How to Install a Dash Cam: Dash Cam Installation Guide

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If you are considering implementing dash cam technology in your fleet but are worried about massive startup costs and effort, you can rest easy. Dash cams are pretty easy to install – you can do it yourself! Azuga’s AI SafetyCam installation takes just 20 seconds. Let’s discuss everything you need to know about installing dash cams, including how much it costs. 

How to Install a Dash Cam

Of course, every dash cam is different and will be installed in different ways. For this section, we will use Azuga’s AI SafetyCam as an example. 

When you receive this dash cam, it will come with the following: 

  • Azuga 4G device
  • 12V power adapter
  • SafetyCam mounting bracket
  • Extra bracket adhesive strips
  • Installation tool
  • Adhesive-backed cable holders

If you have everything you need, installation is a matter of 6 easy steps!

  1. Find your OBD-II port. It should be within two feet of the steering column. We’ve included a picture of what it looks like to make it easier to find. Once you’ve located it, plug in your Azuga 4G device. Within two minutes, the device should light up. 
  2. Now, decide where your camera should go. Keep in mind that there are laws regarding the placement of dash cams in many states. You can check your state’s laws here. If your state laws allow it, the recommended placement for your dash cam is centered below the rearview mirror. 
  3. It’s time to insert the mounting bracket into the slot on top of the camera. You may have to apply a little pressure. The camera can rotate, but the side facing the driver should have four LED indicator lights. 
  4. Next, adhere the camera to the windshield or dashboard. Ensure the area where you want to mount it is clean, and then remove the plastic covering from the mount’s adhesive strip. Press it firmly where you want to mount it. 
  5. Power the unit by plugging the micro-USB end of the power cord into the top of the camera. We’ve included cable holders that you can use to route the power cord and an installation tool to help you tuck the cord into joints and weather stripping. To get the best results with your camera, use a 12V socket that switches on with the engine. 
  6. Finally, turn on the ignition, and the four LED indicators on the camera will illuminate. 

Check out our video: Azuga OBD-II Plug-In Device Installation Guide, to see these steps in practice.

Should You Have Your Dash Cam Hardwired?

Hardwiring your dash cam means it will draw energy from your vehicle’s battery. Azuga’s SafetyCam has three methods of drawing power: hardwiring, the OBD-II method we mentioned above, or using a cigarette lighter adapter. 

The advantage of hardwiring your dash cam is that it can be turned on even when the vehicle engine is off. Your first question is likely: will this drain my battery? And the answer is no! Dash cams consume very minimal power from your vehicle’s battery. It is the most difficult way to install a dash cam and may take more time, but if you want to use the device when the vehicle is off, it is your best option. 

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Dash Cam?

The big question is always cost! How much does it cost to install a dash cam for your fleet? Of course, like everything else, this depends on the specific dash cam you choose to buy. Dash cams for truckers often cost between $80 and $500. The average is $100 to $250 per dash cam. Azuga’s SafetyCam is purchased as a contract for 36 months at $29.99 a month. Luckily, as long as you purchase a dash cam that’s easy to install, you won’t have to worry about the costs of installing it!

Pair Your Dash Cam with the Best Fleet Management Software

Azuga doesn’t just offer state-of-the-art dash cams. We have a wide variety of fleet management technologies, including comprehensive fleet management software that helps managers handle all aspects of the job more easily. Our fleet management software includes fleet tracking, route planning, maintenance alerts, driver rewards, and so much more! Schedule a meeting with one of our experts to try a demo of our software and see how we can help you accomplish your goals!