Drivers are being urged by police to install a dash camera in their cars in an effort to stem bad behaviour on the road and capture the worst of it on video.
The police warning comes amid a call to shame the most of reckless drivers, which can be recorded with the help of the motoring public who in turn can benefit from installing a device.
Placing a dash cam in your car – often on the dash or around the windscreen – can reduce your insurance premium and leaves you with evidence that can be relied upon in court should you be involved in an accident.
The popularity of the recording devices is widely on the increase as motorists aim to put a halt to bad driving while also covering their backs against a developing trend of scamming members of the public through crashing – otherwise known as ‘crash for cash’.
The devices can be bought for as little as £80, enabling drivers to capture footage of the most reckless driving, which can be sent to police to help catch the worst drivers, also protecting yourself against potential ‘crash for cash’ scams.
In November 2013 we put two dash cams up against each other in a product mini-test. The NextBase InCarCam 402G Professional came up trumps, impressing enough to gain five stars out of five. The 2.7-inch widescreen and slick feel gave the unit, which can be bought at nextbase.co.uk for £199.99, a long-lasting impression.
Coming second in the same test was the Mio MiVue 388, which despite its second place still gained four stars out of five. Though smaller than the NextBase, the Mio still functioned as a dash cam and as a bonus, came with European speed camera alerts and an 8GB micro SD card. This can be bought at www.mio.com for the same price.
A full dash cam group test, featuring eight products, is due to be published in Auto Express on 29 January, 2014.