In today’s crash-for-cash climate, the presence of vehicle cameras is a rising trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed. From simple forward-facing dash-cams, to full multi-channel DVR solutions, installing a vehicle camera solution not only protects your drivers against any false allegations, but can also result in a range of additional benefits, from improved driving behaviour and lowered insurance premiums.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Have a read of our top 5 reasons why you should be investing today…
1. Protect your drivers with indisputable evidence
According to Aviva they have seen a 9.5% yearly increase in the number of fraudulent claims in recent years. With industry figures showing 1 in 10 personal injury claims are linked to suspected crash-for-cash schemes, it is important to have evidence to support your claim. The presence of in-vehicle cameras, or “dash cams” not only deters fraudsters from targeting your vehicle but also provides accurate and admissible video evidence of any incident.
2. Reduce your insurance premiums
As the need for cameras has increased so has the technology. More advanced vehicle camera solutions are now being equipped with g-shock readers and 3G/4G sim cards, meaning that they are able to provide real-time SMS/email alerts and instant access to the footage of any detected incidents (this does not apply to SD card based cameras). This feature can make a big difference to speeding up the claims process with the ability to provide your insurers with FNOL (First Notification Of Loss) and indisputable evidence of exactly what happened. In the long run this saves you money through avoiding insurance ‘reserves’ and legal fees.
3. Improved safety (of your drivers and other road users)
As with any business with a fleet of vehicles, your drivers are the face of your company and bad drivers means bad business. Not only does it run the risk of impacting your businesses’ hard-earned reputation but it also affects your drivers safety. Installing forward-facing and/or driver-facing cameras can reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring as your driver’s are aware of their actions being monitored to a degree. With multiple recognition schemes asking for cameras on HGV’s for maximum safety, the use of multi-channel cameras gives the drivers and transport team more insight into their safety procedures. Professional multi-channel cameras can also be linked to in-cab monitors to provide the driver with 360 vision of their vehicle, eliminating blind spots and ensuring the safety of the driver, other vehicles, and cyclists/pedestrians.
“Not only has the general level of safety for our drivers improved, we’ve also been able to save on costs because of reduced unnecessary insurance payments.” Steve Newton – Boughey Distribution Transport Manager
4. Fuel savings & reduced wear and tear
A lesser known benefit of vehicle camera solutions is the potential for cameras to save your company money in day-to-day fleet costs. After speaking to Transport Managers at our latest camera forum at the beginning of March, it was made clear that after having cameras installed into their commercial vehicles, driver’s adopted a different mindset. The opportunity to be praised for great driving, defend themselves from claims and knowing they have a live witness on-board creates a more conscious driver that was mindful of their driving behaviour, resulting in reduce fuel usage and less wear and tear on the vehicles.
5. Personalised feedback/training
When it comes to improving driver performance, camera footage of driver’s reactions can be invaluable as it creates a feedback/training approach that is driver specific. By downloading and watching the footage with your drivers and using the camera’s detailed g-force and accelerometer data, you can quickly identify specific areas for improvement and create targeted incentive programmes for them.
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Not quite sure exactly what camera package you need? Verilocation offers an extensive range of vehicle camera solutions from single forward facing dash cams to multi-camera MDVR systems, allowing you to build the perfect package to suit your exact fleet requirements.