Dashcams, used as advanced tools for collecting visual evidence in road accidents, are increasing in popularity around the globe. Due to a mature and transparent auto insurance system, dashcams are often times regarded as “good to have” instead of “must-have” accessories in the United States. However, dashcams have many more uses beyond the obvious insurance claim – Parents of newly licensed drivers can greatly benefit from the addition of a dashcam device, using it as a safeguard and trip recorder for their teenagers.
Evidence for car accidents, frauds and road outrage
Dashcams have been popular in Russia and Eastern Europe for quite some time due their ability to obtain visual evidence from insurance scams, hit-and-run accidents, and aggressive motorists. According to a recent article by Telegraph, insurance companies, such as AXA Insurance, have started offering up to 10-15% off insurance rates for UK drivers that install a dashcam in their car. Dashcams can also be used to prevent vehicle vandalism. While they are not a panacea, dashcams can effectively protect your kids from unexpected trouble.
Unexpected events captured by a dashcam could go viral on social media
Record scenic travels; capture unexpected moments
Check out dashcam footage of the latest Meteor siting, spectacular isn’t it? Another key use case of a dashcam is to record iconic sites, memorable locations and awe-inspiring scenery during each drive. The videos captured on dashcams can be uploaded to YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram and go viral as these videos have. Which kid doesn’t wanna be a spotlight on social media?
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15-24 year olds represent only 14% of the U.S. population but account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) among females. Often times inexperience and recklessness lead young drivers to danger more frequently. Some premium dashcams on the market now featured ADAS functions like Lane Departure and Forward Collision avoidance warnings, which provide reliable alerts to teenage drivers, helping to keep them out of harms way.
So for your teenager’s 16th birthday or high school graduation, give the gift that keeps on giving – a dashcam.