A Beginner's Guide to Installing a Dash Cam

Dash cams are a great way to document your drives and record traffic incidents. If you want to install a dash cam in your car but you're not sure how, this beginner-friendly guide has all the steps you need to get it up and running fast!

  • Read your dash cam’s installation instructions.
  • Before you start installing your dash cam, it’s important to read the instructions that come with your device. This will give you an understanding of the components and settings needed for a successful installation. It’ll also explain which parts of your vehicle need to be prepped in order for the installation to take place. Make sure you read and understand these instructions before starting the installation process so you know what tools and materials are required.

  • Choose a location for the dash cam.
  • The location of your dash cam is essential for a successful installation. Choose a spot that has clear visibility outside the front window, without being obstructed by the dashboard or obstructing your view out the front windshield. For the best results, mount your camera near the middle of the front windshield, facing forward. This allows you to get an unobstructed view and capture footage properly in case an accident occurs.

  • Mount the dash cam securely to the car’s windscreen or dashboard. 
  • Once you’ve found the best position to mount your dash cam, it’s important to make sure it’s secure. Secure the mount onto your dashboard or windscreen with two-sided adhesive tape and then attach the camera base to the mount. Ensure that it’s firmly attached and can easily be adjusted for optimal viewing. To test if your camera is securely in place, gently shake the mount – if it moves, reattach it until it feels solid.

  • Connect cable to cigarette lighter adapter or hard-wire kit (optional).
  • In order to power your dash cam, you may need to use either a cigarette lighter adapter or hard-wire kit. First, connect the cable to the USB port located inside your car. To power through a cigarette lighter adapter, plug it into the outlet and twist it until tight. To install a hard-wire kit, check to make sure everything is secure before powering up your dash cam. Always remember to double-check all components and wiring before driving off!

  • Hide excess wires for a neat finish and connect the camera to a power source (preferably USB).
  • After you have tested your dash cam to make sure it is responding properly, the last step is to hide the excess wires and connect the camera to a power source. If your car doesn’t have a USB port near the dashboard they are easily installed with an installation kit. Once everything is connected, tuck away any extra wires so the interior of your car looks neat. Make sure that all connections are tight and secure before taking off for a drive!