They are used for the benefit of insurance claims and safety in mind, but why have they become so popular and is it worth getting one yourself?

Past research has shown that over half of all drivers in this country are at least considering having a dashcam fitted to their car. So, let’s look at what dashcams can do and what makes them so appealing.

What’s a dashcam?

A dashcam is a small camera that’s typically attached to the car’s interior windscreen or to the top of the dashboard. It may be attached with either a suction cup or with tape.

What a dashcam does is continuously record what can be viewed through the vehicle’s windscreen. There are some dashcams on the market, however, that can potentially be used to record the view from a vehicle’s rear window as well as the front.

Why do drivers use dashcams?

The main motivation for drivers to get a dashcam installed in their car is to protect themselves from blame if they are involved in an accident that isn’t their fault.

Footage from a driver’s dashcam can prove to be very useful evidence for the police and insurance companies when trying to establish who caused an accident.

Such evidence is especially welcome if another driver has gone as far as to attempt insurance fraud. The footage could even lead to prosecution against whoever makes such an act.

How much do dashcams cost?

If you’re thinking of buying a dashcam for your car, then prices can vary widely. While dashcams can be possibly bought for just under £30, the highest quality products will likely require you to pay near or over £100.

While many of these products utilise front facing cameras only, there are some available which offer rear facing cameras. You’ll have to view the product details carefully first, however, if that’s what you really want.

Whatever sort of price range you’re looking at there are some things to look out for when picking a dashcam for your car.

Firstly, you’ll want the best-quality footage possible coming from your dashcam so check that the camera you’re looking at records in high definition.

Ideally as well, you’ll also have a camera that can provide a clear picture during both daytime and night time, so it’s worth checking the product description and customer reviews for reference to this.

Many dashcams also record on a loop and include a G-sensor. The latter feature can detect sudden movements which occur during a collision and ensures this section of the video won’t be overwritten.

Remember as well that some dashcams can also boast non-essential but handy add-ons such as GPS tracking and speed logging.

Dashcams tend to store footage on SD cards, but while some dashcams will come with a free SD card included, they may also be able to support alternative SD cards with larger memory storage. Therefore, a larger amount of footage can be stored.

You could consider keeping some spare SD cards in your car in case the dashcam catches something worth saving and you want to protect the footage better.