Truck dash cams have become increasingly more popular over the years. Dash cams can fully record every detail on the road and inside the cab while you drive. There are many benefits for truckers to use a dash cam in a variety of different situations. Here is our list of the top 5 benefits of using a truck dash cam.

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This is the main and most popular reason to get a truck dash cam. If you happen to get in an accident, using a dash cam video will be your strongest piece of evidence to prove the accident wasn’t your fault. Without the video evidence, there is a chance the other driver can say the accident was your fault, even if it wasn’t, and you are forced to pay for the repairs. However, keep in mind that if the accident is your fault, the video evidence will be used against you.

You can report undisciplined drivers

As a trucker, you obviously spend a lot of time on the road and encounter many careless drivers.  If you notice a driver who is driving bad enough that they are putting lives in danger, it can be reasonable to want to report that driver.  Reporting a reckless driver without a dash cam is difficult due to lack of evidence. Without dash cam evidence, it is unlikely the reckless driver will receive any form of punishment. However, it is easy to prove that a driver is actually driving carelessly if you have video footage from your dash cam.

You can prevent insurance fraud

One of the more common forms of fraud we see today is insurance fraud. This is when a driver purposely causes an accident, and puts the blame on the other party involved in order to receive money. The fraudster could get money from the other driver if the other driver has no evidence that they were not at fault, or they could get money from the insurance company if they fake an injury they supposedly sustained in the accident. With a dash cam, you will be able to protect yourself from anybody attempting to perform this type of fraud by being able to prove that the accident wasn’t your fault. You may also be able to prove that the fraudster caused the accident on purpose, and this may stop the fraudster from performing that stunt again.

You can record incidents when you are away from the truck

Most dash cams can be set to record even without the engine being on. This way you can record incidents while you are sleeping in the truck, or while you are away from the truck. A dash cam is perfect for when you return to your parked truck and there is a ding on the bumper because you are able to go back to the video and see who caused the damage. You are also able to keep an eye on your truck if you have to leave it out overnight and can make sure you are able to catch anybody who vandalizes or tries to break in.

You can use them for training and coaching

This is a good feature for those that have people driving trucks for them, or have to train new drivers when they start. Even though an ELD can help coach drivers, a dash cam adds another way to monitor a driver who is being trained for the first time, or being coached to become a better driver. With a dash cam, you can see exactly what the driver is seeing when they are behind the wheel. With these videos, you are able to go back and point out errors that were made or things that went well. This makes it so you don’t have to be in the truck with somebody 24/7 in order to properly coach them and give them advice.

Are you ready to purchase a truck dash cam?

If you are ready to purchase a truck dash cam, here are a few things to consider. The price can range from as low as $40 and as high as $500 depending on the available features. There are several companies that make dash cams including Garmin, Thinkware, and Blackvue. Some of the features you can look for are camera mounts, accelerometers, time & location tracking, microphones, and automatic looping. Keep all of this in mind while you are making your decision on what truck dash cam to purchase.

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