Dash cams are all the rage overseas and are used to sup­port le­gal pro­ceed­ings in the case of mishaps and lit­i­ga­tion. This GoSafe 760 Dash Cam (­pagoinc .com) is de­signed with a 140-de­gree for­ward-fac­ing cam­era built into the dis­play. The rear-fac­ing 120-de­gree cam­era has an ad­he­sive tilt­ing mount. The dis­play can of­fer a con­stant split-screen im­age of the front and back cam­era, or switch at the punch of a but­ton. Video is cap­tured on a mi­croSD card up to 128 MB. A G-force sen­sor tells it when to print to the card or, if the car is parked, will tell it to be­gin record­ing. ALSO COOL: The GoSafe 760 op­ti­cal sen­sor can iden­tify and no­tify the driver of up­com­ing stop signs, pedes­tri­ans or ob­sta­cles. As stop­light traf­fic pulls away, it will sig­nal you to hang up and drive. IN­STAL­LA­TION: Mount the mon­i­tor on its ad­justable suc­tion cup or ad­he­sive base in the vicin­ity of the rearview mir­ror. A but­ton on the front ad­justs the for­ward-fac­ing cam­era lens up or down for the op­ti­mum view. It can be pow­ered by a 12-volt re­cep­ta­cle or hard-wired to a power point such as the ig­ni­tion-switch ac­ces­sory cir­cuit. The rear-fac­ing cam­era is pow­ered by a mini USB ca­ble threaded through the chas­sis.

PROS: We love the traf­fic tools that warn about stop signs or pedes­tri­ans in our path. Dash cams that record events lead­ing up to an ac­ci­dent are pop­u­lar in many coun­tries, and this is an ef­fec­tive one. When align­ing a hitch, the nar­rower 120-de­gree cam­era an­gle seem­ingly en­larges the hitch point, eas­ing ball and hitch align­ment.

CONS: The com­pact screen doesn’t in­ter­fere with for­ward vis­i­bil­ity and is com­pa­ra­ble in size to backup dis­plays built into the rearview mir­rors as fac­tory equip­ment. But it re­quires care­ful ob­ser­va­tion when be­ing used as a backup cam­era or when hitch­ing up. The rear-fac­ing cam­era con­nec­tions aren’t wa­ter­proof, so the cam­era must be mounted in­side the ve­hi­cle cabin — that works fine on SUVs but not pickup trucks.

COST: $250; best­


Small but mighty, it records traf­fic and watches your back.

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