Buying a new vehicle is an exciting experience, but it’s important to make sure that your new ride has the necessary security features to protect it from theft, break-ins, and damage. While some types of car security features are more expensive than others, there are a few ways you can improve your car’s safety without breaking your budget. Here are four ways you can boost your vehicle’s security without paying a small fortune.
1. Install a Dashboard Camera
The global dashboard camera market is expected to grow 15.3% by the end of 2020. Dashboard cameras aren’t just for police. These handy little cameras can connect right to your dashboard where they can monitor anyone who tries to break into your vehicle. While a dash cam itself may not be able to fend off intruders, it can it deter thieves and even catch the face of your burglar.
2. Install an Alarm system
Alarm systems are a great way to help keep your vehicle secure because they draw attention to your vehicle when they’re activated. However, before you choose to install an alarm system, it’s important that you know the difference between the two options available.
There are both active and passive car alarms. Active car alarms require you to press the transmitter button to disarm or arm your car alarm system. Passive car alarm systems are automatically activated when the car is turned off. You may be able to save some money by installing a passive alarm system because some car insurance companies provide discounts for using these systems. Consider talking to your car insurance company before you choose the alarm system for you.
3. Set Up a Tracking System
No vehicle is completely theft-proof, even if you install an immobilizer in your vehicle. However, a tracking system can help you locate and monitor your car in the event that it’s stolen. Tracking systems can tell you the distance and speed at which the car is traveling. There are three tracking system options available: cellular tracking, wireless passive tracking, and global positioning system (GPS) tracking.
4. Take a Defensive Driving Course
Burglary isn’t the only threat to your vehicle’s security. Accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles are the number one type of personal injury case in the U.S. and 72% of car crashes result in property damage. It’s important to follow the rules of the road while you’re driving to keep your vehicle, and yourself, safe behind the wheel. Speeding or negligent driving can put you and others at risk of serious accidents. While you may not be able to control what other motorists do on the road, you can control what you do. Consider signing up for a defensive driving course to help protect yourself in the event of an avoidable accident.