Installing a dash cam is one of many ways you can prepare for the upcoming change to daylight saving time (DST). On March 12th, at 2 AM we’ll be setting our clocks forward by an hour. Some people prefer daylight saving, but some people may experience adverse health effects, which can lead to an increased risk for everyone on the roads. A dash cam is an always-on protection for drivers enabling you to capture an accurate record of events in the event of an accident. Learn more about why a dash cam is good to have at this time of year, then enter this contest: we are giving away several dash cams from Garmin, Nextbase, and Thinkware.

Can a DST time change be harmful to you

The simple answer to this question appears to be yes. There have been many studies reporting adverse health effects associated with the time change such as: a 24% higher risk of heart attacks, a 6% spike in fatal car accidents, and an 8% increase in strokes. However, making our day out of sync with natural light by one hour with DST was supposed to be good for the country as a whole, with expected energy savings due to a reduced reliance on electric lighting. Do the benefits of DST compensate for the costs?

To be clear, there is research showing some benefits of DST. For example, some studies report that crime rates decrease as a result of the time change. Also, there are claims that pedestrian accidents decrease between dawn and dusk with DST implemented. However, the initial justification for DST, energy savings, is no longer supported by the evidence; our reliance on technology today (phones, laptops, etc) means we use the same amount of energy regardless of DST. Importantly, you may assert that the costs outweigh the benefits if someone happens to collide with your car, on a road or even while it is parked, right after DST takes effect.

How can you protect yourself and your family during the DST transition

The world is not getting rid of DST anytime soon so the best we can do is prepare. Firstly, know the day of the change. On March 12th at 2 AM be ready to change clocks on non-connected devices. Many smart devices, like smartphones, will be automatically updated. Our bodies,  however, will not be auto updated. You and I will take time to adjust. You might notice work colleagues a little more distracted, or a little sleepier. Some people are more challenged by the change than others.

A dash cam is one way to protect yourself. As I said, you might not be affected by the time change but many other people are. If you are involved in an accident, you’ll be glad to have a dash cam in your vehicle. A dash cam will capture an accurate record of events leading up to the accident. Fault is often contested in such situations, but you will be more likely able to prove your innocence with a video record of events. They are easy to install, easy to use, and often indisputable when used for a defence!

Select from an amazing selection of Dash Cam brands

Best Buy has a huge range of dash cams. There come from a variety of brands, and have a variety features. At their simplest, a dash cam may be just a tiny box pointing forward and will record video onto an SD card that must be removed to access the footage. At their most complex, they capture footage in front, behind, and in the car, when the car is running or not running, and send the footage to the cloud so you can access it on any mobile device. Some dash cams even have a display so you can see what it is capturing in real time.

In this contest, we are giving away some of the newest dash cams, complete with amazing features, from three of the top dash cam brands: Garmin, Nextbase, and Thinkware. We have reviewed many dash cams on the Best Buy blog including some of the ones that we are giving away in this contest. I encourage you to read our articles to learn more about some of their features so you can decide what you want in your next dash cam. Here are the models we are giving away in this contest. Click on each image to learn more about that dashcam.

Thinkware dash cams

Nextbase dash cams

Garmin dash cams

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways.

  1. Visit the dash cam page at Best Buy to see some of the different types available, then in a comment below, tell us about two must have features you are looking for in a dash cam.
  2. For up to two (2) additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel (one entry per channel!) sharing with your friends and followers that you are entering a Best Buy Blog contest for a chance to win a dash cam to help you prepare for daylight saving time; include the hashtag #BestBuydashcamcontest, so we can find your post, and include the picture at the top of this article. Then return here and tell us in a comment below on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, etc.), but the post must be public so we can verify it is there.

What you can win

At the end of the contest we will randomly select sixteen (18) winners to win one of the  Garmin, Nextbase, or Thinkware dashcams shown above (we are giving away two of each dash cam shown).

This contest runs from February 24th until March 12th.

Remember you can enter this contest in two different ways. However, you likely know many people who love contests and who own cars. Those are the target audience for this contest so share this article with them so they too can have fun entering and have a chance to win.

Win a Garmin, Nextbase, or Thinkware dash cam Rules and Regulations

Good Luck.

Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. This contest is now closed. We will draw the winners soon in accordance with the rules. Return to the blog often to read great articles, learn about the latest technology, and to enter more contests. You never know when we’ll be doing another amazing giveaway!

  2. Bonjour! Built in microphone and night vision are the 2 main dashcam features I want. Merci beaucoup!

  3. Two must have features I’m looking for in a dash cam are:
    1. Parking Surveillance Mode
    2. Incident Capture and Playback

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