In 2018, there were almost 300,000 dashboard cameras, better known as “dash cams,” sold in the U.S. That represented a 20 percent increase in dash cam sales over the previous year. And it appears as though dash cam sales could continue to increase in the coming years as more and more self-driving cars start to hit the road.
Drivers are doing whatever they can to protect themselves when they’re behind the wheel, and that includes recording everything that’s going on around them just in case they’re ever involved in an accident and want to prove they weren’t at fault.
If you’re in the market for a dash cam, you’ll find all kinds of great options out there. There are reliable dash cams that start at just $50, but there are also dash cams that go for $250 or more and include features like speech support, wireless streaming, and collision detection.
Regardless of which specific model you buy, here are some of the most important features you should look for when purchasing a dash cam for your vehicle.
Great video resolution
When you set up a dash cam in your car, you want to feel confident in its ability to capture high-quality videos for you. If it doesn’t, it might end up being useless in the event of an accident since it won’t clearly show what happened. Look for a dash cam that shoots in 1080p or higher for best results.
Capable of filming in low light
National Safety Council studies have shown that you’re about three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash at night than you are during the day. Driving at night, in general, is often considered riskier than driving when the sun is out. With these things in mind, your dash cam should be able to film in low-light settings. This will make you feel safer when you’re driving around at night.
More than enough storage
A dash cam isn’t going to do you much good if you aren’t able to store the videos that you shoot with it. Most dash cams run on a five-minute loop before recording over old footage if you don’t take the time to save it. It’s best to choose a dash cam that runs on a long loop and that has at least 32 gigabytes worth of storage. This will ensure you don’t miss the chance to save important video to your dash cam.
Whether you have a dash cam installed in your vehicle or not, 4N6XPRT Systems can provide you with the tools you need to perform auto accident reconstruction during lawsuits, criminal defense cases, insurance claims, and more. Call us at 619-464-3478 today to see how we can help!