Driver safety is a huge topic right now and one that has elicited a lot of reaction from drivers. Today, RSG contributor, Scott Van Maldegiam takes a look at why drivers need dash cams and provides us with a few options to stay safe out on the road. I like to think of a dash cam as a really cheap insurance policy. You never know when you’re going to need it, but when you do, it can really bail you out.
When I drive for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, safety is my number one concern. Safety is such a broad term though. Of course, I drive safe whenever I am behind the wheel but I am extra diligent when I have passengers in the car. I always make sure I pick them up and drop them off in a safe area and in a safe way.
The other part of safety though is protecting myself and those in my car when things don’t go according to plan. Whether it’s documenting an accident or documenting the behavior of a passenger who won’t be able to remember what they did the night before, it’s probably a good idea to have a dash cam in your car when you drive.
We will first look at the reasons why dash cams are a good idea, then discuss legal issues around recording and finally look at some of the models available.