IT seems that I run into more than my fair share of wackos in this world and driving down the road is no exception. I am seriously considering a dash cam and was wondering if there are legal or other implications I need to consider before doing so. I see some in the $200 range that record broadcast quality HD video but I am considering something in the $35-50 range to start out. If I upgrade, the cheaper one will be moved to a different car that isn’t driven as much and not be a waste. I live in Missouri for legal and climate considerations. It can be very hot and humid here in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. I know some use batteries while others have capacitors.
My big questions are.
- What non-technical implications such as legal considerations should I consider?
- I know there are review sites but does anyone have a suggestion based on experience for an inexpensive model as well as a higher-end one?
I had a beat up van pull out in front of me the other day. I had to practically lock of the brakes to avoid hitting it. I then changed lanes to the left lane to pass it as it was going very slow. Then it changed without signaling, cutting me off so I had to hit the brakes again. Then it got up to a decent speed but them SLAMMED on its own brakes in the left lane, came to a complete stop, and then made a right turn across the right lane of traffic into a parking lot without looking or signaling. The right lane had to slam on the brakes too this time. It would be nice to have video record of this kind of driving and just take it to the cops on a CD or flash drive.
On the other hand, someone told me to destroy the memory card if I were to ever get into an accident where I was at fault while using one of these.