Sales of dash cams have skyrocketed in recent years. Everyone wants to feel secure in the protection they claim to provide. But should we be feeling safe? Can dash cams actually protect us if we’re involved in an accident? Read on to learn how dash cams are impacting independent drivers and businesses.

First, let’s consider these recurring scenarios.

“Someone switched lanes into me on the roundabout!”

You’ve just entered a two lane roundabout. You’ve stuck to the right lane and just as you’re exiting the roundabout a vehicle in the left lane enters the right lane. The car clips your vehicle. You exchange details for damages caused in the incident. A week later you receive a call from the other party’s insurer claiming you changed lanes into their client’s vehicle.

“I was hit from behind!”

You’re slowing down to a red traffic light, and you’ve left the appropriate amount of time to brake. Someone behind you decides to switch lanes at the last minute, as they’ve sped up and they haven’t allowed enough time to brake. You’ve been hit from behind! You exchange details with the other party involved in the incident, and you push it from your mind. Suddenly you’re receiving demands from the other party’s insurance company claiming you’re responsible for the accident that wasn’t your fault.

The Bad News

In both of these situations (and many others), a dashcam may not be enough to prove who was in the right, and who was not. Forward-facing dash cams can’t catch any activity from behind or to the side. Most also don’t capture critical info like speed, date, time and exact location.

GPS to the Rescue

When choosing your dash cam it’s crucial that it has GPS features. GPS will track exactly what time, date and location you were at the time of the accident. This information is vital to insurers. If you own a business, set yourself up to be covered on all the bases.

Don’t let liability claims be a cost to your personal or business expense account. Use dash cams with GPS to protect yourself and your business from damages, court cases or even getting sued.

Considerations for using and installing dash cams and GPS

There is no point setting up a dash cam that points at your side mirror. Carefully consider the best location in your vehicle to place your dash cam. Some vehicles may be larger than others and need to determine where the most practical position is to capture video. Businesses may want to consider a multi-cam set-up to ensure they’re covered from all angles. However, note that dash cams come under surveillance technology and all employees must be notified that they’re being filmed and tracked.

Quick tip: Set up a procedure to ensure relevant footage isn’t overwritten. Refer to your dash cam user manual to set up your saving features.

Learn More about GPS Tracking in Australia

If you’d like to learn more about GPS and what it might do for you or your business, have a read through our website or get in touch.

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