We think that dashcams make an excellent investment on any fleet, but we know that some of you remain unconvinced. You tell us that they’re a waste of money, they’re overrated and they don’t do the job they’re designed for. We disagree. Here are just a few reasons why fleet camera systems are not overrated and why we think you should consider investing.
UK roads are generally very safe, but accidents still happen. There are, on average, 175,000 injuries caused by road traffic accidents in the UK each year. Between 1700 and 1800 of those will be fatal. Even accidents that don’t result in any injury take time and effort to sort out.
That’s where fleet camera systems can make a difference. They can give you an accurate account of an accident straight away. The footage can help insurers to make an early decision. It also potentially avoids the need for you to spend money on solicitors or for your drivers to go to court. The footage can also help you and your insurers to defeat fraudulent ‘cash for crash’ claims. These claims often involve staged crashes, claims from non-existent passengers and even witnesses who weren’t actually there. Dashcam footage has helped insurers to defeat around 2,400 fraudulent claims every week.
This can feel a bit like you’re Big Brother watching your driver’s every move, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Some of our clients have found that the presence of a dashcam encourages their drivers to drive more safely as they know they could be monitored.
A fleet camera system also allows you to reassure your drivers that you’ll back them up. If a reliable driver is involved in an accident you’ll probably be willing to support them if they deny being at fault. A dashcam means that you have the evidence to support them without question, or take action to improve their performance if necessary.
A fleet camera system doesn’t just help you to back your drivers up in an accident. It can be a real help if they run into difficulties on the road.
The right system can also allow you to monitor and protect your vehicles whilst they’re parked. Some systems only operate when a vehicle is moving. Others can be activated by motion sensors that operate when the vehicle is parked as well. If another vehicle hits yours and drives off the dashcam can capture footage to allow the other vehicle to be traced. It can also detect any attempted break in or theft.
The benefits of a fleet camera system only come into their own when you have the right system for your needs. A standard off the shelf dashcam may only face in one direction. That’s not much help if you have a front facing camera and someone hits you from behind.
Your investment will only be worthwhile if you have a system that covers all of your needs. If you think that fleet camera systems are overrated, are you basing your opinion on systems that don’t cover all of the angles?