Get prepared whilst you’re on the road!
Have you suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault? Have you ever been subjected to a road rage incident? Even if the answer to either of these questions is no, potentially in the future, you could be, therefore investing in a camera in your vehicle could provide peace of mind as well as an accurate recording of any issues.
In addition, installing a camera in your car can save you money on your car insurance and provide you with the reassurance of having an irrefutable, independent third-party evidence should any incident occur and not rely on passers by to support your version of events. Camera installation is also recommended and positively encouraged by police as they claim it is an aid in supporting traffic prosecutions. Additionally, motoring scams such as ‘Crash for Cash’ can be thwarted by the use of in vehicle cameras.
There is a huge array of camera options available, so it can be difficult to decide which camera suits your needs best. One consideration is price, finding a camera that meets your needs and is financially viable for you is important. Camera costs differ widely with some being relatively cheap while others can be exceedingly expensive. Picture quality, like prices can vary, however, for some as long as the image captured is of an acceptable degree it will suffice. For others, who want a much crisper image and more available features such an automatic saving of a recording in the event of an accident, a more expensive model of camera will need to be purchased.
The permeations of different features available in cameras is extensive. For example, monitor size. This can vary, but it is just a question of preference over a larger v’s a smaller screen. Color images v’s black and white is another consideration, most prefer to have color but black and white versions are cheaper and their submission as evidence in the event of an accident or incident is not impacted by their lack of color. Other possible features available are to have Military grade night vision or the option to link any back up camera systems you may require.
The installation of the camera is simplistic and should not pose any difficulties. Some are mounted on the dashboard of the car, others suspended from the windscreen via suction cups, while some have velcro ties to the rear view mirror. As long as the camera does not obscure your driving view and is placed in such a way to maximise the view of the road in front, it should function perfectly.
In the event of an accident the memory card should be removed from the camera to ensure it can not be erased or recorded over. It is always prudent to purchase a second memory card to use in just such an incident, so you are protected for the rest of your journey after an accident.
The use of camera footage is perfectly legal, however, if you have the sound pick up option on your camera, it is courteous to inform any passengers of its presence and that it is automatically recording all aspects of conversations within the vehicle.