Dash cams have been gaining popularity in recent years, particularly among police performing traffic stops. Dash cam videos are also popular on YouTube, usually the ones that show some sort of unusual incident. As a trucker, a dash cam can literally save your job if an accident occurs. Installing a dash cam in your truck cab provides a variety of benefits.
Despite your best efforts, accidents can still happen. No amount of training will make you immune from weather conditions or the unsafe habits of other drivers. If an accident does occur and you need to file a claim with your insurance company, they will want evidence that you did everything you could to avoid damage. Insurance can be tricky, so the irrefutable proof of a dash cam video will really help your case.
Trucking companies are also starting to catch on to the dash cam trend. Generally speaking, a driver who knows they are being recorded will drive safer than one who is not. The likelihood of unsafe or distracted driving goes down even further when the driver’s smartphone is what’s being used as a dash cam.
Going Too Far?
Some companies have chosen to take the dash cams even further and installed cameras that also record what’s going on inside of the truck’s cab. Rather than constantly recording, these cameras are triggered by certain events, such as a sharp turn or an abrupt stop. They only record a little time before and after these incidents so that the driver can prove that they followed all safety procedures. Some drivers see the inward-facing cameras as an invasion of privacy, but they can actually be quite beneficial in proving innocence if anything ever ends up in court.
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