There are lots of different types of dash cams on the market. We discuss all of the different kinds in our Dash Cam Buyers Guide. One of the dash cam configurations in that guide is a rear-facing dash cam. Rear-facing dash cams are installed near the license plate and record what is happening behind the vehicle when the driver is operating in reverse. It may be hard to see how this would be useful immediately, so let’s break it down.
Benefits of a Rear View Dash Cam
Captures Rear View Accidents: The first thing you likely think of in answer to this question is rear-end accidents. This is true! Rear dash cams do record when someone rear ends you. The driver in front is usually not considered at fault in these cases. However, if the person that hits your vehicle tells a different story, you have dash cam footage to back you up.
Prevents Hit-and-Runs: Consider a hit-and-run rear-ending accident. How can you ever find the person that hit you? A high-resolution dash cam can capture the events and the other driver’s license plate number.
Captures Other Accidents: You can also help others with your dash cam. If an accident occurs behind you, you will have footage that shows the events. This will help protect the person who is not at fault and explain precisely what happened.
Deters Tailgaters: Some drivers report that tailgaters will back off once they see you have a rear-view dash cam. This means that the cameras don’t only help after an accident but can prevent them in the first place.
How to Use a Rear View Dash Cam
There are many configurations when for viewing footage on a rear-view dash cam. If your dash cam has a screen, you can view your front view or rear views on that screen. Some models split the screen so you can see both simultaneously.
Some dash cams save data to an SD card installed in the device. However, dash cams with internet connectivity can automatically upload footage to the cloud. This way, it is always accessible and easier to keep for longer.
If a dash cam is hardwired to your vehicle’s fuse box, you can even capture footage while the vehicle is parked.
Azuga’s Dash Cam Solution
Azuga’s state-of-the-art dash cam solution uses artificial intelligence. This means it records what’s happening, and can alert you to events that may lead to an accident in real time. The one camera records both what is happening in the cab and on the road. You can connect the system with an auxiliary camera to get rear- view footage.You can connect up to three cameras to get side views as well. Connect your dash cam to our comprehensive fleet management software to achieve your fleet’s safety goals. If boosting fleet safety is a priority, schedule a demo with one of our experts to discuss how we can work together.