Empowering and protecting you and your workers is never easy. Luckily, a dashcam is a quick, cheap option to safeguard against threats on the road. While it may not stop any accidents, it can cover your back when looking at valuable insurance payouts and help keep down premiums.
Dash cam installation is not as complicated as you might think. Below, I guide you through the steps you need to take to ensure an efficient installation.
Dash Cam Installation Choices
When choosing a dash cam, you must take into account many factors. Firstly, decide on the type of power source you want to use. Some may be powered by the car cigarette lighter or USB while others may take power directly from your battery.
Next, decide on the picture quality you want your dash cam to record. You will need to select a camera that can at least make out the registration of other vehicles. Select an SD card that has enough memory to record any long journeys you make in one go.
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Where to Place It
The first thing is to decide where your dash cam setup should go. It should not obstruct the drivers view in any way. Also, check state laws as to where dash cams can be positioned as some states have specific rules regarding this.
The cam should also be in a position where it can get a wide viewing field. This also applies to any cameras at the vehicle rear.
If you have a USB port in your car, plug in the dash cam there. If not, you may need to use the cigarette lighter port to power the dash cam. Do a few checks to see if you have a good range and field of view with your recordings.
Hiding Wires Safely
Now that you have your dash cam positioned and the power works, you can begin hiding the wires. This is important, as you do not want them hanging down obstructing your view when driving.
Run the cable along the liner in the top of your car, down through the door column, and hide it behind any molding or parts that you can. Secure it in place using some small clips, such as cable ties.
Finally, plug back into the power source and you are ready to go. Do one last check to see if the camera uses power while the vehicle is off. This is something to be aware of as it may drain the vehicle battery.
For a rear camera, repeat the process at the back of the vehicle making sure to check the camera gets a wide field of vision. Once you are done, your dashboard camera installation is finished and you are protected!
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