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Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • How You Can Protect Yourself by Installing a Dash Cam

    How a Dash Cam Can Protect You and Your Vehicle

    There are quite a few benefits to be had by installing an in-car camera system or dash cam in your vehicle. One of the main ones has to be the protection of you as the driver, when it comes to your word against someone else’s about what really happened in a road accident.

    Avoid “crash for cash” scams

    Imagine this for a scenario: you’re innocently driving to work one morning just as you usually do, minding your own business. You get caught up in a little bit of traffic and then something unbelievable happens. Someone literally throws themselves onto your car bonnet and sprawls across your windscreen before rolling off onto the road.

    An ambulance arrives and before you know it, you’re accused of driving into that person, causing them injury and now they want to make a claim against you. Sounds unreal doesn’t it? Yet sadly, in this blame-filled world we live in, there are plenty of “crash for cash” scammers out there who will take advantage of innocent drivers in the hope of making some quick money.

    Another example of a well-known “crash for cash” scam is demonstrated in this YouTube video where a scammer rolls his car backwards into another vehicle and then demands money for damages before threatening to call the police.

    Luckily the car that was backed into had a dash cam installed. Otherwise, the driver of this vehicle would have had to pay up through an insurance claim. This is because if no evidence is available to prove whose fault an accident was, it’s the driver in the vehicle behind that automatically gets the blame.

    So you probably see already from these two examples just how useful a dash cam can be. Dash cams are designed to record video and audio footage from the road ahead and they fit discreetly onto the dashboard of a vehicle so that they are virtually impossible for other drivers to see.

    Other ways dash cams can offer protection

    Dash cams can also protect other drivers and pedestrians on the road as well as yourself. For example, if you have a dash cam installed in your vehicle, you might be able to capture an accident or incident that’s happened to someone else. Your video evidence could help someone else to get justice and keep dangerous drivers off the roads.

    In addition, some dash cams are able to operate in a “parking mode”, where they provide surveillance around the vehicle when parked up. All too often, other drivers damage vehicles in car parks and quickly leave the site of the incident if no-one is around. This surveillance feature is ideal for providing evidence in these cases.

    Are dash cams worth the investment?

    When you think about how much money you might have to pay out if you’re the victim of a “crash for cash” scam, then yes, in just about every situation a dash cam is worth the investment – for peace of mind alone.

    What’s more, you can pick up a dash cam for under £200. Take a look at our RoadHawk DC-2 as an example. This is a great quality forward facing in-car camera, with some excellent features - it costs just £177 including VAT.

    For more information on our range of dash cams for personal or business use, please get in touch on 01274 733 633. We’re more than happy to advise you on product features and answer any questions you may have.

  • 5 Ways That Dash Cams Can Improve Fleet Efficiency, Safety & Security

    Why Dash Cams are Crucial for Your Vehicle Fleet

    Over the last few years, dash cams have become increasingly popular, both for personal and business use. This is because dash cams (also known as black box vehicle camera recorders or in-vehicle CCTV) can often provide irrefutable evidence about what actually happened during vehicle accidents, damage or theft.

    Fleet dash cams usually take the form of a small camera that affixes to front, side or back of the vehicle and records the road ahead, to the side or behind. Some types of vehicle camera recorders capture speed and location data as well as audio and high definition video recordings.

    If you’re running a business fleet, it’s vital that your vehicles are operational and running as cost-effectively as possible. As well as providing sound evidence to alleviate difficult and stressful situations concerning vehicle incidents, there are a number of other benefits that dash cams can provide when they are being used as a fleet management tool.

    1. Reduces the number of fraudulent claims

    “Crash and Cash” scams are on the rise and unfortunately company vehicles are often the victims of such cases, as fraudsters target companies in the hope of bigger compensation pay outs. By installing a fleet dash cam, the footage showing what happened in an incident like this can be provided to the insurance company and the claim can be disputed quickly.

    In turn, this saves the company who has been targeted – and the insurance company itself – time and money. Insurance companies are often happy to pass on lower insurance premiums to companies that have CCTV installed on their fleet vehicles.

    2. Increased driver safety and awareness

    Surveys have shown that when vehicle camera recorders are installed on vehicles, this can reduce the number of accidents by up to 45%. This is because drivers will subconsciously take more care on the roads and take responsibility for their actions when they know that there is video recording equipment affixed to their vehicle.

    3. Driver training resources

    Fleet managers can use the data and video footage taken from fleet dash cams and use these as resources to train, educate and incentivise drivers. Doing this helps to continually improve driver awareness and safety, for themselves, the business and the public.

    4. Fleet management reporting

    Fleet camera recorders are an important tool for the fleet manager because of the sheer amount of information that can be used to improve fleet efficiency. In dash cam systems where GPS is captured, driver behaviour and fuel consumption data can be monitored and used to make money-saving improvements.

    5. Saves time and money in the long run

    When considering all of the benefits above, it’s clear that installing fleet dash cams provides many advantages that all lead to improved fleet efficiency and the saving of company time and money.

    Having reliable CCTV evidence on hand means that any insurance claims are dealt with quickly and favourably, resulting in damaged vehicles being back on the road in no time at all. Fleet dash cams also come in useful for documenting parking accidents, where the vehicle has suffered damage or vandalism without the driver being present.

    We recognised earlier in this article about how dash cams can lead to vehicle drivers taking more responsibility for their actions on the road. Not only are driving techniques likely to improve, but driver morale can be positively impacted too. This is turn can lead to decreased staff turnover which can also result in the savings of thousands of pounds for fleet businesses each year.

    We hope you found this article on fleet dash cams useful. If you have any questions about our range of commercial dash cams or personal vehicle camera recorders, or want to find out more about what our products can do for you or your business, please get in touch.

    *Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

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