The Rise of Dashboard Cameras in Australia
Have you ever been in an Uber, Ola or Taxi and noticed the red light coming off a device suction capped to the window? Believe it or not, you aren’t alone in wondering. Dashboard mounted cameras (Dash Cams) are an ever-growing trend in Australia and whilst they have been around for a few years, the numbers are only increasing.
What is the purpose of a Dash Cam?
Dash Cams can be a very useful tool to help protect you, your family, innocent members of the public and the police in the instance of a road related incident. Dash Cams provide unbiased evidence and clear proof of an event that has taken place. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a crash, the footage from your Dash Cam can be used as evidence should a dispute arise between your insurance company or the other parties involved. Research shows that your memory of what happened in a crash can begin to alter itself in as little as 20 minutes, so the use of the footage makes it easier to make a claim and speed up the time it takes to approve it.
Can Dash Cams Reduce Your Insurance Rate?
At this point in time, Dash Cams will not actually get you a cheaper insurance rate. According to AAMI, in 2015 at least 13% of drivers in Australia were using a Dash Cam. With the increased popularity of such sites like Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook Page, who at time of writing this article had 751,548 subscribers of Facebook, you can only guess that in 2019 the rates of usage would have increased, therefore giving a bigger push to insurance companies to factor this in when purchasing a policy.
Choosing a Dash Cam:
If owning a Dash Cam is something of interest to you, then you are in luck, because there is a large variety to choose from. Depending on your budget, whether you want a front facing only or front and rear recordings, GPS tracking, resolution, storage… ok, so there are a few things to consider when looking at a Dash Cam.
Depending on your budget, you can purchase a front-facing dash cam from $50 or if you are after one with all the bells and whistles, you can expect to pay around $500+. One thing to consider is that cheaper may not necessarily mean better when it comes to a camera.
Most Dash Cams for sale are usually 1080p in resolution and will do the job. If you are looking to spend a bit more then you can get yourself some with higher resolutions, sound recording and a better camera lens. One thing to remember is the memory card in your Dash Cam. When purchasing your camera, make sure you check to see if it comes with an SD card. The size of SD card you purchase is vital to how much video you can store, in this instance, bigger is better. Just make sure the SD card you purchase is compatible with your choice of camera.
Ok, so you’ve don’t your research, you’ve purchased your Dash Cam, how do you install it? The below video provides you with a basic guide, although you might feel more comfortable having an Auto Electrician do this part for you.
Fun Fact, some vehicles are now being produced with factory fitted dash cams. French car maker Citroen announced in March 2018 that a built-in camera would be available on the Citroen C3 hatchback for $600