Over the past few years we’ve been seeing more and more dashcam videos being uploaded online. You can’t deny that we gain a great deal of pleasure from seeing people drive awfully, and even more so from those serious road rage incidents.

These videos, many which have gone viral, do have a wider purpose, even if we’re not quite aware of it.

Shaming these idiot drivers makes us look at our own driving habits and suddenly we’re all much more eager to indicate in car parks or change lanes carefully.

Does this mean we’re worried about appearing on a dedicated dashcam site such as Roadshamer.com? Or are we simply looking at these idiot drivers and vowing that we’ll never drive like that.

One of my pet hates is people not indicating – particularly in car parks – however, in the last six months I’ve been pleasantly surprised by people indicating in places where they usually wouldn’t.

In terms of dangerous driving, indicating isn’t top of the list but it’s a start! You’re never going to stop the real idiots from causing havoc on the road but perhaps these dashcam videos are making the more sensible driving population look a little closer at how they use the roads.

Bicycle cut off at roundabout – powered by roadshamer.com

Dashcam videos have certainly brought up the topic of how car drivers treat cyclists and, in some cases, vice versa. Non-cycle riders are suddenly aware of how vulnerable these road users are. We need to give them space and stay patient when it comes to overtaking.

There are always going to be idiots on the road but perhaps dashcams are going change that. We can shame these bad drivers for their behaviour and take a closer look at road safety. This might be a slow process but I think it’s a step in the right direction.

Do you think dashcams are making our roads safer?