5 Ways Dash Cameras Can Help Protect Truck Drivers On The Road

Improving driver safety and minimizing traffic accidents is an ongoing challenge for modern fleet managers, who frequently find themselves distracted from other critical tasks as a result. Now is the time when fleets may benefit from dash cameras, which can enhance procedures while ensuring driver safety.

Dashcams provide fleet managers with unprecedented levels of useful data. Now more than ever before, artificial intelligence is within reach, and it is transforming commercial fleets. 

In the context of fleet management, how is AI relevant?

As a result, AI capabilities are now included in some of the top dash cam systems. With the help of artificial intelligence and machine learning, dash cams can constantly record traffic and driver actions.

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There are several advantages. Below, we will talk about a few.

Dash Cams: What Are They?

Video recording devices specifically engineered for installation and usage in motor vehicles are known as dash cams. Their common installation location—the vehicle dashboard—is the inspiration for their moniker.

A dash camera trucks usually goes a long way back. Speaking of history, they were first introduced in the 1930s. The only true purpose for what was previously known as “windshield cameras” was in law enforcement, and their usage was extremely limited. 

This technology is now standard in many automobiles and commercial vehicles thanks to the evolution of both dash cameras and motor vehicles.

Thanks to innovations like GPS, night vision, and artificial intelligence, modern dashcams are far more practical than their predecessors. A company’s drivers and fleet can benefit from their services in the following ways.

1. Dash Cams Assist in Clearing Drivers’ Names

Transportation companies bear the financial burden of accidents. They can also make drivers face legal trouble, affecting their chances of getting a job in the future. When drivers are not at blame in a collision, video footage may clear their names fast. The use of cameras eliminates the element of “he said, she said” and presents an objective record of the events as they transpired.

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In 2021, ROADs introduced the Clarity Dashcam to their fleet.

2. Proof in the Case of an Accident

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that using dash cams with event-based triggers reduced collision injuries by 35% and fatal crashes by 20%.

There may be competing accounts of who was at fault in an accident. In the case of an accident, the recorded video from a dash cam may be pretty helpful in determining what happened, which can clear your drivers’ names and even lower your insurance rates.

3. Preventing Future Dangers

To heal from and avoid similar traffic accidents in the future, it is essential to piece together what happened just before the crash. 

When supplying fleet managers with footage about individual incidents and patterns of conduct that can be handled and remedied, dashcam footage may be pivotal. 

Dash cams may detect careless conduct by triggering alerts and assist managers in reducing future hazards, whether it’s constant idling, being distracted, or aggressive driving.

4. Eliminate Dangerous Driving Practices

Modern fleet camera systems can capture more than just the road ahead. One example is how Netradyne’s AI-driven technology evaluates sleepiness and other forms of distracted driving. 

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Both good and bad conduct can be captured by a sophisticated camera that faces the driver. It is essential for fleet managers to accurately record drivers’ positive driving behaviors so they can encourage them and provide them feedback on how they may improve. Recognizing and rewarding drivers for their good behavior increases the likelihood that they will continue to do so.

Online performance reviews are a part of Netradyne’s Driver app’s system-automated training sessions. That way, drivers may stay on the road instead of sitting in the manager’s office. With the accompanying smartphone application, drivers can take charge of their learning process, boosting efficiency and allowing them to keep getting better.

5. Finding Low-Cost Insurance Options

Fleet insurance premiums, which may amount to $10,000 or more, are one of the largest operational expenses that trucking firms face, as we’ve discussed in earlier pieces.

One way to lower your insurance costs is to install dash cams across your fleet. A “pay-as-you-go” or “pay-as-you-drive” model is offered by several insurance firms as a discount. 

Insurance companies may use telematics data collected from dashcams to tailor rates to the specific driving habits of their insured fleet. This technology provides an unbiased, all-encompassing view of your fleet’s operations by tracking driver actions in real time. 

Dash cam footage can drastically alter your company’s rates and how your fleet is insured. 

Different Kinds of Dashcams

Here are a few ways to tell dashcams apart: the presence or absence of cables in the setup and the storage path used to save the recorded footage.

1. An external memory card—In-camera storage is the default for dash cams that use storage. Moving the files to a computer is an absolute must. Extra memory cards will be required at some point. Another option would be to save this movie to the cloud.

The risk of missing or corrupted video is higher when a manual process is used.

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2. Cloud storage can be useful for dash cams as well. If you have an internet-connected dashboard camera, you may be able to wirelessly upload footage to the cloud. 

3. The “Wireless” variety is cloud-based and internet-connected. Even though they claim to be wireless, many dashcams on sale today need a cable to get power. 

In the end!

Every manager and driver may benefit from a fleet camera system. Despite their obtrusive appearance, internal and exterior dash cams safeguard your workers. By providing drivers with timely notifications about unsafe driving habits and encouraging them to maintain safe driving practices, dashcams can ensure their safety on the road. 

Drivers can be cleared of blame in accident cases by using objective camera evidence. Every driver’s performance review may be conducted objectively by managers who can track their whereabouts.

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