Where Should I Mount My Dash Cam?
Posted on April 28 2019
Where should I mount my Dash Cam?
Where should I mount my Dash Cam? It's probably one of the most asked questions that we get asked by our customers as Australia's leading specialist Dash Cam reseller. In this article we will endeavor to answer this question for you with some advice and scenarios to help you in affixing your Dash Cam to your vehicle.
The first consideration is the various types of mounts that are available with the most common being suction cup or a VHB 3M adhesive tape. There are pros and cons to each of the mounts so lets look at each in more detail.
VHB 3M Adhesive Tape
By using a plastic mounting bracket with 3M VHB tape you get a mounting solution that is extremely rigid and one that will endure temperature extremes. Furthermore, this type of mounting solution also allows for a discreet Dash Cam installation which is generally the preferred option for most Dash Cam users. This mounting solution also takes up less windscreen real estate which means your Dash Cam will not obscure your forward vision. It also allows you to centrally mount your Dash Cam to give the best possible span of view to ensure all those "important" driving moments are captured. Most Brands of Dash Cam that we sell have a VHB 3M mounting fixture. The only downfall for this type of mount is that it is rather permanent which means if you want to mount it into a second car, you'll need a second mounting bracket. We recommend this as the preferred mounting solution for our customer base.
Suction Cup Mount
Suction Cup Dash Cam Mounts are very common and are great for a user that wants to easily and quickly mount and remove their dash cam from a vehicle or vehicles. Owing to the size of these mounts they are typically not suited to a Dash Cam user who wishes to have a discreet installation as they are rather covert due to the area they take up on the windscreen. Environmental conditions can also have an impact on the stability of the mount with extremes affecting how well the suction cup adheres to the windscreen. This in turn can have a negative effect on the quality of the video's your dash cam takes with vibration sometimes being visible.
Dash Cam Mounting Scenarios
Single Channel (1 Camera - Forward Facing)
In this installation you centrally mount the Dash Camera directly under the Rear View Mirror in the centre of the windscreen. You then adjust the angle of the Dash Cam to ensure that the lower part of the vision sits at the front of your vehicle so you are not recording all your car and you are getting maximum environment around the vehicle. This installation will ensure that you capture the maximum frontal area of your vehicle. In the image you see below the installer has mounted directly under the Rear View Mirror for a discreet solution with maximum viewing range.
Dual Channel (2 Camera - Forward Facing & Rear Facing Cameras)
In this installation the front camera is mounted as per the Single Channel installation and the rear camera is mounted right in the middle of the rear windscreen. Owing to the incredible variance in vehicle types and shapes this can sometimes be a little tricky and requires some creativity. Again, the rear camera should be rotated or adjusted so as to get the maximum viewing angle from a horizontal and vertical axis. The most important thing to remember is that you'll need to run a coaxial cable from the front camera to the rear camera and this can be tricky. It is also really important to get it right so that your installation does not interfere with side curtain airbags. By using a small plastic pry tool, you can pry away plastic panels or rubber fixtures to hide the cable and ensure there is no interference with any safety features of your vehicle.
Dual Channel IR (Uber) (2 Camera - Forward Facing & Internal Cabin Cameras)
Uber Drivers need protection and there's no better insurance than a Dash Cam that covers the outside environment and the interior of your vehicle cabin. Again, with this type of installation, the frontal facing camera should be positioned as per the Single Channel Frontal Installation and the second camera, being the interior facing camera should be positioned to the left of the Rear View Mirror at the top of the windscreen to capture the front passenger and rear passengers. We find this positioning gets the maximum viewing angle inside the cabin and wires can be easily hidden or routed for the best cosmetic appearance. After all, you want your passengers to see the cabin mounted Dash Cam so that they know they are being recorded. We've got another great article here for Uber Drivers on how a Dash Camera can benefit you.
The other consideration is how to power your Dash Cam and like the mounting options, there are many different options for powering your Dash Cam. We have also created a guide on Dash Cam Power options that you'll find here.
If you are new to Dash Cams and need help in looking at features then we have also made another helpful guide that looks at features that you should be considering when purchasing a Dash Cam. You can find that guide here.
We hope in this article that we've given you the resources you need to install a Dash Cam in your vehicle in terms of mounting solutions. Of course, we're always here to help so please feel free to contact the team at Linelink Online with any Dash Cam assistance you might need. We are here to help 24X7 and can be contacted via our Online Chat or through our Contact Us form.