If an accident occurs without witnesses, the ordeal can degrade into a bitter battle of he-said-she-said; the same goes for a speeding ticket, or any other traffic violation.
The best way to protect yourself is with a dash cam to record your driving, but what if you don’t have the time or resources to purchase a dedicated camera?
Crashes Are Costly and Common
Well over 2 million people are injured in car crashes every year; this comes with a host of associated expenses, particularly if victims aren’t able to verify the offenders’ liability to insurance companies.
You always hope that nothing like a serious car crash will happen to you, but why not be prepared for the worst? Most people have an old phone collecting dust in a drawer, and you can put that phone to use as a makeshift dash cam.
Fashioning Your Phone as A Camera
You don’t need many things to turn an old phone into a dash cam, as far as hardware goes: just a phone, some sort of dash or windshield mount, and a charging cable that can reach from you mounted phone to your car’s outlet.
An old phone is preferable because you don’t run the risk of receiving a call or some other notification that could interrupt the camera feed.
Once you have these items, you can select a dash cam app. An app is preferable for several reasons: it won’t require you to continuously clear out the storage on your phone from recording directly, you can set preferences for how long you want to keep the footage stored.
These simple steps may prove critical to proving your innocence in an accident, or verifying your claims with insurance companies. In any case, you’ll be glad to have had a dash cam.