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RAC survey shows use of in-cab cameras has more than doubled in the past year

The number of UK motorists using dash cams to record their journeys has more than doubled in the past year to 2.9 million.

The RAC research suggests the recording device is the latest must-have in-car gadget as more than half (52%) of motorists are currently considering purchasing one, placing it at the top of this year’s Christmas car tech wish-list.

Also topping this year’s wanted list are parking sensor kits (42%), hands-free phone kits (25%) and sat navs (20%) which all pay a role in assisting those behind the wheel.

Results show almost a quarter (24%) of motorists think having a dash cam installed would improve their driving.

In addition, one in five (20%) of those surveyed have previously been involved in an accident where there was a dispute over who was at fault, 69% of whom believe a dash cam would have helped them solve their case.

Lynn Hayzelden, head of retail for RAC, said: “We have seen a surge in the number of dash cams purchased from racshop.co.uk in 2015 and, as the results suggest, this is a trend that shows no sign of slowing down.

“Not only do dash cams encourage safer driving and provide excellent protection against insurance fraud, they can also now save you money on your car insurance."

The RAC Shop survey also shows that men are three times more likely to own a dash cam (13%) than women (4%).

And, findings indicate that older drivers appear to be the most tech savvy, as the majority (22%) of motorists that already own a dash cam are aged 50 and over, followed by those aged 35-39 (6%).



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