Over on the Hooniverse Podcast, we’ve been talking about dashcams recently. That’s because my podcast co-host Ron Baugh randomly captured an amazing moment of karma. He was driving along in a convoy heading to SEMA when a driver in a car not related to the group chucked a cup of soda out their window towards an Acura NSX that was in the convoy. Not a nice thing to do. But a moment later, the soda chucker had a relatively low-speed impact with the car in front of it as it didn’t pay attention to traffic slowing and stopping. Ron caught both incidents on the camera.
Note: Music from inside the car is playing in the video below.
Since that happened, Ron and I have been more interested in dashcams. The good folks at NextBase reached out right around this same time and sent over a few models to try. I’m having one installed in the Montero right now, and it actually has image stabilization so NextBase is marketing it to the off-road crowd as it seems it’s proving good at capturing trail runs. I’ll also install a lesser model in the Jag, and Ron is installing a pair in two of his vehicles as well.
I’ve wanted a dashcam for a while now. It’s just an extra set of eyes to have your back in case something bad happens and not everyone is honest about it. And I’ll report the highs and lows of anything I find after I get my Montero back from the installation booth (I’m also finally upgrading the sound system in the truck, which is something I’ve wanted to do as long as I’ve owned it.)
So do any of you have dashcams installed? If so, which model do you run, and what’s your experience been like?