Should you install a dash cam in a learner driver’s car?

By Lewis on 28th August 2020 - View Comments

A dash cam records data and stores it for a period of time, which can be used later to settle insurance disputes and claims. They can also help to improve your driving. Dash cams can be bought relatively inexpensively and are easy to fit.

So should you install one?

We think every car should have a dash cam. With the rise in staged accidents for insurance payouts – known as Crash for Cash – having a filmed record of any accident is a powerful deterrent for opportunistic crash scammers.

Insurance companies and the police approve of dash cams and they make insurance claims and reporting of accidents much simpler and straightforward. Heaven forbid your child has a crash while learning but having a dash cam on board could help reduce the trauma.

They’re also useful to play back lessons later to see where any mistakes are made. Sitting at home doing post postmortems of lessons on an iPad or PC may not sound much fun but it’s a really useful time together to review the previous day’s driving. This new technology really can help the learning process.

A dash cam can cost as little as £50 and the best ones hold a recording for several days, have a front and back view and a cabin function that records what’s happening inside the car. Some even have a parking function that automatically switches the camera on if there’s activity outside your car when it’s parked. And when your child does pass their test having a dash cam on board that they know is recording everything they do will make them drive extra carefully.

The case for dash cams is totally proved, sales in the last couple of years have mushroomed and the use of dash cam footage to help settle insurance claims is up 285% since 2015


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