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Guide to Buying the Best High-Quality Dash Cam for Your Truck

One safety accessory every truck driver needs is a dash cam system. Dash cams provide added protection when driving as they record what is in front of you. In the event of an accident, you can use the camera footage to show the other driver was at fault. This type of system can also make it easier to see what is around your truck when backing up or changing lanes.

 

Finding the best high-quality dash cam for your truck does require doing a little bit of research to learn more about the various features and options found on various models. Let’s take a look at some general buying information you will need to know when shopping for dash cams.

 

CCTV car camera for safety on the road accident

 

  • How wide is the view field? The wider the view field, the more the camera can see. You want a dash cam that can capture a wide view for the best coverage.
  • How fast is the dash cam’s frame rate? Frame rates are important, as they determine how well it well the camera records as you are moving. Just like the view field, higher frame rates are better if you want to avoid blurry playback.
  • What is the operating temperature range? You want to make sure the dash cam can handle the cold or heat for those times you shut off your truck.
  • How is the dash cam mounted? This one might not seem that big of a concern, but you should still explore how the camera is mounted. For example, you are leasing your truck. You may not want to use a permanent installation method.
  • Is the screen built-in or does it require a separate display? Some screens will be built-in to the dash cam to create an “all-in-one” device while others can require connecting to a separate display.
  • What is the recording capacity of the dash cam and can it be expanded? If you want to make sure the camera has plenty of recording capacity, you want a model that allows you to add an SD memory card to expand its internal storage.
  • Is there smart features built-in? If you want to access the camera and video from your smartphone over Wi-Fi, then your camera will need smart features.
  • Can the dash cam be integrated with other cameras on your truck? Some systems might allow you to connect blind spot cameras and backup cameras to the system so you can use the same monitor or display.

 

Male driver hands holding radio and steering wheel

 

Hopefully, these questions help you start thinking about the type of dash camera you want for your truck. When you are ready to start shopping, please feel free to explore our online store, or call Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328. We carry a wide range of camera systems and accessories, including products from Brigade Electronics.

 

What to Do if You Notice a Gas Smell in a Car or Truck

If you notice a gas smell in a car or truck, it is important to determine the cause. Unlike other fluids, you do not have to wait for puddles to appear under the fuel tank to know there is a problem.

 

To find the cause for the smell, you do need to do a little investigative work. Most of these things are easy to do on your own. Once you find the source of the leak, you may need to get help from your mechanic to fix them.

 

  • Is the gas cap secure or missing? If the gas cap is not on tight or missing, you will notice a gas smell. This is because the tank is not fully sealed and allows vapors from the fuel to escape. Some car and truck safety features will alert you to this problem by turning on a warning light or check engine light on the dash.

Extreme close-up of male fingers holding fuel cap

 

  • Is the oil cap on secure? The oil cap is another area where fuel vapor can escape from the engine. Check to make sure it is on tight and the O-ring or gasket on the cap is not damaged or missing.
  • Is the fuel canister damaged or broken? There is normally a canister filled with charcoal somewhere under the hood or near the engine. The charcoal helps absorb fuel vapors.
  • Are the spark plugs loose or old? If the spark plugs are loose, the gap in between is too big and will allow fuel vapors to escape. If the spark plugs are old, the ends will no longer fire correctly and could result in excess fuel in the chamber. When the plug does fire, it will result in a strong gas smell.
  • How old are the fuel lines? Fuel lines eventually wear out. They can crack and break and create fuel leaks. Do not forget to check the fuel line that runs from the fuel tank to the engine too.

After checking these things, if you still haven’t located the problem, it could be a faulty fuel injector or fuel injector O-ring. Checking fuel injectors is a task best left for a mechanic to avoid damaging the fuel injection system.

 

used fuel injectors

To find truck safety products and auto replacement seats, please feel free to explore our online store, or call Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328.