I now have a rear facing Dashcam - Do you?

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  1. Tempest

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    Video shot from the rear of my car a few mornings ago:

    What can I say?

    If you click top-left on the "D" you can see in full size/detail ;)



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    Video not available yet?
     
  3. Tempest

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    Oh really, it shows for me, perhaps it takes time after an upload to go public :(
    1st time trying a link, so will wait and see if it pops up later I guess
     
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    I liked the chunky monkey banana toast vid better..
     
  6. Tempest

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    Does this work?

     
  7. Chillie6

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    Works for me. How far off your bumper was he? I’d drop his employers a line.
     
  8. Tempest

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    I have cropped it in a bit to make the video smaller, but yes, he was still too close, that combined with peeling and eating a banana at the time I felt was something to make note of.
     
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    I clicked the link although the advertised video below was entitled "Emma Watson Pole Dancing" So I didn't see Banana Man, highly recommended, 10/10
     
  10. Dony

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    Watched the video bit I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to be critical off?
     
  11. Tempest

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    Driving way too close, whilst peeling and eating a Banana ?
     
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    The video doesn't show context. Looks to me like you were in slow moving (bumper to bumper) traffic as other cars were close behind the van.
    I don't consider peeling a banana in heavy traffic as dangerous driving either.
     
  13. ufo550

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    I agree with your first point, and its difficult to tell from a camera how close something is.

    However, I need two hands to peel a banana. So in the short time the driver is doing that, he/she is not in control of that vehicle. And whilst driving, eating, drinking or carrying out any other task than driving, is distracting from the task in hand. That said, I've been guilty of that in the past.

    I can see recording cameras being a default accessory by car manufactures, as most modern cars seem to have a camera of sorts.
     
  14. Ste7en

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    If a nurse can get done for eating an apple while driving I don't see why a banana is any different. At least with an apple you only need one hand.

    I'd have pulled over and let the prick past. I'd also send a link to the video to his employer.

    My rear dashcam has a blue light on it. Works wonders when people get too close and spot it.
     
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    Its definitely not 'dangerous driving', but it most certainly is 'not being in full control of your vehicle'.
     
  16. Tempest

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    Interesting replies.
    I will say, IMHO driving too close to someone is something that is the cause of a lot of accidents, and from personal experience, way way too many people do it.

    I travel down a narrow country lane every day, and if there is a car in front, it's a long way in front of me, as I'm not getting anywhere quicker by following close behind them.
    Yet I constantly have people close behind me for no reason, other than I presume that's how they normally drive.

    It's the type of distance, where if an animal ran out and I slammed my brakes on, they could end up hitting me.

    I don't know what's wrong with so many drivers, whether they leave 10ft or 100ft, it will make zero difference on most roads. It just allows time to react to situations should something go wrong.

    I will add, when I had motorcycles in my teens, and again, many years later, I found myself driving quite close. Not sure why, but in a car, for many years now. I genuinely feel zero need to follow close behind anyone. It gives me a nice safe zone in case something happens to the car in front.

    Personal opinion of course :)
     
  17. stblob

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    It amazing what people can do behind the wheel of a car whilst driving. I can't even take a hands free phone call and concentrate.
    I always leave plenty of room in front of me just incase someone decides to hit me from behind, I don't want to hit the vehicle in front if me.
     
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    No, dash cams always seem to reveal idiotic driving from the owners of the cams. You tube is full of such videos.
     
  19. Tempest

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    I've had a dash-cam facing forward for perhaps the last 3 years, and it's weird as I feel it can make you a better driver, as you are aware if something happened, and you needed the footage, well it would not be good if it showed you driving like an idiot! ;)

    However, for all the 3 last cars I've owned, with each of them I've been hit in the back by another driver.

    Once was a woman who said she had a wasp in the car so didn't stop.
    Second was a man who just said hit foot was wet and it slipped off the clutch.
    Third was only a couple of months ago, a woman, simply did not judge her stop and bumped me forwards.

