Don’t Have a Dashcam? Time to Get One!
Dashboard cameras have been around for a while. But for some reason, not everyone is taking advantage of them. A dashcam is a small camera, installed on the dashboard and facing the traffic. Basically, it records everything a truck driver sees when he is on the road. A dashcam is not a very expensive piece of equipment that can save you some serious money and protect you against unfair tickets or unnecessary inspections.
Dashcam records whatever you see with your eyes and can become your lawyer in situations when your innocence is far from being obvious.
If you’ve been on the road long enough, you know that accidents are impossible to avoid. Even if you are the perfect driver, who never breaks any rules, there are plenty of other people who are much less law-abiding than you are.
One of the most frequent situations is a car hurrying up to get in front of a truck and cutting it off. Then for some reason, the car driver slams on the breaks and the truck can’t stop soon enough. A rear-ending accident is an obvious fault of the driver who’s behind, right? And no matter how convincing you may sound, in 90 % of the cases, a police officer will decide that the accident is your fault. However, if you have a dashcam, you can easily prove who really is responsible.
If you buy a dashcam with a motion-detection sensor, it will activate the recording as soon as it senses any movement around your vehicle. This feature allows you to find out if someone was tampering with your truck and catch fuel thieves at rest stops. You can also get information about vandals and hit-and-run drivers.
A dashcam offers you a good protection against fraud. If someone claims that you caused an accident when you really didn’t, one of the easiest ways to prove it is a dashcam. It can be your best protector against brake-checking too. While these situations might seem rare, there are plenty of conmen on the road trying to set up accidents to get insurance and truckers often become their targets.
It’s hard to find a disadvantage of owning a dashcam if you are a safe driver. Some companies might be against installing such a camera but it’s a rare occasion. However, you must remember that if you get into an accident that’s YOUR fault, the footage from the camera can be subpoenaed.
Any truck driver with experience will tell you that a dashboard camera is a good idea and if you haven’t gotten one yet, it’s time to do it. There are plenty of them on the market today, so you are in for some serious research. Make sure to read the reviews before buying one since there is plenty of cheap trash out there. A dashcam is a great way to protect yourself so the time and money you spend on it is definitely worth it.