Drive for Work? Reasons Why Dash Cams Can Help Your Business!
There is currently over 50% of the population in the Uk that drives for business purposes, and this can be in the disguise of lorry drivers, delivery drivers, taxi drivers, and those who drive vehicles for health and social care provisions in the community, and so much more besides.
Businesses that have a vehicle fleet and drivers at the helm of the company are more likely to witness and be involved in road-related accidents and incidents. The drivers and vehicles spend so much time on the roads. The inevitable outcome is that they will experience more occurrences on the road that cause damage and injury versus a daily work commuter, for instance.
Installing dash cams can have so many benefits to businesses that operate on public roads. They can be one of those elements of business that can be essential to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your business.
So how can installing dashcams to your vehicles that are used for business actually help your business?
Let’s have a look at the top business considerations.
- They Can Provoke Safer Driving
By having a dashcam instilled in your work vehicles may provoke your drivers to conduct their driving duties more safely and mindfully.
When your workforce is driving with the full knowledge that their movements are being monitored, much like if they were to take a driving test or competency assessment, you would find that their driving skills and driving techniques will sharpen and make their driving style safer and more mindful.
You can increase productivity, increase the meeting of-time sensitive jobs, and reduce the frequency of accidents and incidents in your fleet.
- Insurance Claims Can Be Resolved Faster
When you are or have a fleet of professional drivers, you will notice that the instances of accidents and road-related occurrences can be felt far more acutely than an office-based team, for example.
When a road accident or incident causes damage or injury on public roads, there is likely to be an insurance claim instigated, which can cost the company both time and money.
A dashcam installation in the business vehicle can really assist when an insurance claim for damage or injury is instigated, and insurance companies will ask if you can submit or provide any relevant dashcam evidence in support of any insurance claims.
This provision of real-time incident recording can accelerate insurance claims and enable your business to keep moving forward for improvement faster.
- They Can Lower Insurance Premiums
Some insurance companies will actually offer lower premiums for those business vehicles that include dash cams in their vehicles. A reduced premium for dashcam inclusion may not be an automatic consideration, so please check with your current or prospective insurance provider.
The theory is in relation to insurance companies is that dashcams are a safety feature for the protection of both the driver and the vehicle itself, so much like an alarm system or immobiliser that protects vehicles from theft and damage, dashcams are considered a safety measure against false liability and safe driving mishaps.
Not every insurance company will incorporate this reduction in their underwriting process, so it’s always worth mentioning to your insurance company to see if they use dashcams as a safety consideration when calculating premiums.
- You Can use them To Monitor Driver Compliance And Highlight Further Training Needs.
When professional drivers are a major (or only) part of your business operation, you can imagine that there will be many instances where the drivers must routinely prove their skills via assessment or observation. Continual driver assessment can be lengthy and include lots of manpower to execute, especially for a large fleet.
By implementing dashcam front and rear, and specifically a telematics version of the dashcam, you will be able to monitor things such as:
- The travelling speed of every vehicle in the fleet
- The precise location of any vehicle at any time
- The historical movement patterns of any fleet vehicle
- Harsh braking and acceleration, as well as erratic cornering
- Incidences of distracted-driving accidents and evasive correction
- Fuel efficiency and overall vehicle performance data
This kind of data can be crucial in highlighting areas of improvement within your driver fleet in the interim times between CPD assessments and observances. This can enable the driving style to be addressed and corrected at a much quicker rate than if it wasn’t discovered and potentially caused a fault claim on the companies insurance.
Overall, the implementation of dash cams in those vehicles that are used in a fleet or for business can help those parent businesses to:
- Be more efficient
- Lower insurance premiums
- Reduce the instances of accidents and injury on the road
- Improve individual drivers skills and continuing professional development
- Highlight any drivings areas that may need to be improved
- Assist in swifter insurance claims
- Lower cases of accident liability through lack of evidence
- Keep other road users safe
- Keep the company assets safe
If you have a business that requires a lot of road time, the overall investment in a dashcam in each of your vehicles may well incur an initial outlay.
However, as time moves on and you see that there are fewer cases of accident and injury liability, you notice that your drivers are conducting their duties more sufficiently, and you have less time that is swallowed up dealing with lots of ambiguous insurance claims, you will see that it is certainly a business investment worth making for the safety, sustainability, and profit of your business.
Your drivers are assets too, and having dashcams in each vehicle will help further their driving abilities and capabilities, enabling them to receive further training and guidance wherever needed, which will keep your business moving in the right directions for quality, efficiency, and safety.
Protection is critical in business, to your assets, your workers, and your time and money.