Data suggests sales have increased by 600% during the last three years in the UK
Motorists in the UK are turning to dash cams in an effort to protect themselves whilst out on the roads.
New data suggests that sales of in-car cameras have increased by a staggering 600% during the last three years, whilst separate research carried out by Halfords claims that 16% of motorists in the UK now use a dash cam.
From those taking part, one third (32%) said that having a dash cam fitted inside their vehicle made them feel safer, whilst over a quarter (28%) also thought that having one might help them to improve their driving skills.
Almost one third (29%) of those questioned said the biggest reason for buying a dash cam was to help reduce their insurance premium costs.
In recent years, we’ve heard more and more stories about crash-for-cash insurance scams here in the UK – this is when drivers deliberately cause an accident just so they can make a claim for injuries.
It’s believed that around one in 10 personal injury claims are related to suspected scams and has become such a big problem that the UK Government is reviewing how compensation for whiplash claims are calculated.
According to the Insurance Fraud Bureau, crash-for-cash fraudulent claims cost around £340 million a year.
As a result, motorists are turning to dash cams in a bid to protect themselves against fraudulent claims.
A number of insurance providers now encourage their customers to buy and fit a dash cam in their vehicle as they can help to settle or throw out a claim faster. Some insurers even provide discounts to motorists if they inform them that they use a dash cam, believing that drivers who use them to record a journey are more likely to drive safely.
“We’ve seen a massive increase in the sale of dash cams. A big leap in technology has now put them within reach of most budgets and it’s one key motoring trend that shows no signs of slowing down,” said Halford’s car technology expert, Daniel Tomson.
Mr Tomson also added: “Not only do they help guard against dangerous drivers and ‘crash for cash’ scams, they can even help protect your no claims bonus. Having one will soon become as standard as wearing a seat belt.”
However, some motoring experts suggest that we shouldn’t become too reliant on dash cams, as they could simply become a substitute for better driving rather than something which should merely be used as back-up.
“A dash cam isn’t the be-all and end-all. People need to realise they must improve their own standards of driving as well as expecting others to do the same,” warned Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research.
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