Whenever I get a new piece of electronic equipment, I try to figure out what I can do to either maximize its potential or prolong its life for as long as possible. A dash cam is something that I’d hope would last me for a long period of time. Doing a little bit of research before I start using it seems like a worthy investment of my time.
The good thing is that dash cams are built to be durable as heck. They are meant to withstand crazy temperatures, rocking, vibrations, and more! But as owners of dash cams, I’m sure you know that they’re incredibly useful when the situation arises. They can save you during a pinch, such as a car accident or even insurance fraud.
Why tempt fate when you can take matters into your own hands? Here are a few tips that you can use to prolong the life of your dash cam.
Regularly Format Your MicroSD CardIt’s not only the physical aspect of your dash cam that you need to worry about. Regularly formatting your microSD card is a good way of keeping all of your software and storage performing to the best of its ability. If you leave your microSD card alone for too long, you might encounter some problems.
One big point of contention is that you should always format your microSD instead of simply deleting files inside it. The reason why is that you remove all traces of any leftover data from your previous files. It also reduces the risk of data corruption. If you have a choice, try to do the formatting process within your dash cam. It's more reliable and geared towards making your microSD function within your dash cam unit.
A good rule of thumb is to always format a microSD card before you use it in your dash cam. This is especially true if you're moving it over from another device, such as your phone or another camera. This way, you can make sure that your dash cam is properly writing video files onto it.
Update Your Firmware When Possible
For most reputable companies, updates to the firmware are released every so often. This is to keep your device up-to-date with the latest software, which can actually have a huge effect on your dash cam. It shouldn't be too difficult to update your firmware.
For most models, check the brand site to see if they've released any new updates for your specific model. If they did, follow their instructions on how to install it. Some models will require you to plug in your dash cam with a USB cable. Others will ask you to download a file to your microSD card and start the update. For most higher-end dash cams, you'll have the option of doing it wirelessly.
Whatever the method, it's a good idea to keep the newest firmware loaded on your dash cam!