Get a dash cams, and you're adding an excellent piece of security tech to your car. The primary function of a dash cam is to record footage of what you see through your windscreen when you travel, and this video can be used to prove who is at fault if you ever have an accident. What's more, it can be used to combat any false claims made about you or your driving, and some insurers will actually lower your premiums if they know you have a dash cam fitted to your car.
Magnetic mount system
This is a very solid dash cam. The Nextbase 422GW combines great 2.5K video with a robust build and clever magnetic mount system, then throws in Amazon Alexa control ability as a bonus extra. It has superb video quality and an excellent physical design.
The Garmin Dash Cam incorporates a comprehensive range of useful safety features for drivers including voice control alongside 2.5K video recording. Other features include built-in GPS for location tracking and safety camera notifications. You also get collision detection and lane departure.
The Boscam dash cam hooks over your existing mirror to provide a much wider view, with the dash cam built-in. You also get a separate rear-view camera that is actually a reversing camera. Both cameras are clear enough to capture small details, include night vision, and are laminated to reduce glare.
For those on a budget
The Apeman dash cam bundles a rear dash camera along with an excellent front camera. The rear camera isn’t as clear as the front camera, and overall there aren’t a lot of features included with this camera. But for the price, it is an excellent value for a dash cam.
Front and rear-facing cameras
The Vantrue N2 Pro integrates front and rear-facing cameras into one unit, so you can capture the road ahead and what’s going on inside the car simultaneously. This is a good way to keep an eye on what’s going on behind you and record activity inside the vehicle including any damage caused by being hit from behind.
Dual full HD cameras
The AUKEY features Full HD resolution with its front-facing dash cam, but there’s a second Full HD rear-facing camera, which can be removed. This can be mounted facing out of your car’s rear window and all the fixings you need for this are included. You do have the option to add a GPS system to this dash cam.
What to look for in a good dash cam
You need a dash cam that records at a good resolution, otherwise, you may find footage is too grainy to be useful, so aim for any of the cams with 2.5K or above resolution. On top of that, you should look for a camera unit that is well built, as poorly made dash cams can be damaged in the event of a collision. If your insurer does offer discounts for fitted dash cams, it's worth checking whether they have an approved list of models, or you may miss out on potential savings.
Many dash cams have built-in GPS, to show your position, and some will record both front and rear views, so you have evidence of collisions where someone runs into the back of your car or truck. Others have some kind of Alexa or voice command features, to allow you to operate them via voice, and they will even warn you about your proximity to other cars (collision alerts) and tell you when you're drifting out of position on a highway.