One in five drivers now has a dashcam, AA finds
Fears about "crash for cash" fraudsters have helped to prompt a surge in the proportion of motorists owning a dashcam, a survey of AA members suggests.
A fifth (20%) of drivers own a dashcam - and 51% expressed an interest in having one, the AA, which commissioned a survey of over 21,000 members, found.
Five years ago, just 1% of members had a dashcam, the AA said.
The main reason for having a dashcam, given by 60% of those who own one, was to help establish liability in the event of a crash.
A quarter (25%) of dashcam owners said their greatest concern is to protect themselves against cash for crash fraudsters, who stage accidents in order to make insurance claims.
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Young drivers aged 17 to 24 are most likely to have a dashcam, with over-65s being the next most likely age group, the research found.
Men were more likely than women to say they have a dashcam.
One in 20 (5%) of dashcam owners got one to reduce their insurance premiums, 3% wanted to record possible thefts or collisions while parked, 2% bought one to record bad behaviour by other drivers which they could highlight online, and 1% have a dashcam "because I like gadgets".
The AA said that as well as helping insurers, dashcams can also be a useful tool for the police.
Janet Connor, the AA's director of insurance said: "Data is king in the event of a collision and dashcam footage provides proper, reliable evidence that can establish fault."
She said: "While we are all familiar with dashcam footage loaded on to social media, only 2% of AA members said that this was their motivation.
"Overwhelmingly, drivers say their key reason for using one is to provide evidence in the event of a collision, thus protecting their insurance."
Ms Connor continued: "Several insurance fraudsters have been brought to book thanks to camera evidence."