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5 clever uses for a dash cam

5 clever uses for a dash cam
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There's a dash cam in every police officer's vehicle, but few people consider getting one for their own car. Maybe you've thought about getting one in the past, but wondered why you'd need it.

The truth is there are many uses for a dash cam — all of which will give you piece of mind whenever you're on the road. And considering the average American spends around 101 minutes per day in their car, that's a really good thing!

Whether you're commuting to work, or heading out on a cross-country road trip, here are five uses for a dash cam you may not have considered.

1. Documenting an accident

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about dash cams is likely documenting a car accident. You're not alone. Most people realize how beneficial a dash cam could be in the event of an accident. However, they convince themselves, "It won't happen to me."

Not to burst anyone's bubble, but road traffic crashes rank as the ninth cause of death globally. That's right up there with heart disease and cancer. Some crashes are alcohol related, while others are caused by speeding, running red lights, fatigue, cellphone use and just overall distraction.

In all honesty, the being on road is one of the most dangerous places a person can be. Yet far too often we treat it as if it weren't.

Fortunately, most car accidents aren't fatal, but they can still result in injury and serious financial hardship. But adding a dash cam is still the best insurance you could ever buy. It's like having an eye-witness riding shotgun wherever you go.

Don't believe us? Just take a look at some of the most shocking footage ever caught on a dash cam:

In the unfortunate event you're in a collision, you'll want documentation that proves you're not at fault. Otherwise, you could get stuck with a pricey traffic ticket. You could even be sued by the other party for damages caused to their car and personal medical expenses for their injuries. Plus, if you're at fault in an accident, you could get hit with higher insurance premiums.

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