either side or even behind your truck. This benefits not only yourself but the other drivers on the road. Meaning that if any crash for cash fraudsters try committing these acts to cars around you, you’ll capture that too. And one less of these scam artists on the road is a win in our book.
If you want to read more about these scams, click here to take you to the RAC website.
Help Reduce Your Insurance Rates.
On a personal note, a friend of mine recently purchased a dash cam. Because of this, it helped to reduce his insurance cost – by the price of the dashcam itself. Meaning that, in a way, he managed to bag himself a free dash cam. If this happened to him, who’s to say the same won’t happen to you?
Sadly, we’re not your insurance company. So, we can’t guarantee it will reduce your insurance rate. However, proving to your insurance provider that you now have a dash cam installed could help to reduce your rates this year.
Help Reporting Bad Driving.
We all hate bad drivers. How they got their license we don’t know, but they’re a danger not only to themselves but those around them. And the fewer bad drivers on the road, the better.
With a dash cam installed in your truck, you’ll capture footage of the bad drivers. Much like with the crash for cash scenario, you’ll have video evidence of bad driving. Assuming they’re in shot, you can then report this footage to the appropriate authorities. It may seem a bit harsh to some degree, but bad driving is a real problem. After all, bad driving is still the number 1 cause of road accidents in the UK.
We as drivers have a responsibility to keep the roads safe with our driving. If that means by reporting bad drivers, grab yourself a dash cam to help report them this year.
Here are a few recommendations from us here at Flexistaff.
- Nextbase 520w – This dash cam boasts a 140-degree viewing angle and a near-perfect score. With Alexa built-in and wi-fi capabilities, it’s no surprise that this is the one my friend has.
- SSONTONG – The cheaper alternative, but with 4.5 stars, it’s not lacking in features. Night vision, g-sensor, and loop recording are all included in this model.
APEMAN – With front and rear-view cameras, this dash cam won’t break the bank, but will provide you with 1080p footage. With over 2,000 reviews averaging at 4.5 stars, you can’t go wrong with an APEMAN dash cam this year.
There you have it, the 4 most important reasons why you need a dash cam in 2020.
Think we’ve missed anything? Or perhaps you have a recommendation? Let us know in the comments section below this blog! If you want to check out more of our blogs about trucking, click here. Or, for more information on driver CPC and how to get yours, visit our CPC page.
Thanks for reading. Stay safe out there, and we’ll see you on the next one.