10 Benefits of Using Video Telematics to Manage Your Fleet
Using video telematics can mean the difference between the success or failure of a fleet management program.
Using video telematics in your fleet management technology program provides data integral to the long-term functioning of your fleet. A telematics program that incorporates video creates the accountability that every fleet manager should have. You want to be aware of any driver behaviors that can be problematic to the safe and efficient completion of a route. Telematics has the power to detect and report unsafe driver behaviors such as:
- Rapid acceleration
- Hard braking
- Sudden stops
- Hard turning
- Speeding over 75 mph
- Speeding over 80 mph
- Speeding over 85 mph
Integrating video telematics into your fleet management business may initially be met with mistrust and opposition from your employees. But, creating a driver incentive program as a part of the process can make the transition easier for everyone. By including everyone in the transition, you can create a company-wide commitment to using video telematics technology. An effective driver incentive program will educate and empower drivers towards a higher standard of service. Some examples of incentives for consistently performing well could include:
- Cash bonuses.
- Monthly awards or recognition using certificates or recognition during company meetings.
- Promotion and career advancement to train and onboard new employees and coach drivers who need improvement.
10 Benefits of Using Video Telematics
Using video telematics has many times been the difference between the success or failure of a business. Here are 10 benefits of using video telematics to help improve security, create accountability and streamline your business:
With video data, fleet managers have access to accurate time and date stamping that monitors the number of hours worked with real-time en route video which can expedite the reimbursement process. Not only can videomatics ensure paycheck accuracy, but in collaboration with a GPS tracking device, videomatics can track location with up-to-date data that reacts to circumstances in real-time.
Playing it Safe
Videomatics technology can work as a mechanism that protects their personal safety in real-time. Cameras monitoring vehicle cabs tend to decrease the risk of bad driving behaviors. They also help to provide accurate video data in the event of a traffic accident or if the vehicle malfunctions.
Access to video data surrounding an accident can be very beneficial for establishing fault. Cameras facing into the cab can determine what actions the driver took during and prior to the collision, while outward-facing dash cameras can show what behavior the other driver exhibited that may have caused the crash. Video data can provide irrefutable proof that mitigates false claims and can protect your company from fraud.
Did you know that installing active dash cameras in your fleet can potentially lower your insurance rates? Insurance companies often provide discounts for fleets using video telematics as a protective measure against false insurance claims. Ask your insurance professional if they support safe driving through the use of videomatics technology.
Utilization of GPS and videomatics technology removes the guesswork from vehicle locating. When your trucks and their contents are left unattended, active cameras can protect your investments from theft and vandalism. Some videomatics models offer live video streaming, location tracking, and speed tracking, all in an effort to make sure your vehicles are always where they need to be. With this real-time availability, fleet managers can also monitor timely deliveries and observe customer-driven interactions.
With the vast amounts of data collected by videomatics technology, proper organization becomes a necessity. That’s why most video telematics comes pre-equipped with methods to process this data like looped video, which prevents a clog of excess data. By maintaining an automatic record and deletion process, your data can be available when you need it and removed when you don’t.
Another important aspect of data management is protecting it from malicious use. Video cameras can discourage any manual tampering within a vehicle’s cab, protecting your assets from physical hackers. For digital safety, businesses should have a clear policy regarding data backstock, usage and who has the ability to view it.
Section 179 dictates that companies that invest in qualifying business use equipment, can deduct the full purchase price from the year’s gross income. This means that if you buy or lease video telematics devices, you may be able to deduct the purchase as a business expense during the following tax season. This is a great opportunity to invest in your business and expand your available technological assets without breaking the bank.
Stellar Customer Service
Fleet managers can use videomatics to monitor their fleet and ensure that deliveries run smoothly. With access to video evidence, you can verify that products are delivered efficiently, preserving your company’s stellar reputation. Combined with GPS telematic technology, dash cams can record the time employees arrive at their destinations and keep track of the loading and unloading of inventory.
Assisting Law Enforcement
The cause of vehicle collisions is often hard to pinpoint. Memories are often scattered and stories may conflict due to the unexpected nature of crashes. Dash cameras are beneficial for law enforcement officers, as they attempt to establish who is at fault in roadside accidents. With cameras actively recording, law enforcement officers have access to a clear and accurate portrayal of the accident as it occurs.
Working with your employees to commit to using videomatics in your fleet can help to improve everything from the operations of your business to having secure video data in the event you need it. With so many benefits associated with fleet video technology, you and your drivers can work together to streamline your business practices and improve your company’s fleet management system. Contact our Fleet Advisors to discuss integrating video into your fleet management program.