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September 2017

Family Tech

One thing that parents usually don’t look forward to come September is the return to the heavy traffic which inevitably returns when the kids go back to school.

When driving with our children in the car, safety comes first. We make sure we have the correct booster seat and seatbelts are all fitted correctly, but with so many cars on the road and our frequent wet and difficult driving conditions, no matter how cautious and good a driver you think you are, accidents inevitably do happen. For that reason, having the peace of mind of an extra safety precaution in the background seems like a very sensible idea.

Fitting a dash cam, or dashboard camera, has become increasingly popular over the past few years because of the numerous benefits. The camera is mounted on the dashboard of your car, and is designed to record sounds and images while you are driving of every detail that takes place inside and outside of your car. But what are the biggest benefits?

The most obvious of course is that you will have firsthand evidence if you do have an accident. If a collision takes place you can send the video as evidence, ending any debate about what really happened and making your insurance claim easier to handle. Another good reason is to help in the reporting of reckless and irresponsible drivers – again you will have a recording of the incident, should you decide to inform the police of their behaviour. You can leave it on to film if you are concerned that someone may scrape your car while you are parked, but a much nicer reason to purchase is to have a recording of all those special family road trips, capturing all those magic moments which you can then watch again and again when nostalgia kicks in.

We tested out the Philips ADR 810 Dash Cam which is described as ‘ideal’ by the Good Housekeeping Institute and offers a sleek modern design to fit in with your car’s interior (dimensions are 106.7 x 50.0 x 32.5mm). It’s also super lightweight at only 83 grams. The automatic recording means there’s no need to spend ages setting it up each time, simply switch it on and drive, it’s as simple as that. It will capture clear footage, complete with audio that's in-sync with the picture and also has a clever alert in the form of a driver fatigue warning which alerts the driver if their tiredness is affecting the quality of their driving. We think an extra watchful eye over the family is a great idea on our busy roads and for the price of £139.99, definitely well worth the investment.

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