Telematics runs the gamut from fleet tracking software and collision-avoidance technology to lane-deviation systems and fuel-saving technologies. While all types of telematics have benefits for commercial fleets, video telematics systems especially can take your fleet to a new realm of safety, efficiency and performance.
Here are eight unique ways that video telematics systems can work magic in your fleet.
1. Video telematics systems show the big picture.
When a risky event occurs on the road, telematics can provide valuable details about a vehicle’s speed and location. It can even alert drivers to a close call. But only video telematics systems can provide context showing why an incident happened.
With both an outside lens and an inside lens to capture driver behavior, video telematics systems are primed to answer important questions such as “was the driver alert?” “Did an object interfere with his or her line of vision?” or “Who was at fault?” Where telematics tells part of the story, video telematics systems can reveal the whole story. And that can make all the difference when you’re trying to get to the root cause of a collision or near-miss.
2. Video telematics systems facilitate continuous improvement.
Video can be a powerful training tool used to coach drivers and perfect their skills. Video coaching and the continuous training it provides can sharpen drivers’ awareness and burnish their talents, transforming good drivers into great drivers.
3. Video telematics systems can reduce costs.
By helping create safer drivers, video telematics systems can boost a company’s bottom line in the form of fewer collisions, reduced vehicle damage and low insurance premiums. And who doesn’t love saving a little money?
4. Video telematics systems can act as a reliable eyewitness.
When a commercial driver is falsely accused of causing a collision, video can exonerate the driver, save their job and protect a fleet from paying out damages. Exoneration also will help protect your company’s reputation—and you can’t really put a price on that.
5. Video telematics systems can address operational blind spots.
For commercial fleets craving greater efficiency, a video telematics system can offer a diverse set of solutions. It can help prove your driver made a delivery, defend against workers compensation claims and even help ensure your team is meeting safety standards in the field.
6. Video telematics systems can highlight a driver’s achievements.
Incredible acts of heroism occur on America’s roadways every day. And whether video telematics systems capture a driver’s act of bravery or a simple act of impressive driving, they present coaches with an opportunity to reward drivers for a job well done. Even the simplest acknowledgement, such as a gift certificate or praise during a team meeting, can encourage exceptional driver performance, build morale and boost engagement.
7. A video telematics system allows for real-time improvements.
With some video telematics systems, managers can remotely see what’s happening around the vehicle in real time. Features like this make it easier for managers to proactively respond to issues and problem solve in the field—right from their desk.
8. Video telematics systems offer coaches a valuable touchpoint with drivers.
Telematics provides useful data on aggressive driving habits such as hard braking and speeding. It can reduce fuel consumption and design more efficient routes. But it can’t cultivate relationships the way video can. When coaches commend stellar performance or offer helpful tips to drivers during coaching sessions, it helps foster mutual respect, build trust and retain drivers for a long time to come.
Are you considering implementing a video telematics system? We recommend finding a partner that can tailor their solution to your fleet’s unique needs. Learn more about what video telematics can do for your organization.