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Dash cams should be on Christmas list, says Association of British Insurers

Buying a dash cam for Christmas could help drivers save money and inconvenience when it comes to proving liability in insurance claims.

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The ABI says drivers should look at the benefits of dash cams.

So says the Association of British Insurers as it advocates the benefits of dash cams when it comes to confirming where any fault may lay and thereby speeding up the handling of a claim. Last year saw insurers deal with 833,000 motor accident claims that involved more than one driver – equating to more than 2,000 claims every single day.

The ABI has also highlighted how dash cams can protect drivers from being the latest victim of staged accident gangs and can lead to cheaper car insurance.

Recent research by Aviva found that almost one in five (17%) of drivers currently use a dashcam, while a further 30% of motorists plan to use one in the near future – of the latter, 84% intend to invest in the technology within the next year. And according to Accident Exchange, dash cam footage is increasingly playing a vital role in helping to speed up claims processes and cut down on the number of disputes.

Ben Howarth, ABI’s senior policy adviser, motor and liability, said: “There are not many Christmas buys that can quickly more than pay for themselves. A dash cam is not just for Christmas, but is your in-car eye witness providing evidence that can save your thousands of pounds every time you get behind the wheel. Shop around and read online reviews to make sure that you buy a reliable model.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.