    Each time I've been stationary for some time at a junction, and as I say, each time in a different car I owned.

    This is why I finally decided to fit a cam on the rear. As I say, I like to keep a nice safe distance, and make it a point to never drive aggressively, if there is an idiot, just let them go.

    But now, with footage from the back of my car in addition to the front, if anyone goes into the back of me, there simply is no argument.
    I can supply front and rear video to the insurance if it's ever needed.

    Let's hope I don't need to ever need it :)
     
  20. John7

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    I have a front facing dash cam and have been *thinking* of adding a rear one. Well, now I wish I had acted sooner.

    I was rear ended last night when I stopped to give way at a mini roundabout. As I got out of my car to exchange details, the offender slammed his car into reverse and shot off like a bat out of hell before I could get his reg/make of vehicle etc.

    Called 999 at the scene and told to report in person at police station or report online.

    So that's me stuffed then. Car is a Lexus and it's going to need at least a new rear bumper/parking sensors. Fortunately, no lights broken but I have a £650.00 excess to pay and my 9+year NCD is going to drop to 4 years!
     
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    Thanks for the post, and so sorry to hear what happened.
    Yes, being hit in the rear a few months ago, for the 3rd time, in as many cars was what finally got me to actually fit a rear one.
    Thankfully unlike yourself each time the other driver has admitted responsibility.

    I would be great to hear if someone you contact is able to get any local CCTV footage, but I can accept that's hopeful.
    None the less, I wish you all the best and agree that sucks bigtime.

    For the sake of £50 or less, it just seems so worth it.
     
  22. John

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    Genuine questions. how is he not in full control when the video shows him maintaining constant spacing speed and manoeuvring around various parked cars ?
    If the video captured him losing control and crashing, then I'd agree. But it doesn't
     
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    That same argument applies to using a mobile phone whilst driving.

    'Not in full control' means 'not being in a position to deal with potential foreseeable events', including, say, steering during sudden braking. For a start, he didn't have both hands on the wheel whilst not changing gear or using a switch.

    However, it is not illegal per se to eat or drink whilst driving (otherwise, why would cars have a driver's cup holder?). Any prosecutions would have to take account of circumstances.
     
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    There is a difference between not being in full control and losing control.
    Would you agree that having BOTH hands on the steering wheel has more control than just one hand?
    Or would you say that having only one hand on is just as safe as two and offers just as much control?

    Or put it another way, if he started peeling and eating a banana on his test would he pass? If not then why?
     
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    Pass it onto the police, that is driving without due care and attention.
     
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    Playing devil's advocate, but if the OP was constantly watching this 'idiot' in his rear view mirror, I'd argue he isn't in full control either.
    Getting rear ended in your last 3 cars seems excessive too. Are you a hesitant driver?
     
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    It is the responsibility of the driver behind to maintain a safe stopping distance.
    As you can see that one didn't.
     
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    A good defensive driver, should always be aware of his surroundings; observing a vehicle following too closely in your rear mirror, is good driver skills, to anticipate what might happen in front of you to compensate for the vehicle behind.

    Perhaps OP hasn’t be doing this previously. :)
     
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    I have to say, a couple of weeks ago I went to Ikea Southampton but was late leaving and got caught in the commute traffic to Bournemouth.
    First time in a year in traffic like that and some of the driving was downright dangerous!
    Jumping into gaps that were barely big enough for the car to fit into let along having gaps etc.
    Happy to be a small town/country driver.
     
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    Yes he was a bit close but to me looked like he chose his moment to peel his banana at low speed.
    I don’t think it warrants reporting to the Police.

    I hope you have plenty of time on your hands because if your intention is to post any video where you think the driver is not driving in accordance with the law (or your own standards) you are going to be busy !!!

    No I don’t have a rear facing camera (or a front one) but I guess you have your own reasons for getting one.
     

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