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National Dash Cam Day – August 5, 2024

National Dash Cam Day on August 5 is held to raise awareness about various road safety precautions. A dash cam is a small in-car camera positioned on the windscreen that records everything in front of and, in some situations, behind the driver.

When involved in an accident, it can act as an objective witness while also saving drivers money on their insurance. Most dash cams also feature a parking mode that can record events and act as a deterrent to theft and damage when you’re not in your vehicle.

History of National Dash Cam Day

National Dash Cam Day raises awareness for dash cam programs and campaigns, such as the National Dash Cam Safety Portal (N.D.C.S.P.). The N.D.C.S.P. is indeed a free, secure platform created by Nextbase that allows the public to quickly upload footage of illegal or dangerous driving behavior on roads with their local police agency.

This day will commemorate the efforts made by organizations across the U.S. to promote safety on the roads and raise awareness about the importance of dash cams in automobiles. The platform was created to increase overall road safety by allowing motorists to swiftly and securely transmit films of unsafe driving to appropriate police forces.

When driving, a dash cam is attached to the windscreen and records the road. It is powered by the cigarette lighter connector or can be connected to the fuse box. When you turn on the engine, the dash cam begins recording automatically. It records in a continuous loop, with each clip recorded in a brief three-minute chunk onto a micro S.D. card.

Dash cams have swiftly become a staple in individual and commercial automobiles as one of the world’s fastest-growing consumer electronics sectors since its development in 1939. The dash cam is an effective tool to observe how we and those around us drive. According to telematics testing, drivers who have dash cams installed in their vehicles are 33% safer behind the wheel than those who have not.

National Dash Cam Day timeline

The Development of Dash Cams

Dash cams are introduced when a Popular Science article portrayed a police officer placing the camera on his dashboard.

A Police Car's Camera Captures Evidence

Popular Science publishes an item on a film camera attached to a cop car in its September issue.

The First Footage Ever is Discovered

The Mirror investigates what may be the first-ever recorded film using a dashcam.

Increased Funding

Dashcams are financed for widespread usage in law enforcement.

National Dash Cam Day FAQs

Is it worthwhile to invest in a dash cam?

Having a second set of eyes on the road in the form of a dash cam recording can assist in proving fault in accidents and is an excellent method to keep your insurance prices from rising. Another excellent reason to use a dash cam is to catch hit-and-run drivers.

Is the dash cam always recording?

Dash cameras are meant to record continuously while your vehicle is turned on. Many cameras allow you to manually turn the power on or off, but the majority power up and start operating as soon as they have been plugged into a 12 V power source or hardwired into the car’s fuse box.

What is the best location for a dash cam?

Although all dash cameras feature wide-angle lenses to optimize the field of view, they should be installed in or near the center of the front windshield to ensure an even field of view for the sides of the car.

National Dash Cam Day Activities

  1. Keep an eye on the road

    You will use the road in some capacity, whether you are a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian. This is why you must pay attention to everything going on around you. By remaining vigilant, you will ensure your own and others' safety.

  2. Buy a dashcam

    Being vigilant at all times on the road is a requirement. You could install a dash cam in your vehicle and encourage others to do the same.

  3. Explore the dashcam

    If you appreciate learning about the technical elements of products, this is your chance to learn about dash cams. Discover how a dash cam works and read about its fascinating history and the progress of video-recording gadgets.

5 Interesting Facts About The Dash Cam

  1. Endless features

    In addition to digital video recording (D.V.R.), some dash cams have microphones and speakers to capture audio.

  2. Dash cams can record in H.D.

    Dash camera filming quality has significantly increased in recent years.

  3. Different forms

    As you look for the best dash cam, you will discover that there are numerous hardware alternatives.

  4. National restrictions

    Despite its growing popularity and the numerous benefits it provides, owning a dashcam is illegal in several countries.

  5. You could face eavesdropping charges

    In certain countries, recording a conversation while not in your vehicle is a crime punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

Why We Love National Dash Cam Day

  1. Proof

    Dash cams are critical instruments for preserving evidence. They give evidence of all individual's movements and notable events.

  2. Resources for future needs

    The dash cam is an excellent way to preserve records for future use. Useful information can be saved and retrieved when needed.

  3. It is easy to use

    Dash cams allow you to display evidence to the world of what you're doing or where you are without any fuss.

National Dash Cam Day dates

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