Dash Cams – Why Should You Have One?

Most Canadian drivers are a rare breed. We can dodge potholes like Superman dodges bullets. We stop for pedestrians if they look like they might be thinking of crossing the road. We can be the first person to a four-way stop and gladly let everyone else go. Hopefully these are signs of us being good neighbours.

Unfortunately, there are more people on the roads than us courteous drivers. Some of them are out to make a quick buck. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a dash cam. First, let’s talk about what a dash cam is, if you don’t know.

Dash Cam Mounted

A dash cam is a camera that you can mount on your dashboard or windshield in your car. They’ll record pretty much everything you can see out your front window, as you drive. Dash cams record the video to electronic storage cards, called SD or microSD cards. Many dash cams allow you to view the recorded video right on it. If not, you can take the SD card and put it in your computer to view it.

Screen Capture from Provida Dash Cam

Let’s talk about why having a dash cam is a good idea. Did you know that there are people who will wave you on, and then run into you? Then they claim that you didn’t give them the right of way. Then they sue. In the con man game, it’s known as Crash for Cash. Yes, this happens. Even in Canada.

You might think, “That’ll never happen to me.” How about a deer hitting you? How about getting a ticket for something you know you didn’t do? How about someone trying to open your doors at the mall? Those are all great reasons to have a dash cam. On a positive note, you just might catch video of something exciting like a pie-bald deer, or an amazing sunset, maybe even a Sasquatch.

Dash cams can be inexpensive too. The large electronics stores have them starting around the $50 price. In the near future, you might even get a break on your insurance for having one. Some companies in the U.S. and the U.K. are offering as much as a 15% discount.

Now you know about dash cams and why having one could be a good idea. Let’s hope that you never need to rely on it though. Drive safe!

First Published: The Guysborough Journal, Vol . 21, No. 26, July 7, 2015

Image Credit: Provida Dash Cam Image Capture, Mounted Dash Cam, via Wikimedia.

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