Everyone is talking about dash cameras for their cars, especially rideshare drivers. It is a great way to protect yourself. It can prove you were not at fault in an accident. You can show Uber or Lyft footage of an unruly rider not wearing a mask or acting inappropriately. It can also provide evidence of your actions if you were pulled over by the police and so much more.
There are so many models out there it can be overwhelming. So what are the features that are a must have us drivers?
Price – DashCam models can start out at $50. and move on up to more than $400.. However, most of the features you may want as a rideshare driver can be found in the $200 range.
Easy installation – No one wants to read a book or need a computer science degree in order to install your camera in your car and the app on your phone.
Video quality – 720p is pretty standard but you might want to consider 1080p. It allows you to zoom in on a face or license plate. Some models in the upper price range offering 4k but that is more of a luxury than a necessity.
Parking Mode – We all have to leave our cars unattended from time to time. This mode will automatically start recording the moment it senses a vibration.
Dual Cameras – You also want a model that has a camera facing forward to record any kind of traffic incidents you may encounter and one that is rear facing to catch the activities of an unruly rider.
Wireless streaming – This is a nice to have feature because it allows you to view footage from your camera without having to remove a memory card.
Dash cams can be found at many of the big box stores or online. For this kind of purchase, I prefer Costco because of their excellent return policy, and they never charge a restocking fee! Even though they do require a membership fee, the services they offer make it worth the price.
As more of us return to rideshare, protecting ourselves has never been more important!