From catching a hit-and-run driver to smoother insurance claim process, there are plenty of reasons it’s essential to get a dashcam for your car. But a dashcam may also feel like a costly investment, especially these days. You might feel reluctant to purchase one, unsure if you really need a dashcam… Here are a few signs that you should get one.
You commute to work every day
Unless COVID-19 is making you work from home, chances are you spend a lot of time in your car commuting to and from work daily. Rush hour traffic can be exhausting and there are probably plenty of other things you’d rather be doing than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
However, it’s a prime time for accidents. According to this article, an analysis of car insurance accident claims made by policyholders showed that as much as 43% of them were for collisions during peak rush hour times. Having a dashcam in your car during your daily commute – while probably won’t prevent the accidents from happening – will help dealing with their aftermath. In fact, BlackVue dashcams are high on the list of must-have items for your daily commute in 2020.
You’d better wait in the car than go shopping with your family
Being anxious about leaving your car in a public parking lot is understandable. During the over 2-year long run of our #CaughtOnBlackVue event, we’ve seen multiple parking lot hit & run accidents (such as this one, which happened near Walmart; or this one, in an underground parking space and many, many more).
Everyone around you got a dashcam already
Global demand for dashcams is steadily rising every year and it’s very likely that someone you know – a family member, a friend or a neighbor – already has one installed in their car.
And for a good reason – dashcams can save their users thousands of dollars. The initial investment usually pays for itself the first time something happens.
You have been thinking about using your phone as a dashcam
A phone could be used as a dashcam, right? After all, there are dashcam apps out there that can record the road ahead while you drive. Although it might sound like a good idea at first, there are a few reasons you might want to reconsider. We actually encourage you to try one of those apps and find out for yourself but here are some examples of things that are easier to do with a dedicated dashcam:
- Installation: with a BlackVue, you only set it once and forget it. With a phone and dashcam app, you would likely have to install it every time you get in your car.
- Using Parking Mode: you use a Parking Mode accessory (kit or battery) to keep your dashcam powered when your vehicle’s ignition is off. Would you leave a phone in your vehicle, though, even an older one? Not to mention that leaving a phone–which has a lithium battery–in your car in the sun could be a fire hazard.
- Discretion: unless you are using a tiny phone, chances are you won’t be able to hide it away as easily as you would a BlackVue.
- Continuous recording: BlackVue dashcams are designed for loop recording, meaning they can record for hours upon hours without skipping a beat. On the other hand, phone are generally not designed with loop recording in mind.
You regretted not having a dashcam at least once before
Be it a scratch you don’t remember seeing before or a meteor shower when you’re on a highway – there are probably times when you regretted not having something to capture the moment. Sure, you could take out your phone and record it that way, but that’s not always an option, especially when things are happening fast and you’re driving. Installing a dashcam that’s recording in loop recording – which means you don’t have to worry about swapping microSD cards or running out of space – will ensure that you catch what’s most important, hassle-free.
Does any of the above sound familiar to you?
If your answer is yes, check the wide selection of dashcams and Parking Mode accessories offered by BlackVue by clicking here!