Mobile video solutions are becoming more common among fleet sizes ranging from as big as UPS to as small as a local HVAC company. Companies invest too much money in their fleets to not protect them.
However, many believe a mobile video system is too costly or isn’t worth the time and energy to implement.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here are six ways mobile video solutions protect your fleet.
Accidents are Reduced With Mobile Video Solutions
Fleets that operate large distribution trucks face a lot of challenges. It’s hard to navigate those big rigs in big cities, and if that isn’t hard enough, distracted motorists add to fleet operators’ headaches.
A mobile video solution with side cameras, a rear camera and a monitor inside the cab provides your drivers with a complete view of their vehicle. Imagine if your driver had a 3600 view of their vehicle at all times.
The monitor allows your drivers to see potential hazards when in reverse or during other maneuvers; it’s like they have eyes in the back of their heads! Coupled with object detection systems, drivers can get audible alerts when the vehicle gets too close to an object.
Below is an example of direct accident costs (property damage, injury and fatality) a fleet in the food distribution industry could incur per year and how much they could save each year by implementing a mobile video solution.
By purchasing a mobile video solution, you could save more than $1.2 million per year by avoiding direct accident costs. That’s a lot of dough!
This chart doesn’t even include indirect accident costs, which include litigation, insurance premiums and downtime.
Downtime is Limited With Mobile Video Solutions
When your driver gets into an accident, the vehicle needs to be repaired (thank you, Captain Obvious). A vehicle being repaired cannot be used, which means losses in productivity and revenue.
As a fleet operator, reducing downtime is one of your most important challenges, and a mobile video solution keeps your fleet running smoothly by avoiding those accidents, thus reducing downtime.
Drivers Can be Exonerated With Mobile Video Solutions
One of the biggest perks of a mobile video solution is the ability to exonerate your drivers in the case of an accident. It’s infuriating when an accident boils down to “he said, she said” with no way to prove your driver’s innocence.
With a digital video recorder, you can see exactly what caused an accident. The onus is no longer on the driver to remember the details. And with night vision cameras, you won’t miss accidents that happen in low-light environments.
Fraudulent Insurance Claims and Costs are Reduced With Mobile Video Solutions
As if getting into an accident isn’t bad enough, it isn’t uncommon for you as a fleet manager to deal with fraudulent insurance claims. It costs a lot of money to insure an entire fleet of vehicles, and having that premium go up because of an accident your driver didn’t cause is frustrating.
With a mobile video solution, you have proof of a distracted motorist causing an accident and promptly claiming your driver was at fault.
Mobile Video Solutions Provide Coaching Opportunities
In the event of an accident, whether it was caused by your driver or not, a recording of that incident is a terrific way to teach current and future drivers. Nobody likes training videos, but real-world situations are a good training tool.
You can use the video to explain what happened and what steps the driver should have taken to avoid an accident or what the driver can do to minimize damage.
Mobile Video Solutions Monitor Thefts
Most mobile video solutions are implemented for accident prevention and safety, but they also can be used to monitor theft.
If a package is missing from a delivery truck, you can reference the video and identify the thief, removing the blame from the driver for not delivering the package.
Pro-Vision’s solutions offer the option to record for a set amount of time after the vehicle is turned off, so the vehicle doesn’t have to remain on to record.
As you can see, there are tons of ways mobile video solutions protect your fleet. In the long run, an investment in a mobile video solution will end up paying for itself, and that is priceless.