As we’ve said, there are many types of dash cam to suit different business needs. Some vehicle fleets may require a front and rear dash cam, while some might just need a camera to record the vehicle’s interior to ensure employees are driving safely. Other drivers, meanwhile, will need a GPS integrated into the camera.
Below we will highlight the different types of dash camera, and explain who they are best for…
Front and rear dash cam
Also known as a ‘dual dash cam’ or ‘dual channel dash cam’, these cameras record the front and back of the vehicle. Why would you want to record what’s behind you? The fact is, most road accidents occur at slow speeds, and from the rear. Just think of all those times at a junction you’ve seen a driver accidentally bump into the vehicle in front – it happens all the time.
By recording the rear of your vehicle, you are protecting yourself in case you’re involved in one of these common accidents. As you would expect, a dual dash cam costs more than a regular dash cam – this makes them ideal for businesses who don’t mind spending a few extra bucks on a higher spec piece of equipment, which can help you save money in the long term.
A front and rear dash cam is best suited to trucks, or large business vehicles that cover a lot of mileage. After all, the more time you spend on the road, the more likely it is that another driver could accidentally bump into your vehicle.
It’s up to you to weigh up the higher price point vs. the probability of being hit. Can you afford to go without a rear dash cam? Will a single channel dash cam suffice?
Front view dash cam
You already know that front view dash cams can help all kinds of drivers, whether they’re for business or personal use. By recording the road ahead, you can help prove who was at fault for an incident – great news for regular drivers – and also ensure your employees are driving safely.
So, if you’re interested in protecting yourself in terms of insurance claims, or if you simply want to keep tabs on how your fleet of drivers is performing on the road, then a front view dash cam is for you. This type of camera is usually much cheaper than a front and rear view camera, too.
Cabin view dash cam
These cameras record the inside of the vehicle, as well as the road ahead. They are different to dual and front view dash cams in that they also record activity inside the vehicle, which makes them more suitable to car sharing services or taxis. In other words, cabin view dash cams are mainly for viewing driver and passenger activity, and for identifying when drivers become distracted.
That being said, cabin view dash cams are also useful for personal drivers looking to record and improve their driving habits. For instance, if you’re about to take a driving test and want to ensure you’re not making any mistakes that could lead to a failure, a cabin view dash cam could come in handy.
However, these cameras are mainly for businesses. With cabin view dash cams, you can detect dangerous and distracted driving, because the camera is constantly recording the interior.