4 ways in-vehicle cameras enhance tracking data
by Fiona Taylor
Got tracking but not thought about in-vehicle cameras?
For years vehicle tracking systems have been helping businesses large and small across the country to gain control back of their fleet. The systems have been helping to reduce costs and streamline processes making businesses more efficient. Recently the addition of in-vehicle cameras have brought forward more ways to improve your fleet.
An in-vehicle camera or witness camera, is a great way to enhance the safety of your fleet and your drivers. But will they help your vehicle tracking data? We believe so, here are our 4 reasons why:
1 – In-vehicle cameras increase the security of your fleet.
Your vehicle tracking site can be set up to alert you if a vehicle is used out of set hours. A geofence can easily be set up on your tracking system to do this. An in-vehicle camera, if you choose one that records inside the vehicle as well as forward facing, will show you who was driving. So in the event your vehicle is stolen you can be alerted when it is moved, and then you can get the video of who was driving. Case closed officer!
2 – In-vehicle cameras will help reduce accidents.
You can use your vehicle tracking to review;
- where your drivers are,
- where they have been,
- which routes they have taken and
- what speeds they have traveled.
What you can’t see from the gps data is their placement in the road, how they behave at roundabouts etc. Using this information from your in-vehicle camera will allow the drivers to see themselves as they normally wouldn’t, allowing them an opportunity to change their behaviour whilst driving and therefore reduce the risk of accidents.
3 – Monitoring driver behaviour is easier with an in-vehicle camera.
Using your tracking data to monitor the driving style of your drivers will be enhanced by the video footage from your cameras. You can use this in training sessions and 1-to-1 performance reviews with your drivers.
The usual information that you have from your tracking system will include speeding data, harsh braking and harsh accelerating events. You will see the full route that your drivers took. However the camera will show you how they were driving compared to other vehicles on the road.
You will be able to see from this information whether your drivers need help with any aspect of the routes that you give them. Maybe a refresher course on motorway driving might be useful.
4 – In-vehicle cameras can reduce your insurance premiums.
Insurance companies aren’t always the bad guys – they do want to help you make your fleet safer and more efficient. An independent witness camera will be able to show the insurance company exactly what happened in the event of an accident.
Paired with a few years of tracking data that shows how careful your drivers are, the in-vehicle camera should allow the insurance company to give you a renewal quote specifically for your circumstances. The in-vehicle camera will also help you in a situation where someone has made a false claim against you.
Have you used in-vehicle cameras before? What did you think of them? We’d be interested to read your comments below.
Want to know more about in-vehicle cameras and how they can help you in your business? Give one of the team a call in the office on 01274 587748 and we will be more than happy to help.