Pakistan Bureau of Statistic reports that annually more than 9000 accidents occur on the roads of Pakistan, causing a death toll of around 4500. Well this is alarming, as there are numerous more which remain un-accounted due to sluggish reporting. This number projects that almost 25 vehicles a day are subjected to crash across the country, and any one of us may be the next victim.
Frequency of accidents depends upon multiple factors; from reckless drivers to unbothered pedestrians, all summate in making this number extremely high. Good drivers do take all the measures they can to ensure a safe journey, but it’s not always you who may get you and your loved ones caught in a wreckage. Speaking in a broader term, no satisfactory system exists in our country, which is able to identify the true culprit of a resulted accident, virtually making no one responsible for the act. Furthermore, there are reported cases in which one is apparently made responsible for a wreckage due to lack of legal proof, making him pay for someone else’s negligence.
For years, Dashboard Cameras have gained popularity in US, in several parts of Europe and especially in Russia, to prevent drivers from situations like these. You must have seen a bunch of accident videos from Russia by now. Dashboard Cameras or dash cams for short are commonly mounted on windscreens or sun visors to record all the activity on the roads while the vehicle has elapsed travel. Few car manufacturers also offer a built-in vehicle surround activity cam as an additional feature to aid the drivers.
These cams are a reliable source of video evidence if a vehicle or the driver is subjected to a mishap on the road. They can be used to identify the real source of an accident, making the authorities charge the right personal. Some Dash Cams come with the facility of Internet based recoding, meaning if your car is parked in a parking lot, you can view what your Dash Cam has in front of its eye from your laptop/phone in your workplace. This can be used as a safety feature in case of theft in your own, or someone else’s car in the proximity of your Dash Cam.
In Pakistan, Dash Cam have been available for quite some time now, but have not gained popularity in the general public. That may be due to the ignorant nature of the local motorists. I personally believe that this little investment will not go unworthy in the present road conditions of our country. Garmin is selling good products in Pakistan now and you may get a basic Dash Cam model for 15 grand. Also if you want to buy some cheap, something Chinese, there are cams available in market that will not cost you more than 7000 PKR. Latest Navigation Modules for automobiles also have the Dash Cam recording options available in them. There are models with more added features like monitoring performance figures like acceleration, braking and also lateral G-force measurement when the car corners. The rear-view mirror replacement type model is gaining popularity which is mounted in place of the OEM rear view mirror. It has a recording camera facing the road side and the screen which when turned off acts as a mirror. The trunk camera for reverse can also be connected with this module which then records the whole front and rear ends of the vehicle.
I reckon that more options will be made available in the near future if motorists recognize the added security benefits of this system in their vehicles. This little gadget can make a meaningful difference if you get caught in a dreadful situation.