If you're like most people who've chosen to install a dash cam on your vehicle, you probably really appreciate the added layer of protection the device provides — but in order to do its job, the cam has to be maintained and cared for.

By following these tips and tricks, you can keep your dash cam in top condition and ensure that it is functioning properly. A well-maintained dash cam can provide you with clear and reliable footage, giving you peace of mind on the road.

Clean the Lens

Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on the lens of your dash cam, which can impact the quality of the footage. Use a soft cloth or lens cleaning solution to wipe the lens regularly.

Check the Power Source

Make sure your dash cam is connected to a reliable power source. Check the power cable and the connection to the car's power outlet to ensure a stable power supply.

Format the Memory Card

Dash cams record footage to a memory card, which can become full over time. Regularly format the memory card to free up space and ensure the camera is functioning properly.

Protect from Extreme Temperatures

Dash cams are sensitive to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. Avoid leaving your dash cam in direct sunlight or in extreme heat, as this can cause damage to the camera or memory card. Similarly, avoid exposing the camera to freezing temperatures.

Adjust the Settings

Depending on the model of your dash cam, there may be settings that you can adjust to optimize the camera's performance. For example, you may be able to adjust the resolution, frame rate, or exposure settings to improve the quality of the footage.

Secure the Mounting

Make sure the mounting for your dash cam is secure and stable. Loose or unstable mounting can cause the camera to move or fall, which can impact the quality of the footage or cause damage to the camera.

Keep the Camera Updated

Check for firmware updates for your dash cam and install them as needed. These updates can fix bugs and improve the camera's performance.

Store the Camera Properly

If you need to remove the dash cam from your car for any reason, store it in a safe and dry place. Avoid storing the camera in direct sunlight, areas with extreme temperatures, or areas with high levels of humidity such as cabinets in kitchens or bathrooms. 

Reach out to a company that offers dash cams to learn more.