These days, it’s probably safe to say that one of the most sophisticated devices that most people own isn’t actually in their home at all — it’s located in the car parked in the driveway. Dash camera technology has come an incredibly long way in the last few years, all while becoming more affordable at the same time. The devices of even a decade ago were fairly passive in nature — they could record short volumes of medium-quality footage and be good for their day, but they also left a lot to be desired, too.
Car Dash Camera
Flash forward to the present, and these devices are still finding new ways to innovate. Some stream footage over the Internet, for example, which is perfect for situations where a parent might want to keep an eye on their teenage driver while still giving them the freedom to remain fairly independent. But one of the most important features that a modern-day dash camera can have is also, curiously, the one that people often know the least about.

The “Parking Mode” feature present on most dash cameras doesn’t just help capture movement around your car in everyday situations. It could also record critical evidence if someone damages your car while it’s parked, or even in the unfortunate event that it gets stolen.

Your Dash Camera’s Parking Mode: Breaking Things Down

On the surface, the dash camera “Parking Mode” feature is exactly what it sounds like — something that snaps into action only after your car’s engine has been off and the vehicle has been stationary for a short amount of time. Once activated, it uses a series of motion detectors to sense movement happening in front of, behind and on the sides of your vehicle. If it detects any kind of motion whatsoever, it will immediately begin recording footage.

Most people don’t realize that this feature is working at all because, by design, it is fairly low profile in nature. If someone walks by your car and it starts recording, but nothing untoward actually happens, you’ll likely never even know the footage was there. It will naturally be recorded over in the future the next time you take a drive.

If something terrible DOES start to happen, however, that’s when the feature will instantly prove its worth.

Say, for example, you’re parked on the street outside of local business and someone tries to parallel park in front of you. Maybe they come a little too close and hit your front bumper. Accidents happen, but even if that person were to drive off, you’d still have crystal-clear footage of the incident in question AND the license plate of the other driver.

Likewise, if someone attempts to break into your car, the dash camera will also begin capturing footage that can eventually be used as evidence in a court of law. Hopefully, your car’s alarm scares off the perpetrators. But even if it doesn’t, should the vehicle be recovered, you still have a hard drive filled with identifiable evidence that you can turn over to the proper authorities.

But the best part of all is that simply owning a dash camera with this feature may net you huge savings on your monthly car insurance premiums. Most insurance companies set your premiums based on the amount of “risk” you show as a driver. If you take steps to mitigate that risk — like by installing a dash camera you will likely be rewarded as a result.

So even if the “Parking Mode” feature itself weren’t enough to convince you that now is the time to invest in a dash camera, the fact that it will likely pay for itself over time by way of insurance savings proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is one step that is certainly worth taking. It suddenly becomes easy to see why these powerful little devices have become so popular over the last few years.