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Close call

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by John King, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Nor me
  2. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I don't either.
  3. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Considering the state of the motorists these days why don't people have a dash cam, and tailgating cameras ?

    I save a fortune on car insurance with them via discount. £50 a year
  4. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    I cannot be bothered with one. It would not have happened in this case either.
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    dee-dah dee-dah
  6. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I might fit a front camera if I knew who could do it. The chauffeur firm we used for work had very neat ones wired into the rain-sensor/headlight sensor on the screen behind the mirror so the camera was at the top of the screen and hidden by the mirror. Very tidy. Their concern was fraudulent crashes for insurance scams - being cut up by someone with no brake lights and being, by default, at fault of hitting them from behind.

    I'm wondering about getting cameras for my bike because there is usefulness in reporting drivers who, perhaps without realising it, don't give cycles enough room. Trouble is battery life. I was out nearly 8 hours yesterday (it was hot, I was slow) and they just don't seem to work for that long. The market is for action cameras that record short trips, downhill mostly.
  7. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    How much do the cameras cost and how long do they last?
  8. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Yea right, when did you last see a police car on a dual carriageway? The last police car I saw was outside Wenzels!
  9. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Been using gopros on our bikes for 12 years FRONT and REAR :) especially good for dog people with 30' leads
  10. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I spent a MONTH looking, trying and finally bought these two,



    This one for it's rear camera, it plugs into e front camera here.


    It took me 15 minutes to run UNSEEN the cable from the back to the front under the door surrounds

    I have just brought the cable out to show you

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    Last edited: Aug 12, 2020
  11. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    I can’t have a dash cam. It would be akin to me walking to the gallows of my own free will
    GeoffR likes this.
  12. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Then I hope you never need to prove an accident was not your fault in an insurance claim or need proof that a car hit you in a car park whilst you were away, or if you need to make any insurance claim, or........................................

    Both cameras and rear come on even if someone touches the car with a trolley the two front ones are angled to cover from drivers to pax. door and front
  13. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Been driving 36 years. I’ve managed so far.
    MJB likes this.
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    They have no battery life. Why does someone with a 30’ lead (a misnomer if ever I heard one) need a camera?
  15. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Not the dog walker, the cyclist! So that the image contains both dog walker and dog for when you crash into the 30' of near invisible lead I would imagine
  16. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I worry about drivers who go on the roads with the assumption that they will be involved in a collision. I've just taken my dog out on a 10m running line. Any cyclist who collided with it would have incriminate themselves with any camera footage.
    steveandthedogs likes this.
  17. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Do you think the police will follow up if there was no accident?
  18. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I suspect Andrew has needed the video in the past. I have seen several dogs being walked on long leads where the owner had no thought for anyone else. Ten metres of dog lead across the path and the only clue is the way the dog owner is holding their arm, some times the dog may be visible.
  19. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    ...and that's one of the reasons that I have yet to get back on my bike, and get some recommended exercise.
  20. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Yes. There are plans for a driver awareness program in our area. It could involve exercises with policemen riding alongside club riders on popular stretches with car back-up to stop careless drivers. In North Wales they have started signing routes with advisory on giving cyclists room. The highway code is being revised to stop cars turning left across riders which can happen if the driver misjudges the distance to their turn and overtakes instead of holding back.

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