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Old May 16, 17, 11:48 am
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Dash cam?

After almost being hit today by someone who blew right through a red light at an intersection, I'm considering getting a dash cam. Anybody use one and have any thoughts/experiences/recommendations they'd like to share? Thanks in advance!
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Old May 16, 17, 12:07 pm
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Seems like you can't be a member on SlickDeals without owning a dash cam (or GoPro, or brushless drill driver, or DSLR camera with at least 30 lenses).
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Old May 16, 17, 12:52 pm
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What good would it do you? Chances are you can't get the license plate.

I can't see getting something that offers no real benefit and is a magnet for thieves.
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Old May 16, 17, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Mary2e View Post
What good would it do you? Chances are you can't get the license plate.

I can't see getting something that offers no real benefit and is a magnet for thieves.
Seems to me it would be useful in proving who had the right of way when someone runs a red light or otherwise ignores traffic controls. Otherwise without any 3rd party witnesses it's just your word against the other driver's.
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IMHO, it's a waste of money.
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Old May 16, 17, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Mary2e View Post
IMHO, it's a waste of money.
You're probably right but a close call makes you wonder if there's anything more you should be doing to protect yourself, even if only from a fault standpoint.
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I use Vantrue N2 and it works well. Quality is good (better during the day time.)

I was involved in a hit-and-run where the other driver ran away from scene of accident and after two months of back-and-forth, his insurance coughed up 100% of the damages. And that happened because I had video evidence showing it was their driver who hit my car. So my dash-cam has already paid for itself many times over.

Capturing license plate is not a problem during day-light, but can be tricky at night time...though not impossible in many scenarios. But at the end of the day it is better than having nothing at all. Go for it.
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Old May 16, 17, 2:37 pm
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Just thinking about this
I was starting through intersection when a car started moving on the right hand street against a red light
Driver looked to be a woman in her 80's who was startled when I blew my horn

If she did collide with me I would have only my word that I had green light
Dash cam would help
About what is the cost? Wondering if any cars come equipped with these . Most cars now have a gps and a dash cam would be great
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Old May 16, 17, 3:40 pm
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I usually run one when I have a rental car. They can be hard on sd cards with the constant overwrites.
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I'm getting a GoPro for hiking and mountain climbing. Thoughts about how those work as a dashcam, since I'll have it anyhow?

(And while we're at it, though it's a bit off topic, thoughts on GoPro vs. Nikon KeyMission would be welcome as well.)
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You're probably right but a close call makes you wonder if there's anything more you should be doing to protect yourself, even if only from a fault standpoint.
That's why husband got his. Get one i say.
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Just upgraded my dash cam yesterday based on a Tweet by a tornado chaser (figured they would be experts at them!):


The Wheel Witness at Amazon was on sale for $100.00 for one day (now it's $125.00): WheelWitness dash cam - it's a great camera (even though have had it only for two days)

Replaced my ~2 year old DVR-207 dash cam
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Originally Posted by bowdenj View Post
Just upgraded my dash cam yesterday based on a Tweet by a tornado chaser (figured they would be experts at them!):

Tweet from storm chaser re: dash cam

The Wheel Witness at Amazon was on sale for $100.00 for one day (now it's $125.00): WheelWitness dash cam - it's a great camera (even though have had it only for two days)

Replaced my ~2 year old DVR-207 dash cam
There's a promo now that gets you 20% off; use code HOB5WUVS at checkout. I just tried it and got the $99 price. Didn't actually place the order though, as I already have a dash cam I'm not using
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I have a dash cam I paid 15 dollars for. Works just fine and can read the license plates. There are about 6 of us on this job site with the same camera, no issues.

Now on sale for 12 dollars.

http://https://www.amazon.com/gp/pro...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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You have a typo in your link. Corrected: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053DDNW6/
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