If you are new to dash cams, you may not be familiar with the importance of dash cams. The camera mounted in your car is usually used for security purposes or recording moments in case of a collision and accident. Furthermore, it can also help protect your vehicle and its occupants from legal liability when it comes to these awkward situations. Although we never plan for bad things to occur, accidents do happen. You may not think of a dash cam now, but when the time comes and you are caught up in an accident, you will be wishing you had one installed. For many, installing a dash cam may not seem to be a necessity because they consider themselves a safe driver, however, this does not protect you from others driving into you.
When you are driving, your car is all yours. However, if you are an unlucky driver and you get into a collision, it may be possible for a person to blame you for the collision. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself from all this is to have something recording what happens in case of an accident. This process can be done in two ways: first by keeping the dash cam on you at all times or second by having it mounted on your car. There is no appropriate way of doing this, but this post provides the best places to install dash cams in case of an accident.
Types of Dash Cams
First of all, you need to understand what type of dash cam you have and what sort of purpose you wish it to serve before deciding where to place it. For starters, you can have the option to select between a single, dual and 3 channel dash cam, which can also be referred to as your front and rear dash camera. This will often translate to
1) Front Dash Camera
2) Rear Dash Camera
3) Front and Rear Dash Camera
4) Front, Rear and Interior Dash Camera
Where Should The Dash Cam Be Placed?
Now depending on what sort of dash camera you have based on the previous section, hopefully this section here will provide you further insight onto some of the popular areas to install your dash camera.
- The front windshield
The first aspect that you might remember when you decide to buy a dash cam is where it should be mounted. The most common places are the rear-view mirror or the windshield. If you want to enjoy a complete picture of what is happening outside, mounting it in your front window is the best option. This is a popular option for those with a single-channel dash camera who wish to see where they are driving and what is happening in front of them.
We believe that the dash cams mounted on your windshield are very useful as they provide an unobstructed view of everything happening in front of your vehicle, great for those long trips. Whether you are on a road trip to the snows or simply want a front-on shot of the scenery in front of you for some marketing material as a social media influencer, the choice is yours with the landscape shot.
- The rear window
Similar to the front windshield dash cam installation, the rear window is also another popular option, especially those who opt for the Dual Channel edition, which also happens to be the most commonly installed setup. Applying it to the rear window allows you to capture what is behind the car, in the case of rear-end accidents which occur quite frequently on the road. At least by having 2 sets of eyes for both the front and rear, you are in a good position to capture any unexpected events.
- Inside Your Car
If you have a 3-channel dash camera, then we would highly recommend the 3rd camera be set up inside your car, to give allow full visibility of the car interior. This is particularly an excellent option for those who are involved in share-riding, carpooling or taxi services where there are passengers in the car. You would have most likely read it over the internet or heard on the news of various assaults and theft charges occurring whilst driving passengers. Installing a dash camera inside would allow you to extract footage to ensure that your interior surveillance is well monitored. For many, driving other passengers is the only source of income and employment, installing an interior camera would be a worthy investment.
Thinking about installing a dash camera for your car?
If you are serious about keeping yourself, your passengers, and your car safe at all times with a dash camera installation, then you must consult a professional to have it installed. Although, some budget dash cameras do offer a connection to the cigarette lighter, offering a hard-wired setup will allow you to:
a) Free up your cigarette lighter for other things such as your phone charger cable
b) Hide and tuck away wires, which not only make your car look messy, but can distract your driver’s vision
c) Allow you to record even when the car is off. Let’s face it, the majority of car theft would occur when there is no one in the car. Who is looking after your car while you are gone?
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