What Makes Dash Cams So Beneficial for Commercial Vehicle Fleets?

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Dashboard cameras (dash cams) and other onboard vehicle cameras have been an incredible tool for fleet management. Over the years, dash cam usage has evolved from just buses and police cars to all kinds of vehicle fleets and services. Transport, trucking, taxi and delivery services are being transformed by integrating video telematics into their fleet management processes.

As this technology has become more widely available and easily accessible in recent years, many fleet companies are beginning to reap the benefits. Video telematics for commercial vehicle fleets can help reduce risk, increase efficiency, ensure security and improve driver training. Today’s dash cams are remotely accessible and IoT enabled, with other optional capabilities, to create a robust digital fleet management system.

Here is a list of the biggest benefits dash cams offer commercial vehicle fleets:

Exonerate Drivers and Protect Your Company from Fraudulent Claims

Accidents are an unfortunate – but inevitable – part of running a commercial vehicle fleet. Being on the road means that road incidents can happen and they will cause your fleet to slow down, put your drivers at risk and to incur financial, vehicle or reputational damage. By installing dash cams and other video telematics, you can help protect your company and drivers.

In close to 80% of all road accidents that occur between passenger vehicles and trucks, the passenger vehicle is as fault. However, fleet owners will know that this is not always reflected in insurance claims and the police reports being filed. The video evidence provided by dash cam footage is critical for exonerating drivers who are not at fault and protecting your company from fraudulent claims.

Video telematics have grown to include more than intelligent dash cams and automatic data uploading to the Cloud. Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) offer fleet managers live video and audio feeds, while Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) will alert drivers and managers to dangerous driver behaviour. ADAS helps prevent instances of harsh braking or accelerating, speeding, rolling stops, lane drifting and other risky driving behaviour.

Enhance Your Driver Training and Coaching Programmes 

Installing dash cams in the cabins of different drivers, in different vehicles and with different driving practices, your company can develop a vast database of real-time footage and insights into driver behaviour. The data collected by your company’s video telematics can be analysed and used to enhance the driver training you offer and coaching programmes you develop.

You can analyse telematic data to gain insights into various driver performance indicators, such as trip history, route tracking, road incidents, harsh events and video playback of good and bad driver behaviour. The opportunity to find and analyse poor driving habits allows fleet managers to deliver feedback to those drivers and use those lessons to better coach and train new drivers.

Improve Driver Behaviour and Reward Safe Driving 

Observing the behaviour of your drivers on the road using ADAS and recording footage of any serious driving events through DMS will do more than enhance new driver training and protect your drivers from fraudulent claims. Having this footage and data can help improve current driver behaviour and reward safe driving for those drivers who are role models for their peers.

Incentivising safe driving and good driver behaviour has become a significant benefit of integrating video telematics into your vehicle fleet. You can create a driver analytics dashboard that includes performance bonuses, video trip reviews, driver scorecard, overall driver rankings and other features. Fleet managers that celebrate and reward good driving will always build stronger, safer and more professional teams of drivers.

Ensure Your Vehicle Fleet’s Security 

Most of the video telematics and technology that have been integrated into modern dash cams are designed to operate during travel or when the ignition starts. In recent years, standby functionalities and parked modes have become a very popular dash cam feature. These features are designed to record when the vehicle is off or to turn on when any motion is detected in or around the vehicle.

This footage helps prevent break-ins, hit-and-runs and vandalism, as well as improve the response time of your local law enforcement with real-time alerts and offer live video feeds to your operations centre. Dash cams are most effective when they are combined with other telematics tools, such as fleet tracking, driver communications and route monitoring, helping to ensure your fleet’s safety and security.

Reduce Insurance Costs and Simplify Claims

Dash cams provide clear video evidence of any road incidents that occur, so that companies can simplify the insurance claims process by providing proof of what really happened in an accident. Resolving insurance claims sooner can save fleet companies a lot of time, resources and stress. Installing fleetwide dash cams will also provide insurance companies with evidence of reliable driver behaviour and your commitment to fleet safety, which reduces your insurance premiums.

Why Are Dash Cam Fleets So Good?

Dashboard cameras, fleet tracking, Internet connectivity and other vehicle telematics have been transforming commercial vehicle fleets for the better. Using video telematics and dash cam technology you can monitor your fleet in real time and ensure every vehicle safe and secure, all the while increasing productivity and improving driver training. Dash cams are so good because they were designed with fleet managers and their drivers in mind.

If you are looking for the latest in fleet management solutions or are wanting to integrate video telematics into your vehicle fleet operations, speak to one of our expert consultants at Landmark Tracking.