An accident has just happened with one of your fleets and your telematics solution is at the ready with valuable information. You then discover that you’re even more ahead of the game thanks to the in-car video system you’ve recently installed in all our fleets. While telematics has the ability to tell you what happened, video goes a step further by showing you the reason why.
Mobile video technology has emerged as a powerful tool for fleet operators to maximize the value received from telematics while helping fleets reduce risk and keeping drivers safe. Dashboard cameras can be very beneficial for companies because they provide an objective record of what happened during an accident. Having a dash cam often eliminates the need to unravel the conflicting perspectives of the affected parties in an accident. The camera can clearly show important facts like who had the right-of-way or if speeding was a major cause. This can go a long way in defending a driver and reduce fraudulent claims of injuries or accident set-ups.
Dash cams are also useful for fleet managers to monitor drivers and identify those who may need extra training or discipline. A periodic review of footage from vehicle cameras can help managers improve their drivers’ safety behind the wheel.
Benefits of an In-Car Video System
In-vehicle video camera systems deliver powerful benefits to fleet operators in the form of:
Better Driver Risk Management
The best driver risk management (DRM) programs now incorporate event video to isolate the root causes of driving behavior and provide better coaching during training sessions. Telematics data identifies good and bad driving based on data points like speed, hard turning, acceleration and others. Video then isolates the specific driving habits that cause the risky behaviors. Are harsh braking events caused by following too close or by distracted driving? Video also motivates better in-cab performance, dramatically reducing the frequency and severity of critical incidents.
The proper handling of accidents when they happen has become an essential element of fleet management. Timely video evidence of critical incidents and accidents, called “first notification of loss (FNOL)” by insurers, helps exonerate drivers and fleet directors in personal injury cases, and criminal or regulatory prosecutions. Even when the driver is at fault, FNOL reduces the cost of insurance processing and payouts by up to 40%, keeping your premiums in check.
When it comes to operational effectiveness, the real-time situational awareness provided by an in-car video system helps refine operations, improve customer relations and increase profitability. Did complications at the customer site impede delivery? Was the driver off-route for personal or professional reasons? Are road, weather, traffic or other route conditions impacting fuel consumption and vehicle wear and tear? Answers to such questions become readily available with the use of in-vehicle video camera systems.
Finally, in-cab safety monitoring can help employers reduce risk and keep drivers and passengers safe. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. In addition to the emotional toll it takes on a business when a fatality occurs or an employee is wounded in an accident, work-related vehicle incidents can become very costly to employers and drivers. Dash cams can become instrumental tools in ensuring driver safety and preventing accidents from happening.
The Right In-Car Video System for You
Choosing the right mobile video solution for your fleet is easier than ever. Advantage Asset Tracking explains some of essential features to look for when considering mobile video solutions. Count on our dedicated team to always prioritize your individual business needs and provide solutions that meet your operational requirements and resource allocations.