Dashcams have become a common vehicle accessory, with a huge percentage of vehicles on the roads sporting one. Affordable and easy to use, dashcams give drivers greater peace of mind when driving. Should an incident happen involving them, or someone else on the road, they have evidence. Which? stated that 1 in 4 drivers now have a dashcam to capture every mile of their journey. Spotting a car on the road with a dashcam is undoubtedly an incentive for other road users to improve their driving styles or behaviour. Also, with crash for cash scams becoming an increasing issue, it can only be a good thing.
Heavily used in the logistics and haulage industry, for HGV drivers, dashcams are a box-standard security measure. Used to capture potential incidents and keep the driver, vehicle, and its contents safe. When it comes to insurance claims in the transport industry, dashcams can be a key factor in saving huge amounts of money. Without evidence, generally, the cost of a claim goes between both parties. However, with footage of the incident itself, fleet operators can protect their company from false claims. This extra security can result in huge annual savings in insurance costs, putting drivers and operator’s minds at rest.
Quality Dashcams are Key
Due to the financial hit that comes with a false insurance claim, it is important for your fleet’s dashcams to be a good quality product. Durable and reliable. Also, the footage should clearly show what happened and which vehicles were involved, with vehicle registrations easy to pick out. For example, a 4K dashcam records footage in HD quality, day and night. So, whenever an incident occurs, the video evidence is clear. The below footage was captured from an IT1000 dashcam, a discontinued but still present model. Although we can see the incident, the image is quite unclear. Also, the license plates aren’t visible.
Time to Upgrade?
With a current Verilocation dashcam, the footage can be replayed and saved in 1080p resolution. Also, the dashcam has a panic button for drivers, which saves footage moments before, during, and after an event. The dashcam’s SD card has up to 26GB available. So, there should always be space available to save potential evidence. Furthermore, anti-tamper media storage ensures footage remains accurate and true. The below dashcam footage is from a recent camera system installation. The comparison in image quality is clear and shows how far camera technology has come over the last decade. You can clearly read the road signs and the general picture quality is a vast improvement.
Integration = Insight
As well as image quality greatly improving over the years, modern dashcams have better functionality and integration features. When you integrate your camera system with telematics technology, you can elevate your fleet management capabilities. For example, instant incident alerts from the Verilocation platform pinpoint the precise moment of an incident. It will also highlight footage to review. Ready and waiting for you to download. For operators with a large number of vehicles in their fleet, this can save a great deal of time. Not to mention a huge headache from trawling through hours of footage.
Of course, dashcams (or forward-facing cameras) aren’t the only component of the complete camera solution. Rear-view, side-view, driver-facing, and internal cameras quite literally give you a complete view of the vehicle. Robust and dependable, these cameras are designed with HGVs in-mind. Their features ensure your footage is always clear, and indisputable:
- Anti-vibration technology
- High-speed processors
- Wide viewing angles
- Built-in audio
- Water & debris proof
- Remote access & download
- Large hard-drive storage
- Excellent night-vision
To gain the highest level of understanding of an incident, an integrated system is a way to go. Even with a simple range of dashcams, when integrated with telematics you gain access to an extra layer of information. Including the driver’s speed, harsh braking, and accelerometer data. This information and context of the incident are vital when a claim arises. Particularly from a dashcam point of view. You have an inside look at what your driver experienced. To get closer to the truth, ensure your camera system is of the highest spec and provides the clearest image possible.