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Dashcams have risen in popularity over the past few years. As a responsible motorist, you have probably wondered if a dashcam is something you should consider purchasing.

Dashcams are easy to use and most work the same: The cameras start recording when the engine is turned on, and stop recording when the engine is turned off. Certain dashcams continue to record even when the car is turned off.

Dashcams typically come with a power cord that is plugged into the car’s cigarette lighter outlet.

Interested in learning some of the ways a dashcam can benefit you? Here are three:

  • Evidence in the event of a car accident: Without dashcams, evidence in a car accident may be limited to driver accounts, eyewitness testimony, skid marks or security camera footage. Dashcam evidence is solid evidence that can be used to determine fault in a car accident.
  • Monitor new driver behavior: Parents of new drivers are often worried about their children’s safety behind the wheel. A dashcam can be a useful tool for parents to monitor their children’s driving skills when they are unable to ride in the car with them.
  • Reporting bad drivers: If you witness reckless or dangerous driving behavior, dashcam footage will provide valuable video evidence if you proceed with reporting the behavior to authorities.

These are just a few of the many safety features of dashcams.

Considering purchasing one yourself? There are basic, no-frills versions as well as more advanced cameras. Digital Trends published an article detailing the best dashcams of 2019.