Road Angel - Dash Cameras, do we need them?
There are many opinions on dashboard camera’s and there uses. Many people think of them of an invasion of privacy! However, there are estimated to be 5.9 million cameras in the UK just in CCTV alone which cover almost every city and our homes why shouldn’t you cover your car too?
Everyone can come up with a few reasons as to why they wouldn’t want a camera recording them on a daily basis in the car but the pros far outweigh the cons.
Here at the Car Audio Centre we believe that dash cameras are the must have option for any road user, whether you have just passed your driving test or have been driving for 50+ years there are many reasons to have a dash camera recording your everyday driving.
In 2016 there were 181,384 accident casualties recorded on Britain's roads; 1,792 of these were fatal. Now these are statistics that we’re sure we would all like to see reduced so here is our reason why we think you should all invest in a dash camera not only to protect you and the car you own but other road users.
The main brands currently on the market are Road Angel, Blackvue, Thinkware and Nextbase. We have experienced with all of these dashcams, we favour the Road Angel over the other brands based on a few reasons.
Price- perfect price points, they offer exceptional value for money. The quality offered in these dashcams, you would find in a more expensive camera.
Quality- the Road Angel Halo ranges utilises the Huawei designed lenses which offer far superior picture quality. If you do not know about Huawei camera lenses. See the Huawei P30 Pro! Another thing to consider is the CPU which is made by HiSilicon (owned by Huawei). This chip allows the Halo dash cams to perform excellently. No more laggy footage or piping hot camera!
Reliability- We have fitted many dash cams over the years. We have come across the rubbish and the very best. We have found Road Angel to be the most reliable, catching important footage 24/7 (with parking mode, hardwire kit needed). There is not point in buying a £30 dashcam, if you are looking for reliability. They will only last so long. The appeal is price, but you know what they say. Buy cheap, buy twice! Good dashcams aren’t (really) cheap and cheap dashcams aren’t good!
Usability- We have also found with the Road Angel Halo dashcams, they are easy to fit and easy to use. If you need a plug and play, perfect! If you are looking for more radical protection, then hardwiring in will get the best out of it. This will enable parking mode, giving you 24/7 coverage.
The Road Angel dashcams we sell are-
Road Angel Halo Go- offers 1080P recording at 30fps, has a G-Sensor, parking mode (hardwire kit needed), WIFI and high-end camera lens. Prices from £99.99
Road Angel Halo Drive- Same as the Go but with 1440P resolution quality. This creates an image that is over 50% sharper than 1080P recording, which really shows the quality difference between the two lenses. Prices from £149.99
Road Angel Halo Pro- the front camera has the same lens as the Drive, but this dashcam incorporates a front and rear dash cam, GPS and dual storage. This has proven to be the most popular option as people prefer having the front and rear of the vehicle covered. Prices start from £199.99
These are the main benefits and if you are unsure if you need a dashcam, see below. We have information you might find useful.
Protecting yourself in the event of accident
One of the most important reason to own a dash camera is to have visual evidence if you happen to find yourself in a car accident, imagine how useful this video evidence is to your car insurance companies or the police in the cases of cash for crash or hit and run incidents. According to the Insurance Fraud Bureau, “Crash for Cash” costs UK motorist around £340m a year. That is a staggering amount of money. Each claim can go into the tens of thousands of pounds. Organised crime is a big problem in the UK and “crash for cash” is one of their avenues they explore when trying to make money.
The IFB recommend many ways to protect yourself against bogus claims. One of them being “Take photos of the incident, if you are able”. Go one better, GET THE WHOLE THING ON CAMERA! In an accident, not everyone is able to get photos or videos of the scene. A Road Angel Halo will record from the moment you start the journey.
Protecting other road users if you witness an accident
I'm sure we have all witnessed accidents on the roads whilst commuting to work or enjoying a drive on the weekends, your video evidence can help other insurance companies to keep the cost down on false claims. For example; you may not be a victim of “crash for cash”, but a fellow motorist in front of you is. You have got the whole thing on camera, assuming you stop to help the victim are already doing a good thing. To help them get justice? That is above and beyond. As Bertrand Russell once said “The only thing that will redeem mankind, is cooperation”, it goes without saying really.
Here’s my theory, the more we protect ourselves with things like dash cams, the less likely organised crime or individuals trying to make a quick buck will see “crash for cash” as a viable way to make money. Therefore, reducing these bogus claims, which then reduce our insurance premiums.
So, I think there is a personal gain and a communal gain from using a dash cam. Even if you don’t get a crash on camera, your Road Angel Halo (if hardwired in) will have parking mode enabled. You might catch an act of vandalism, assault or have footage of a suspect of ongoing enquiry walking past your car which could help put a time and place on someone’s whereabouts. Think about your footage actually being used to help solve a crime! There are many personal and communal benefits of using a dash cam. Currently a number of police constabularies are actively asking for dashcam footage from road traffic offenses, even
There’s nothing worse than being hit by an uninsured driver because not only does this affect your car insurance in the long run but it could also put you out of pocket or worse even out of work. In September 2018 the RAC foundation found almost one in five (19 per cent) job adverts say that applicants must be able to drive.
So, we have a lot of drivers depending on their vehicle, imagine being out of work and having to fork out hundreds maybe even thousands because some moron decided it was perfectly acceptable to drive without insurance/license and you do not have evidence to support your claim?
Changing your road habits
We have all developed bad habits when it comes to driving, now having a dash camera can often deter you from doing the things that I’m sure we have all done before. Whether it be creeping over the speed limit, sitting in the middle lane when you’re not overtaking. Using a bus lane when you think no one is looking and even down to wearing a seat belt. Having a dash camera is sometimes that reminder we all need to keep within the laws and protect yourself from fines and points on your license. But if you are an habitual speeder, and struggle to keep within the speed limit, maybe the Road Angel Pure is for you to consider. Most of our staff have the Pure installed and we can all agree, we are better drivers for it!
Car park crashes
Whether you have a brand-new Audi A4, a £500 run around. Its never nice to come back to your vehicle and find that someone has crashed into it and maybe driven off without leaving any details, with a lot of dash camera’s there are parking modes that record 24/7 when parked up, this can worry some people about that feature draining the battery. With the Road Angel Halo, you don’t have to worry about your battery draining as it has a voltage detector and switches the camera off if your battery drops below a certain voltage. This allows you to start the car and go to your local garage for a charge up/replacement. (if needed)
These are just a few reasons why we think everyone on the road would benefit from a dash camera. We would always recommend buying a branded product like the Road Angel Halo’s, they are a well-established company who provide a great quality product at reasonable prices. The Road Angel Halo keeps watching when you aren’t.