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How to fit a dash cam

How to fit a dash cam

1/3/2015

Dash cams – otherwise known as in car cameras – have become very attractive pieces of kit for UK motorists of today. This wasn’t always the case so many ‘every day’ motorists who may accept the benefits of having a dash cam, haven’t bought one for fear of not knowing what to do next. Choosing the right dash cam for your motoring needs can be a little daunting.

There are many guides and pieces of advice from lots of websites on how to get started, but they’re talking to the techies out there. So Tim Burns, our chief marketing guy at Nextbase did a little experiment. He went home one day with a Nextbase 412GW dash cam and handed it to his Father. “Have a present. Now go and fit it yourself.” Being an experienced, conscientious motorist, Mr Burns senior was sold on the first sentence, “Fit a dash cam and you’re immediately entitled to 12.5% off your motor insurance” but Tim was more interested in what came after the “oh, I didn’t know that…” bit. Fitting a dash cam is a complete unknown for any first-time dash-camer. It’s natural, these things have only been useful in Russia in the fight against police corruption and hit and runs. Thankfully, both of these are in limited supply in the UK but there’s still the conundrum of fitting the device.

There are two simple, but important considerations. Location and power supply. Lets start with the easy one.

Location

All Nextbase dash cams come with a guide and advice on where to locate your new in car camera. It shouldn’t obscure your view as a driver, and it shouldn’t really have the screen rolling when you’re driving. UK motorists don’t want to play around with gadgets, pressing buttons while avoiding cyclists and other challenges on the road, they just want to know they’re covered thanks to a dash cam recording the road ahead. Applying that sensible logic, a dash cam should be placed in a discrete place where it doesn’t interfere or distract you, or other motorists. The best, therefore, and recommended place for a motorist to place a dash cam is behind the rear view mirror, facing forward with a clear view of the road ahead.

Power supply

There are a few options here. The vast majority of dash cam owners simply place their in car camera behind the rear view mirror, and run the power supply (a nice 4 metres long so there’s plenty of cable) around the windscreen, down to the cars 12 volt power supply – or, the cigarette lighter, to you and I. Alternatively, you can choose to hardwire the dash cam in to your car. There are two ways to do this – with the help of our hardwire kit. Firstly, run the cable around the windscreen, apply the hardwire kit and fit it straight in to the fuse box which is usually found in or near to the glove box.

The other option is to hardwire it in to the cars power supply which means that the in car camera is always on. The advantage of this is that the dash cam will begin recording as it detects movement with the Motion Detection technology. It can be useful in the fight against vehicle vandalism, or if you are parked on a busy road whereby somebody else may hit your parked vehicle. Or, if all that’s a bit too much there’s the option of buying a dash cam from Halfords who offer a WeFit service. That means that as a new dash cam owner, you can ask them to fit your dash cam for you! However way you like. Find out more about our dash cams by visiting our product page.

To buy a dash cam, visit one of a number of retailers – including Maplin, Currys and Halfords – currently stocking Nextbase products.

If you still have questions, get in touch with us as we’d happily talk you through more. Our contact details can be found here.

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