It has become increasingly popular to install dash cams in truck fleets. If you are undecided as to the benefits of installing them into your own fleet, our list of benefits below will show you how dash cams can be used to improve driver safety, increase efficiency and provide security and evidence in the case of accidents.
By nature of the job accidents will happen that are not the fault of the driver. Having an effective solution and video evidence of any accidents can be used in any insurance claim or, in extreme examples. The footage can be given to the police. Insurance companies will want concrete proof that it was not your driver who was the cause of an accident. By having a dash cam installed, you will be able to provide them with this evidence and lower any collision costs. You can read a guide on the different types of dash cams for trucks to find out which type is best for your operation.
A driver's safety is paramount in sustaining productivity and maintaining a healthy working environment. The availability of video footage enables managers to monitor the behavior of drivers and address ill-discipline before it becomes problematic. Drivers are the face of a company and these are the people who customers or potential customers interact with and poor behavior will not reflect well on a business. Employees are kept safe and any potential risks to a supply chain caused by driver error can be mitigated.
Effective training will improve the efficiency of your business and there is no better way to demonstrate best practices than through real life examples of exemplary employees. Evidence of poor practice can be shown to drivers and rectified through proper training before it results in an accident. Efficiency is improved as managers will not have to physically accompany drivers throughout their training, as they will have access to real-time footage of what the driver can see.
Fleet Managers Can Track Fleet Efficiency
This relates to undisciplined drivers but also helps fleet managers to improve productivity while being adequately able to keep track of driver behavior. Company policies are hard to enforce if there is no effective way of keeping an eye on employees. When drivers know they are being monitored, they are more likely to follow rules and adhere to safety standards. This, in turn, allows fleet managers to focus on optimizing productivity and other problems that may arise in the supply chain, rather than focusing on matters of ill-discipline.
This may appear obvious, but the benefits cannot be understated if you are carrying high value goods. You need to know how to protect your company vehicles to have a full circle safety process in place. Most modern cameras will be backed up to a cloud, which allows managers to observe drivers in real-time and allows for the footage of any crimes that take place to be readily available. In the event that goods or even the vehicle are stolen, evidence can be taken to the police giving quicker resolution to the matter and minimal disruption to the operation of your business. It's a win-win.