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August 6, 2015

Best BuyStaff Writer

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is a video worth?

We’ve all seen something on the road we wish we caught on film. Whether it’s driving to or from work, running errands or going on a road trip, you never know when a dash cam might come in handy.

Dash cams are compact cameras that can be used to record 24/7 video from the view of your windshield. They’ve been used in police cars for years, and now you can use one to capture the picturesque scenery on your summer road trip and provide an “eyewitness account” in the case of an accident. (Some even come with safety features such as lane-departure warnings.)

Here are three reasons why dash cams are the device you didn’t know you needed, until now:

1. Accidents – Getting in a car accident can be a headache, but filing insurance claims and playing a game of he said, she said can be a whole lot less stressful if you have a dash cam. A dash cam can help determine who was really at fault in an accident.

2. Road trips – There’s nothing more fun than a cross-country road trip with family or friends. And who says that the sights you’re seeing and memories you’re making need to be fleeting? With a dash cam, you can record your entire journey.

3. Catching the unexpected – Dash cams can give you some peace of mind when it comes to accidents, but what about all those other crazy things you see on the road, like whacky license plates or an animal jumping in front of the car? Dash cams have even captured footage of a meteor and a plane crash.

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If you want to learn more, select Best Buy stores have interactive displays of the latest dash cams from THINKWARE, Magellan and Uniden. You can pick one up for between $79.99 and $299.99 at Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com, and installation by a Geek Squad Autotech is only $49.99.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to give a dash cam a test drive.

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