A dashcam is a small in-vehicle camera system mounted on your fleet windscreen to record everything in front and rear of the driver.
Choosing the right dashcam is essential, but it’s equally necessary to ensure it’s fitted properly. The insurance company can disregard your footage, and you cannot make claims if your fleet dashcam is ill-fitted, and you may also be breaking the law.
There are strict rules imposed to fit any in-vehicle equipment, and drivers should be responsible for abiding by them.
If the fitted dashcam obstructs drivers’ vision, they are liable to pay the applicable charges. This article will guide you on how to fit a dashcam in your fleet and ensure you get it right the first time.
How to install a dashcam in a fleet?
Fleetspeak will help you understand how to fit a dashcam in your fleet properly and what processes you can follow to fit it at your convenience.
Choosing the right place to fit the dashcam
Fitting right in the middle of the windscreen is a proper choice if your dashcam has a duel facing (front and rear) camera.
If opted for the more advanced four sides capturing dashboard cameras, they can be attached to your fleet’s front, back, and both sides to get the full 360-degree view for the driver.
Prepping the installation area
Before installing the dashboard camera, it’s vital to ensure the driver’s field of vision is not getting interfered with while driving. It’s a general rule of thumb to fit the equipment on the top centre of the windshield.
Before installing, understand the below two procedures according to your convenience and keep the required tools with you.
There are two ways you can install your dashcam. Firstly through the 12v cigarette lighter installation, considered the easiest, and secondly, through the hardwire kit as the neatest method.
- Cigarette lighter installation
- Hardwire Installation
Cigarette lighter installation
Follow the steps below to install your dashcam with a 12V power supply:
- Guide the pre-provided dashcam cable around your windscreen.
- Tuck the 4m cable across the top and down sides of your windshield, so it stays tidier and out of the driver’s sight.
- Attach the suction cup to the windshield. (most of the time, it’s behind the rare view mirror on the passenger side.)
Remember: The area around the fitted dashcam has to be clear, as it will capture the best road view.
- Plug and move
- Portable to connect/disconnect if you operate other vehicles.
- Easily reachable power supply.
- A spare cigarette lighter socket is required other than the one in use.
- The cable can still be visible.
Hardwire The Dash Cam Installation
If you want a more sophisticated installation approach, you can hardwire the dashcam using the easy and reliable fuse box connection. Any competent DIY user can do this installation if they provide the cable and can fit in for around £35.
- Position the dashcam through a suction mount where you can get a clear road view.
- Tuck the cable neatly across the windshield to avoid visual distraction.
- Find the fuse box inside the glove compartment.
- Remove any fuse in use and attach the pre-provided wire to the fuse box.
- Connect the earth cable to the chassis through a metal bolt directly.
Hardwiring can take just 20 mins of your schedule if done correctly. This method works conveniently if the driver is keen to keep the dashcam recording permanently in place and free the cigarette lighter socket.
- Technically all the wires can be hidden from sight.
- They are permanently connected.
- The cigarette lighter is kept unengaged.
- It takes around 20 minutes to install.
- It may require professional help.
If you’ve gone through the article, you’ll know if you need a hardwired or non-hard-wired installation. Understand the basics of dashcam insurance to claim the benefits for your fleet safety and how you can get the most out of it.