If you want to give yourself a good scare, just watch an episode of Car Crash Britain - the motoring equivalent of You've Been Framed, with wall-to-wall dashcam footage collected from members of the public, all of whom have been unlucky enough to be caught up in someone else's accident. Thankfully, there are now a number of dash cams with a range of useful features so we spent some time with a few of them to see how they fared.
Launched late last year, the Nextbase 412GW sits below the range-topping 512G model in the company's line-up. It captures video through a six-element lens with a 140-degree viewing angle at up to Quad HD 1440p at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps.
The BlackVue DR650S takes the form of a tube with a forward-facing lens at one end and an adhesive mount at the other, but perhaps the most interesting feature is BlackVue's Over the Cloud functionality that allows you to watch a live feed from the camera on your smartphone.
The RoadHawk Vision is a slightly different proposition to the other dash cams in our group test in that it eschews the usual bells and whistles in favour of concentrating on the task of capturing video. There's no GPS receiver, for example, nor is there an integral screen.
The Silent Witness SW224 is the second unit in our dash cam group test that boasts 2K or 1440p video recording, as well as the more conventional 1080p and 720p. The unit arrives in a smart box that makes it something of an event to open, and comes with a comprehensive package of accessories.
Until recently, if you were involved in an accident, you had to hope that your insurance company believed your version of events and found in your favour. But with the rise of crash for cash incidents, that's become a little more fraught. Thankfully, technology has the answer, and we've been testing one of the new dash cams from the RAC, the GPS-enabled RAC 02.