How To Fit a Dash Cam Video

After you've chosen the right dash cam for you, the easy part is out of the way! Dash cams may be easy to switch on and operate, but getting them fitted correctly first time can be fiddly. Here's a quick guide to getting your dash cam in the best position within your vehicle.

Step One: Get set up

Before you even head out to the car, it's worth getting your dash cam set and up working first. It's easier to do this at a desk or near your Wi-Fi network and smartphone if your new dash cam connects to devices wirelessly. Once you've removed it from the packaging, installed the correct memory card and got used to the location of the controls and power button, it's time to get it in place

Step Two: Prep your car

Grab a cloth and give the inside of your windscreen a good wipe before starting, which will make life easier when it comes to fixing the suction cup in place. It's worth making sure you've got a 12V power outlet free too, otherwise there won't be a power supply for your car

Step Three: Connect your dash cam to the holder

You may need to remove any covers on the connection point on the dash cam, and align the dash cam to the connection point on the dash cam holder.

Step Four: Position your dash cam

Your dash cam will need to point forward out of the front window to capture footage of the road ahead. The best place for most dash cams is tucked away behind the rear view mirror, where it won't obscure your view. Remember that by law, anything mounted on the windscreen can be within the sweep of the driver's side windscreen wiper, so make sure your dash cam sits outside of the arc of your wiper blade. Once you've got the perfect position, push the sucker cup into place and tighten / click any holding mechanisms into place.

Step Five: Install the wire

This is probably the trickiest part, as you'll need to feed the dash cam wire around the edge of the windscreen, down the door panel and across to the 12V outlet. Tuck the wire into the gap between the roof and the windshield with your thumb or finger, then make sure it's tightly within the gap between the door trim. If necessary, feed the wire between the rubber in the door seal and potentially tuck it under the driver's seat to ensure it stays out of the way (just make sure you don't run the wire over when you adjust your seat position). If the wire is loose anywhere, it will only get worse, so make sure it's as tight as possible all the way around.

Important Note: keep any wires well away from your car's pedals and steering wheel. Loose wires could prevent your brakes or steering wheel from working, creating an unnecessary and dangerous driving hazard.

Step 6: Switch on

Now that everything is in place, it's time to switch your dash cam and let it do its thing. Remember that if you unplug your dash cam, for example to charge a phone or sat nav, then it may stop working unless there's a built-in battery to provide power with a cable attached.

Halfords dash cam fitting service

If you don't fancy having to trail wires across your car or aren't sure what the best position for your sat nav is, then remember that a halfords motoring expert can fit your dash for you. Just ask at the till and we'll happily install it professionally, freeing up your 12V power outlet.