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(Alternatively, you could simply disable the microphone.)To help you decide whether a dash cam is worth the investment, here are five of the top reasons people buy one, along with our review of a handful of popular models and features we think you should look for:“At first, I thought dash cams looked like cool toys,” says Utah college student Rob Sanders.
But Sanders says he stopped thinking of dash cams as toys after he witnessed a serious hit-and-run accident on the freeway.
Models that are hardwired to the vehicle’s battery or that have an internal battery can document any encounter even if the car is not running.
To get some firsthand experience with the different types of dash cams, we purchased and installed five different models in our vehicle test fleet so that the team at the CR Auto Test Center could try them for several weeks.
Remember, though, that your own footage can potentially be used against you.For example, in some states if your dash camera documents that you are exceeding the speed limit, you could be held partly liable for an accident—even if the other driver was primarily at fault.Interest in dash cams has also been fed by videos of motorists having altercations with police and reported incidents of minority drivers being stopped without cause.“I realized that if I’d been the one who was hit, I’d have had no evidence to give to my insurance or to the police. I know that if someone hits me, I can prove it to an insurance company.” Insurers don’t currently offer discounts on premiums for dash-cam owners, but they will review dash-cam footage of an accident, just as they accept photos snapped on the scene with a cell phone.Dash-cam footage is more reliable than witness accounts and can be extremely useful to the insurance company in determining liability.
“For now, dash cams that you stick on the windshield are still the most popular,” says Carl Mathews, senior director of mobile merchandising at Crutchfield, one of the electronics retailers rated most highly by Consumer Reports readers.