Road safety fears leading to increased dash-cam usage, survey suggests
A new survey has found that 17% of drivers currently use a dash-cam, while a further 30% plan to use one in the near future.
The Aviva insurance survey forms part of the insurer's ‘Connected Car’ report, which investigates drivers’ views about in-car technology and innovations in motoring.
The survey of more than 2,000 motorists shows that of those planning to invest in a dash-cam, 42% said they ‘feel safer’ when using one.
76% of those who own or intend to own a dash-cam said their motive for using the technology was for proof in the event of a collision - with a third expressing particular concern over fraudulent motor claims such as ‘crash for cash’.
The survey also suggests that there is a ‘clear love of technology to enhance life behind the wheel’, with 74% of respondents saying they use some form of tech device as part of their driving experience.
Of those who don’t use in-car tech devices, 65% feel confident in their driving abilities without additional devices and 33% are put off by the cost.
The study also suggests that more people could be relying on their phones to double-up as a motoring-related gadget in the future, rather than using a specific device. 6% of drivers say they use their mobile phones instead of bespoke appliances, however this rises to 16% among drivers aged 17-34 years.
Paul Heybourne, head of digital innovation operations at Aviva says: “Innovation is having a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, and driving is no exception. Technology is helping to make journeys safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable.
“In some cases, devices such as telematics are helping to make motoring cheaper, the prevalence of GPS and navigation in our cars and on our smartphones has made map-reading a thing of the past for many car users, and dash cams are helping drivers feel safer.
“However, while smartphone driving apps can support safer driving, other phone habits such as messaging and checking social media can be a dangerous distraction, potentially with devastating results.”
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