Dash cams could be motorists’ ‘saving grace’ under lockdown for this reason, says Which?

Dash cams could be motorists’ ‘saving grace’ under lockdown for this reason, says Which?

Dash cams record all details of a journey and can provide an accurate piece of evidence to clear your name in the event of a car crash. With speeding offences rising during lockdown and roads described as “race tracks” by police forces, drivers are being urged to consider a purchase. 

Consumer champions Which? says fewer cars on the roads will also mean fewer witnesses in the event of an accident.

They say dash cams could well become some drivers’ “saving grace” and prove motorists were innocent in the event of a crash that wasn’t their fault. 

Last month it was revealed the number of drivers being reported for bad driving using dash cam footage has quadrupled over the past three years. 

Metropolitan Police officers say the number of offences recorded as a result of dash cam footage being used had doubled from 4,000 in 2017 to 9,000 in 2019.

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This compared to just 268 offences during the same week in 2019 as motorists took advantage of the quiet streets. 

Mr Cox also reported a 75 percent increase in extreme speeding while his data showed a 167 percent increase in those breaking 70mph speed limits. 

Between March 24 and April 28, just 67 people broke the national speed limit last year but this has dramatically increased to 179 in 2020. 

Research from the RAC has revealed over two in five road users say they have seen motorists clearly breaking the speed limit under lockdown. 

A total of 44 percent of road users say they have seen an increase in speeding compared with before the lockdown was introduced.

As well as protecting motorists on the quiet streets, dash cams could also prove vital when your car is parked up under lockdown. 

Some top-of-the-range dash cams offer a “parking mode” which will record the surroundings when a vehicle is unattended. 

This could prove vital for motorists who are still parking their car on the side of a street or on their driveway and may be at risk of vandalism. 

Experts at consumer site Which? say using the parking mode on your camera could capture footage of someone damaging a vehicle or attempting to steal your car while parked. 

Which? has also highlighted how motorists can make major car insurance savings by installing a dash cam in their vehicle. 

Some of the major companies offer major premium reductions for motorists with the vital equipment in place meaning cash-strapped motorists could see total costs fall. 

Which? says car insurance firm AXA offers a ten percent reduction on premiums with Swiftcover slashing prices by as much as 12.5 percent for those with cameras installed. 

Published at Fri, 15 May 2020 06:35:00 +0000