Juliet D'cruz

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When you are on the road, given the increasing rate of accidents, frauds and mischievous tricks by anyone, it is important that safety and comfort are ensured; a top priority before going out. Danger can be found everywhere when you’re driving. However, even if the ignition is turned off and the car is perfectly parked many things can still happen. You might possibly find your car missing some parts of it, may it be a bumper, or find your vehicle in a disoriented manner; seeing some trash thrown or vandalized by some teenagers.

What is a dash camera?

A dashboard camera, or simply a dash cam, is an onboard camera mounted on the car’s dashboard, windscreen, or rear-view mirror that continuously records the footage of your drive through the vehicle’s front windscreen or even on the other sides of the car as well. A dash cam is connected to the car’s power supply and begins recording when driving. The dash cam will store the footage on a memory card. Other dash cams also come with different features, such as GPS tracking,  dash cam with parking mode, night vision, and motion sensors.

Having a dashcam is a wise investment for security. A dash cam can keep an eye on your car’s surroundings while driving and even when you are out of the vehicle. Dash cams will keep you informed about the state of your car and its environment while you are away. Dash cams come with a feature called Parking Mode, which allows the camera to monitor even when the engine is off. 

Understanding Parking Mode

A basic or normal dash cam does not have a parking mode feature and  is only activated when you turn on the engine of the car and only records when you are driving. But with the Parking mode feature, your dash camera will act as your surveillance for the vehicle while your car is parked. 

Parking mode on modern dashcams has sensors that allow them to activate automatically either when the vehicle remains stationary for a specified length of time or when the ignition is turned off. Once the engine is turned off, the motion sensor will be activated. When any motion is detected, it gives a signal to the dash cam to start recording and storing the footage in the memory card. Otherwise, it will remain monitoring the environment for any significant movement without recording it. This functionality is similar to security camera systems that are activated by motion. For example, the camera should record what happens if someone approaches your vehicle to vandalize it, tamper with it or try to steal it. 

Parking mode on dash cams will activate in different ways. One of which is through its ignition sensor. As the ignition is switched off, the dash cam senses the change in voltage and switches to parking mode recording. Ignition-triggered system is often more preferred if you wish the dash cam with parking mode to automatically turn on when the ignition is switched off or when you are stuck in heavy traffic for a quiet interval of time. Another is through the so-called G-Sensor triggered dash cam which will allow the dash cam to continue recording footage when the sensor detects that the car has remained stationary for a certain amount of time. However, this sensor will require you to keep the engine switched on.

Benefits of Dash Cam with Parking Mode

  1. Dash cams with parking mode are energy-efficient because it allows the device to operate even at a lower power mode and can continue monitoring your vehicle for up to several days while left unattended. Although, its effectivity span will still somehow depend on the different factors such as your car’s battery size, environment’s temperature, as well as the specifications of the dash cam bought. So, it is still important to be wise in picking your desired dash cam and be sure that it is efficient, especially in power management. 
  1. Dash cam with parking mode is also energy-saving in terms of recording time because some devices will only turn on when a motion is detected including when someone dings your car, when the vehicle is involved in a hit-and-run while parked, someone vandalizes and if someone attempts to steal the vehicle. This system will minimize the recording time for unnecessary footage.
  1. Some dash cams with parking mode are configured to record in a time lapse configuration. This is a good option if you regularly park in a busy parking lot that would normally cause your motion-activated parking mode camera to be active almost constantly. With a time-lapse configuration, the camera captures images using two frames per second instead of 15 frames per second that’s common with normal motion detection mode. Time-lapse format reduces the amount of footage on your memory card so it doesn’t fill up too fast, but will still capture anything that happens to your vehicle while it’s parked.
  1. Dash cams with parking modes provide optimal security for your vehicle as they continue to monitor your vehicle while you are not there to see what is going on around it. A parked car can still be damaged even though you are not driving, especially in busy public areas or parking lots. 


A dash cam with parking mode might cost more than those ordinary dash cams. However, it is still a good investment considering the benefits and the features it has. It won’t hurt the drivers to spend an extra cost for something crucial in the aspect of security involving their vehicles. 

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