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Dash cam popularity soars in the United States

Posted April 18, 2017 4:45 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2017 6:50 p.m. EDT

— Dash cams have long been popular with drivers internationally. Now, the popularity in the United States is soaring with drivers who want to protect themselves.

"A dash cam can provide evidence and be used by an insurance company to prove that you weren't liable, that the other person was at fault," Michelle Naranjo said.

If a driver were to accidentally hit a pedestrian, a dash cam could prove the driver's innocence.

Most insurance companies accept dash cam video from policyholders to help with an accident claim.

The videos can also be useful in disputes over racial profiling by police and if a car is damaged while parked.

Consumer Reports said it's important to get a high-definition camera with a resolution of at least 1080p.

It's also important to prioritize low light capability for when it's dark outside.

Those interested should also get one with at least 32 gigabytes of memory.

Make sure it comes with long loop times. Five minute files are best, so the camera does not record over essential video.

While dash cams can give you peace of mind, know your video can also be used against you.

It is important to recognize that states differ in laws surrounding dash cams.

If you have a dash came, make sure to check the state’s laws around audio and placement before traveling.