When you think of dash cams, you probably think of police videos. Recording so much video has resulted in some crazy moments that have gotten millions of views online. But now there’s a growing number of consumer dash cams. The List’s Jimmy Rhoades with three reasons to roll tape when you rev up.
Start with function: Dash cams are a silent witness to accidents. And with time, date and GPS location stamps, they can be the evidence you need to settle disputes with the other party, police, and insurance companies.
Patrick Wolff from Magellan explains, “You can rest assured that the device will not only capture it, but it will record it for you, so you will have proof if an incident ever were to occur.”
You don’t have to be driving – or even be in the car! – for your dash cam to have your back. Patrick again, “If your car is turned off, and your device is on, if your car is impacted it will automatically turn the system on, and it will start recording the incident.”
People might think you could do the same thing with an action camera such as go-pro. But dash cams do things those cameras don’t.
Dash cams have loopable memory, which means you don’t have to worry about emptying memory cards. And some models have sensors that will protect videos of impact events – so you won’t accidentally record over important video events.
Nathan Schwartz represents the new Car & Driver line of consumer dash cams. He says, “You don’t have to be worried that a file will be erased or overwritten. It logs your route, your speed, your altitude… this is very useful for teen drivers. Parents can see where they drive. You can actually watch your 16 year-old driving and you can send her a message, ‘You’re driving erratically.’”
Another great reason to have a dash cam? Because your impending YouTube fame is calling!
Taking a scenic vacation? Grab that dash cam footage to keep those awesome memories. And who knows? You might even wind up recording some crazy event that becomes the next viral video to break the internet.