How to Use a Dash Cam: Vital Things to Remember
Using a dash camera is very simple, even though some cameras are designed to appear far more complicated than they actually are. Regardless of their simplicity, it’s extremely important that you understand how to use a dash cam before you start driving with one installed.
Knowing how to properly connect your camera, navigate through the settings, and make use of the added features that your camera comes with is going to help you get the most out of the camera, as well as ensure you are appropriately protected when using it.
Installing a Dash Camera
The first step is using your dash cam is knowing how to install it. Depending on the model that you purchase, the installation might vary. Before you install, be sure to check the user manual that comes with your dash camera so that you can follow the instructions accordingly.
In general, there are dash cam basic installation instructions that you can follow to get a better understanding of how the process works.
- Step One: Make sure that you have inserted your micro SD card into the slot on your dash camera before the final installation.
- Step Two: Connect your suction mount to the dash camera or stick your adhesive tape to the camera. The best place to mount your camera is to the windshield, but the dash panel is also a suitable spot depending on the size of your camera and your preference. If using the windshield, it’s always suggested that it is positioned at the center of the glass, directly behind your rearview mirror where it won’t obstruct your view.
- Step Three: Ensure that the charger cable and any other hard wires that come with your camera are plugged into the power socket. Some cables might be long, so you might need to tuck them beneath the rubber paneling around your vehicle’s door. If you require additional help, many automotive shops have employees trained to install your dash camera for you professionally.
- Step Four: Position your camera and mount it. Remember to check that there is no obstruction to the camera’s view by powering it on.
Navigating Through the Settings
After your camera has been properly mounted, you need to navigate through the settings to set your date and time as well as make any changes that you need, such as the time of video recordings. While settings on dash cameras vary depending on the model you have, you can typically access the settings by either the menu button, or by holding down the power button for a few seconds.
All information for making changes to the settings of your camera is going to be outlined in your user’s manual, so if you require additional help, be sure to refer to the booklet that your camera comes with. In some cases, dash cameras come with an app that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet. These apps sometimes have the ability to change the settings on the app by using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi. If your camera has that feature, it’s typically the easiest way to make adjustments.
Dash cameras work on a loop recording system, which means that unless footage is saved as a locked file, it’s going to get written over when space is needed on the micro SD card. The amount of footage that can be stored depends on the size of the micro SD card that you use. However, saving footage is quite simple and the manner in which you do it is quite universal.
Typically, the loop recording feature can lock files into place when the camera recognizes a collision. If you want to save the footage on your own, you can usually do so by pressing the emergency button on the camera. When this happens, the camera is designed to keep the segment of the recording.
The length of the recording is going to depend on the time you have pre-set. Most dash cameras can hold a maximum of a 32GB micro SD; thus, providing you with approximately three hours of recording time before it starts to rewrite.
Having a dash camera installed in your vehicle is hugely beneficial. Not only does it protect you, and anyone else who might drive your car, but it can also protect other people on the road in case you are a witness to another collision.
Knowing how to use a dash cam is critical when you install one. If you have used one before, it’s likely going to be very simple for you. However, if it’s your first time using a dash camera, there might be a bit of a learning curve at first.
The instruction manual that comes with your camera is going to be the most significant resource that you have at your disposal. Make sure that you refer to it before doing anything with your camera, so you’re confident that you understand how it works entirely.