The next 12 months will see dash cams become increasingly popular as more and more drivers wish to capture their journey on camera.
This is because attributing fault is the biggest problem facing drivers who find themselves involved in road accidents, according to new research from GPS company Garmin.
Out of 2,000 drivers surveyed, the Garmin Driver Safety research found that 20 per said that lack of evidence was to blame for a past claim going unsettled. Meanwhile, 52 per cent singled out a dash cam as the product that would have been helpful to prove their innocence and save on unnecessary legal costs.
After safety and driver protection, cost-saving is the second reason for the rise in the popularity of dash cams in the UK. The survey revealed that 51 per cent of drivers said that they would be willing to install a dash cam in their car to save on insurance premiums, because of the growing number of UK insurers offering discounts of up to 10 per cent off insurance premiums.
The cost-saving benefits are so appealing that 66 per cent of drivers said they intend to use a dash cam in their cars in the coming year.
Kirsty Quartley, Garmin PND (Personal Navigation Device) product manager, said: “The Garmin Driver Safety research has highlighted that the number of people who have had insurance claims go unsettled due to lack of evidence is significant. The resulting cost is something frustrated drivers are actively trying to tackle and they recognise that an in-car recording device such as a dash cam that captures bad behaviour on camera can prove invaluable in proving fault in an accident.
“Installation of a dash cam can also help to lower the cost of insurance premiums so can prove to be a sound long-term investment, which is why they are quickly becoming one of the most popular in-car accessories in the UK.”