Dash cams a must have accessory for motorhomers
Thanks to crash for cash scams, uninsured drivers and people simply not willing to accept responsibility for accidents, the need for a dash cam to prove your side of the story has never been greater. That’s been borne out by research from Garmin, the sat-nav company. The Garmin Driver Safety research found that attributing fault is the biggest problem for drivers who find themselves involved in road accidents, with 20% stating that lack of evidence was to blame for a past claim going unsettled. Over half (52%) singled out a dash cam as the product that would have been helpful to prove their innocence and save on unnecessary legal costs.
After safety and driver protection, cost-saving is the second reason for the rise in the popularity of dash cams in the UK with over half (51%) of drivers stating that they would be willing to install a dash cam in their car to save on insurance premiums. This is due to the growing number of UK insurers offering discounts of up to 10% off insurance premiums. The cost-saving benefits are such that two-thirds (66%) of drivers say that they intend to use a dash cam in their vehicles in the coming year.
Kirsty Quartley, Garmin PND (Personal Navigation Device) Product Manager commented, “The Garmin Driver Safety research has highlighted that the number of people who have had insurance claims go unsettled due to lack of evidence is significant. The resulting cost is something frustrated drivers are actively trying to tackle and they recognise that an in-car recording device such as a dash cam that captures bad behaviour on camera can prove invaluable in proving fault in an accident. Installation of a dash cam can also help to lower the cost of insurance premiums so can prove to be a sound long-term investment, which is why they are quickly becoming one of the most popular in-car accessories in the UK.
Garmin will be launching the Dash Cam 30 and Dash Cam 35 later this October - as well as acting as an independent eyewitness on the road, the devices can be removed from the vehicle and used as a portable camera to take close-up snapshots of vehicle damage.”
Garmin has already launched the nuviCam, a combination sat-nav and dash cam.
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