Tips on How to Install a Dashcam

February 8, 2022

Dashcams are the modern solutions to manage fleets effortlessly with increased efficiency and speed. 

You get accurate information about the location of your fleet thanks to dashcams equipped with GPS, AI helps in preventing many accidents, and much more.

If you are moving with dashcams to manage your fleets, follow the guide to install a dashcam in your vehicle properly.

Also Read: Why You Should Have a Top Quality Camera

Selecting the Perfect Position for Your Dashcam

Selecting the right position for your dashcam is the first thing you should figure out to install a dashcam in vehicles. There are certain factors that can hinder the positioning of your dashcam. 

The width and length of your windscreen define the space if you can mount it over the dashcam or not. Other factors that you should keep in mind before installing are the length of your dashcam power cable, the size of the dashcam mount, and the scope of the dashcam lens( viewing angle).

It is really crucial to find a spot that gives proper footage of the driver and the road. Most people mount their dashcam at the corner of the steering wheel window. The key here is to mount your dashcam near the rearview mirror.

Well, at the end of the day getting a perfect position totally depends on your vehicle type and design. Some points that can help you in getting a perfect position to install your dashcam are-

  • The ideal position for a dashcam is from where your cam can record most of the road view.
  • Secondly, the dashcam should not move or jiggle while driving to capture a clear picture.
  • Thirdly the location of your dashcam depends on the power source as well.
  • Select an area that can give stability, a better and clear picture, and accessibility to the power source.

Getting the Proper Memory Storage Device

Next to selecting the proper place to mount the dashcam is the selection of a proper storage card for your fleet’s dashcam. 

Dashcam these days come with a high resolution or HD recording feature that takes a lot of storage to record videos.

On a daily basis, dashcams record many clips while fleets are on the run. To store these clips you should go for a higher storage SD card. The recommended data storage device for an HD cam is around 164 GB or higher. It allows proper recording for longer durations of time.

 In the case of a storage device with higher storage capacity, you cannot keep the recording with you for longer durations. Some tips to get the perfect storage card for your dashcam are-

Select the right size and shape as per the socket size provided in your dashcam.

You should select an SD card of the newer generation for the better storage of videos and moving frames as lowe generation SD cards do not support HD recording of videos and sound. The recommended  SD card generation is as follows-

  • If you want to capture only images with your dashcams then SD card 9f 7th generation or lower is ideal for you.
  • For HD video recording, SD cards of the 10th generation or higher are the best.

Connecting The Dash Cam to the Power Source

The next and major step to set up your dashcam in fleets is connecting the cam to a power socket in your vehicle. There is one exception as many modern dash cams come with an inbuilt battery or rechargeable battery. In cases of this type of dashcam, there is no need to set up any cable connection in your vehicle.

Well, now if you are having a regular dashcam that comes with a power cable to set up. You need to connect your cam to your vehicle’s power socket. Usually, there are three sockets that provide access to a power source. These are the socket for lighting cigarettes, direct hardwire connecting to the battery and another way is to place a portable battery.

Some Tips for Selecting the Right Power Source/Socket

Your first priority should be to connect your dashcam directly to your car battery using a wire. It is the best power source and keeps the dashcam at work whenever the fleet management system is running on the roads. 

There is less chance that your dashcam power-offs while working due to power failure when connected to a car battery.

The second alternative is to connect your dashcam with a portable battery. You should maintain a spare portable battery in your vehicle so that you can replace it when required. 

A portable battery needs constant charging to supply a regular power supply. It is advised to keep a power bank with you as it can help in charging your battery in an emergency situation.

Summing it up

Dashcam installation requires proper knowledge of the device and the right tools to get the work done. 

Following this guide with some trial and error on your part will help you in setting your dashcam yourselves. Go and install your cam today, Good luck!

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