A professional-grade dash cam system in your vehicle can:
- Be an objective witness
- Tell you when it’s time to train or coach your driver
- Integrate with the ELD system
Dash camera benefits can save your company a lot of money, increase safety and the performance of your fleet.
Installing a fleet video monitoring system integrated with your fleet’s ELD solution gives you the ability to remotely access stored video. Seeing what your drivers see will improve driver incident rates and skill levels.
What is a dash cam?
Dash cams are also known as dashboard cameras, fleet dash cams or car dash cams. These are video cameras attached to the interior of the vehicle, often on the dashboard or rearview mirror.
There are front and rear dash cams, as well as side mount, interior, and exterior cameras. Dash cameras can be battery operated or powered by the vehicle’s electrical system.
The best dash cam benefits
Commercial vehicles are exposed to more extremes than non-commercial automobiles. Fleets require dash cams that can record continuously for hours on end, handle jolts and bumps and continue functioning during temperature fluctuations.
Many pro-grade dash cams include GPS data embedded in the video footage, record HD video and may include Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology that can help you capture quality videos and high-level detail, such as license plate numbers, in both bright and dark lighting.
Here are a few top features to look for when you consider professional grade dash cams for your fleet.
Dual-facing dash cam
Dual-facing dash cams record the road and the interior of the cab. KeepTruckin’s Smart Dashcam streamlines coaching helps protect drivers, and will intelligently provide drivers with safety alerts.
Integration with your fleet management software
Integrating your dash cam with the KeepTruckin Asset Gateway allows your fleet manager to pull asset reports and view where their equipment is at all times.
Critical event detection
When a dash cam with a built-in accelerometer, aka G-sensor, detects unusually strong jolts, hard braking, acceleration or impact from a collision, it will switch to event mode and record footage in a protected section of memory for later retrieval.
Depending on the brand of dash cam, recording typically begins 10 seconds before an incident, through to a minute after.
Meal service company exonerates driver with KeepTruckin’s Smart Dashcam footage
The benefit of a dash cam with G-sensor technology is the ability to automatically record crucial footage without intervention from the driver. Ask the owner of Nybll, a California-based foodservice provider.
A Nybll driver was involved in a collision when a motorcycle hit the rear of his vehicle. The driver had the KeepTruckin Smart Dashcam installed. Video proof from the dash cam ultimately showed that Nybll’s driver was not at fault. He was not cited, and the company was saved from having to potentially pay out a large settlement, including personal injury.
The cost of collisions
Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- The average cost of a fatal collision is $3,600,000
- An injury collision costs nearly $200,000
- The overall average cost of collisions is $91,000 per incident
Reduce costs and improve driver safety
Injuries, workers’ compensation, attorney fees, and repairs cost time and money. With a reliable dash cam, managers can review recorded video and provide personalized, one-on-one coaching to drivers, improving safety and reducing unnecessary litigation and costs.
Exonerating a driver with video proof
“Footage from KeepTruckin’s Smart Dashcam exonerated our driver on the spot and saved us what could have been close to $50K in damages,” says crude oil transporter D&A McRae’s terminal manager Ron Conrad.
His driver had to make a quick lane change when another truck cut him off. Unfortunately, the back of his trailer clipped a passenger vehicle. No one was hurt, but a citation could have cost several hundred dollars and hurt the driver’s CSA score.
Management was able to remotely download relevant video from its dash cam and email it to the patrol officer, who made it a part of the official report. The D&A McRae driver was not cited.
Investing in dash cams for your fleet
Is it time to invest in a dash cam system? As the above example shows, the return on your investment in dash cam technology can be quite high.
In a more serious accident, when the driver is exonerated by dash cam footage, the real savings can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Also, fleets and drivers will enjoy using cutting edge technology in the truck — GPS, telematics, and fleet management solutions.
What’s the cost of not investing in dash cam technology?
Consider the cost savings from avoiding one fraudulent claim or the lost revenue from even one collision. Having this technology in place before you need it can save you far more than the cost of the cameras.
Dash cam benefits
Hopefully, you’ll never know how much a serious accident can cost the carrier. Without a doubt, the benefits of having a dash cam system far outweigh the risks of going without one.
Your dash cam can help you keep your drivers safe, provide training and coaching opportunities on an ongoing basis, and be an objective witness to what really happens when your vehicle is on the road.
Learn more by reading our Ultimate Guide to Dash cams.