Are Dash Cams worth it?

Are Dash Cams worth it?

More drivers are choosing to install Dash Cams for peace of mind on the roads. But if you’ve never used one of these cameras before, you might be wondering — what is the benefit of a Dash Cam and are they really worth it?

Dash Cams are becoming more advanced, giving drivers the chance to benefit from a range of safety features, as well as GPS capabilities and some of the highest resolution recordings to capture every detail, from registration plates to road signs. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of Dash Cams and why more drivers are installing them below. 

Dash Cam benefits

So, are Dash Cams worth it? They’re becoming more popular with drivers around the world, and for good reason:

Evidence in the event of an accident

One of the biggest draws for drivers is that Dash Cams can provide evidence in the event of an accident. This can be helpful for a few reasons. If you’re involved in an incident that requires emergency services, you will have evidence to show them exactly what happened, as well as the registrations of other cars involved. This means police can track down those at fault should they need to press charges.

Having evidence of an accident can also determine who was in the wrong. This can be helpful for your insurer and speed up the claims process.

Reduces insurance premiums

Another benefit of a Dash Cam is that Insurance companies are beginning to offer lower premiums to those with one of these devices installed. This is because having a dash can reduce the risk of fraudulent claims being made against you, and provides evidence if legitimate claims are made. Installing a Dash Cam could mean paying less for car insurance each year.

Fraud protection

Staged accidents and exaggerated insurance claims can happen, so you must protect yourself as best as possible. You can do this by installing a Dash Cam. This way, you’re less likely to be targeted as criminals will see the dash cam as a deterrent, and you can provide evidence of the situation if you think the claim is exaggerated.

Monitors driver behaviour

This is essential if you’re managing a fleet of vehicles. Installing a Dash Cam, whether front or rear-facing, or both, means drivers are more likely to drive safely.

Our iQ Dash Cam features Guardian Mode. This allows you to control your car remotely, which can be helpful if your mechanic, friend or family member is driving too fast. It also allows you to talk directly through the Dash Cam, for your peace of mind.

Reduces road rage incidents

Another benefit of a Dash Cam is that it can reduce the amount of road rage incidents on the road. When other drivers see a dash cam, they’re less likely to act out and react aggressively. Dash cams can help to promote safer interactions on the road. 

Choosing a Dash Cam

There are a range of Dash Cams on the market, so if you think you’d benefit from installing a model, you’ll need to consider which would suit you best. At Nextbase, we have a range of dash cams from affordable, entry-level models to smart dash cams with high-spec technology.

Entry-level Dash Cams

Our entry-level models include the 122 and 222 Dash Cams. They’re affordable, under £100 and would be a great option for learner drivers or those looking for a budget option to capture clear, stable footage. Both Dash Cams come with Parking Mode, so your dash cam will record if it feels a bump when parked.

Both the 122 and 222 Dash Cams can be set up and installed easily with the Click&Go PRO mount.

Mid-level dash cams

Our mid-level Dash Cams include 322GW, 422GW, 522GW, and 622GW. These dash cams provide drivers with the highest-resolution recordings including 2K and 4K options. These dash cams have a range of features including wifi connectivity so you can share footage easily, Emergency SOS for help when you need it most, Alexa for hands-free control and Parking Mode — to name a few.

Smart Dash Cams

The Nextbase Smart iQ Dash Cam is the world’s first truly smart Dash Cam. With a range of features that make this model stand out from the rest, the iQ allows drivers to see what their car sees, remotely. It also boasts features like Smart Sense Parking, Witness Mode and Emergency SOS. It has built-in AI, making it the smartest dash cam on the market, for enhanced safety on the road.

Drivers can choose from a range of image resolutions with this Dash Cam, including 1K, 2K and 4K, and benefit from 3 views including cabin and rear. 

Benefits of Dash Cams FAQs

Thinking about installing a Dash Cam? You’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below:

How do I choose a Dash Cam?

If you’re looking for a Dash Cam to suit you, there are a few factors to consider. Think about your budget, as this will narrow down your options. You should also consider the features you’d find most useful, for example, if you frequently drive off the beaten track, would you benefit from What3Words or GPS?

You should also explore the various image resolutions. Entry-level Dash Cams can still provide clear imagery, but if you’d prefer a stable recording with no blur, choose a dash cam with a higher resolution and image stability.

Are Dash Cams legal?

Yes, Dash Cams are legal in the UK and the US, but there are a few things to consider. You must ensure they’re attached to a part of the windscreen that doesn’t block your view. If a Dash Cam is used in a taxi, drivers must let their passengers know that they’re being recorded, and any sound recording features must be turned off.

Can fleet cars benefit from Dash Cams?

Yes! Fleet managers should consider installing Dash Cams in their vehicles, whether that’s taxis, private cars, or business vehicles. Companies can reduce the risk of their cars being involved in accidents as dash cams deter poor driving. Rear-facing and cabin modules used alongside fleet dash cams make drivers feel safer — especially when driving with others in the car.

How much do Dash Cams cost?

This depends on the type of Dash Cam you choose and its features. There are entry-level dash cams that cost under £100 that will still provide you with good-quality footage in the event of an incident. At the other end of the scale, Smart dash cams like the Nextbase iQ model with advanced tech can cost up to £350.

Can Dash Cam footage be used as evidence?

Yes, this is one of the main benefits of a Dash Cam. If you are involved in an accident, or witness an incident, your dash cam will capture footage that you can use as evidence should you need to. It can help determine who was at fault and means claims can be resolved more quickly. 

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