Think of an in-car crash camera or dash cam as you would a smoke alarm – you don’t need it until you really need it! If you are involved in a collision and there are no witnesses to the event, it is your word against the other party. Often this can result in a dual fault outcome at the expense of your insurance premium.
So what differentiates a crash camera from a standard video camera rigged up in your car, lorry or van? For one, in addition to video footage, a black box camera system logs GPS data which provides essential evidential documentation to an accident. This allows you to track the speed and direction of a vehicle and this information can be displayed onto Google Maps showing the vehicles location and journey at the time.
There’s also the issue of record time. Although you may clock up days’ worth of driving it is really only the immediate moments before an accident that is of interest. RoadHawk black box cameras record on a constant loop, producing tagged events files when their G-Sensors are activated capturing the 20 seconds before a collision and the 10 seconds immediately after the impact in 1 easy to find tagged file. This makes it easy to send the relevant files to other parties, such as the Police or your insurer.
So which GPS camera system would we recommend for you and your vehicle? Here’s a quick overview of RoadHawk black box camera systems to help you decide.
The RoadHawk DC-1 – our most popular system is the forward facing DC-1 accident camera for both commercial and public vehicle owners. With its 120 wide angle lens it captures everything that occurs in the driver’s field of vision and audio from within the vehicle. Invisible LED illumination produces better image quality in low light, so night or day the DC-1 will provide reliable evidence of any event.
RoadHawk RH-2 – with its dual camera you can now protect your vehicle and driver in 1 compact unit system. With 310 degrees of surveillance from the forward facing and in vehicle facing cameras you can record footage from in and around the vehicle. The RH-2 provides footage from within the vehicle at the time of an incident to show what the driver was doing. For commercial vehicles this also means that you can protect your drivers from physical and verbal abuse.
Taking the RH-2 dual camera crash recorder to the next level is the RH-2 PRO. This is the perfect choice for taxis and private hire vehicles looking for a cost effective taxi CCTV system to protect their vehicle and drivers. The flexibility and easy access of the external T-box means that vehicles with multiple drivers can change USB memory instantly and effectively manage their journeys. The RH-2 PRO captures everything that happens in and out of the vehicle and securely stores this information even if the cameras were removed.
For driver instructors looking for a video aid to help their students we have put together the RH-2 PRO Driver Training Camera Kit which offers all the benefits of GPS car camera which the option to evaluate and review video footage of a drivers manoeuvres on a handy 7 inch playback screen. This kit also offers an added revenue stream through the sale of branded USB sticks through the flexibility of the external USB t-box recorder.
Being proactive and documenting any road traffic accidents with a black box recorder is the best way to keep your insurance premiums under control and protect your no claims bonus by showing who was at fault.