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  • #16
    I also have a Garmin and it has been working well for 2 years.

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    • #17
      We never installed a dashcam. But we did activate the dashcam system on Tesla when it first came out, and captured this the very first weekend .

      https://youtu.be/xrQmoZJYU-o

      Use the sentry mode routinely now too.

      Still haven't setup any dashcam in any other car.

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      • #18
        If you have a powered rearview mirror I suggest a BlackVue model dash cam and then buy a wiretap unit to power the dash cam directly from the rearview mirror. It’s pretty simply and straight forward to install.

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        • #19




          We never installed a dashcam. But we did activate the dashcam system on Tesla when it first came out, and captured this the very first weekend .



          Use the sentry mode routinely now too.

          Still haven’t setup any dashcam in any other car.
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          Well that could have gone worse!  Did you give the guy the footage?  Or did the car pull over

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          • #20
            Interesting vid.  Looks like the motorcycle got in the guys blind spot at the last minute.  I suppose the car is technically at fault, but that's a tough one to have avoided.

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            • #21
              Didn't help that the driver kept going--- hit and run.  Went to trial last month and last minute plea deal.  We were subpoenaed but never called.  The full footage showed pretty clear guy took off.

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              • #22




                Interesting vid.  Looks like the motorcycle got in the guys blind spot at the last minute.  I suppose the car is technically at fault, but that’s a tough one to have avoided.
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                Super bad form on the part of the rider.  It almost looks like the guy wanted to be hit.  The whole maneuver looks like it was effected in the audi's blind spot.

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                • #23
                  I had one that I got from China a few years ago after reading about it extensively. Two issues.

                  1. The cord is super long and I had to use one of those masking tapes to bring t all around to the cigarette lighter power supply. It kept coming off. Now it is lost.

                  2. In the hot South East summers the inside of the car will be cooking and I would find the dash cam had fallen off the windshield and lying on the dashboard or even on the floor. After multiple attempts I gave up and the Cam is somewhere in the house.

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                  • #24
                    I got this Blackvue about a year ago and really like it. Will record at 4k or 1080. It has a separate rear camera.

                    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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                    • #25
                      mine is paired with a radar detector (escort sells the duo) so on the one hand, i’ve got video. on the other hand, its not usable a lot of the time as the recorded speeds would land me in trouble

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                      • #26
                        I just don't understand either of those drivers. Sorry, I do not get it. The car is tail gaiting and is going to switch lanes and try to go over a safe speed (there is no where to go really) I guess they might save 5 maybe 10 minutes max and I doubt they are going to start an aortic dissection or a code stroke. The motor cycle is about to go between the two cars. I know in CA and other states they are allowed to "lane share" and go down the center line and blast down: "the 5" during rush hour but is that really a great idea? Blasting between cars who are stuck in traffic while you have no "outer shell"
                        My goodness, no wonder we cannot get people to social distance, or act rational without strict rules in the super market. We are indeed flawed biased emotional overconfident pattern seeking primates. That highway makes my covid call last night seem safe! EMH? Really? Maybe I am getting old, but I find people (myself included) to be less and less rational.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Tangler View Post
                          The car is tail gaiting and is going to switch lanes and try to go over a safe speed (there is no where to go really)
                          Yeah I don't miss commuting in Boston one bit. (though i think StarTrekDoc is in CA)

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                          • #28
                            Yep CA. Idiots on the road everyday. The worst is the guy didn't stop after hitting the cyclist.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by MSooner View Post
                              I'm curious as to what this crowd thinks of dash cams and if anyone has one/has ever found one helpful.

                              A few years ago my husband was involved in a 4 car accident on the way to work. Insurance took care of it...and then someone who literally pulled over 1/2 mile down the road claimed they were involved. It was one of those classic horror stories--no one could figure out how on earth he was involved, including the police. He had no license and it was a disaster. Told my husband he had been in an accident the week before, the only damage on his car was taped up with duct tape, later claimed no medical issues prior to the accident but was literally on the way to the VA for surgery. In a nutshell, insurance offered him money to settle, he called a lawyer on the back of the phone book and three years later (after depositions and 3 court dates) he finally settled for the original amount the night before the plaintiff's final chance at trial. The whole thing was incredible (even to the lawyers) and not exactly fun.

                              Since then we occasionally talk about getting dash cams. In fact we did yesterday.

                              Then today I went to the car wash--one of those automatic ones where you drive onto a track and put your car in neutral. I was in between two cars in the middle of the wash when something happened--either the car in front of me did something to get themselves stuck or the whole wash malfunctioned. The rollers kept going and I was slammed into the car in front of me and a giant pickup behind me was slammed into me. This kept going til I started frantically honking and someone turned the wash off. When I got out I saw the truck had cracked my bumper and smashed in my trunk door. Of course the car in front of me left before I even got out of the wash. The manager told the guy in the truck I had damage, but apparently just said, "Wasn't my fault" and left before I could get to him. Of course the car wash claims it wasn't their fault either. I filed a police report and found out the wash keeps video, but it sounds like my chances of getting it are low. So I'm likely out the deductible.

                              At any rate, that has no been two situations where a dashcam might have helped and I'm starting to seriously consider it--especially with a husband nearly an attending complete with a new target on his back.
                              Dash cams seem like a good idea to me IF you control the footage. I wouldn't want the footage to be accessible to anyone else like an insurance company, the auto manufacturer, police, etc. So if the dash cam is built into the car from the manufacturer, then they would also have access to the footage (whether they tell you this or not). But, if you install something after market, and therefor fully control who can see the footage so it doesn't invade your privacy, then a dash cam seems like a good idea.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Practice View Post

                                Dash cams seem like a good idea to me IF you control the footage. I wouldn't want the footage to be accessible to anyone else like an insurance company, the auto manufacturer, police, etc. So if the dash cam is built into the car from the manufacturer, then they would also have access to the footage (whether they tell you this or not). But, if you install something after market, and therefor fully control who can see the footage so it doesn't invade your privacy, then a dash cam seems like a good idea.
                                Of course it is always better when you can pick and choose what to reveal.
                                 

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