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6 Ways Commercial Dash Cams Helped Reduce Accidents

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The road can be a dangerous place. Dashcams are becoming increasingly popular among the commercial trucking industry, as recording devices for accidents. It is no surprise that it has caught on. The trend is catching on because dashcam videos of accidents are widely circulated on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Here are 6 ways commercial dash cams helped reduce accidents.

GPS Tracking

Commercial dashcams generally come with a GPS tracker that is able to help companies and drivers do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. For example, if a trucking company needs to know the whereabouts of its fleet at all times, then it can simply check out the live GPS tracking dash cam onboard each truck. A GPS device inside a commercial dashcam is able to record the exact location of a vehicle in real-time, allowing businesses to monitor their fleet in both stationary and moving positions.

To illustrate how this reduces accidents, here’s an example: When a trucker is driving, the GPS tracker may indicate that it has begun to deviate from its designated route. With this information, an employer can make sure that the worker does not take shortcuts, which could lead to accidents. 

Monitor Driving Behavior

Dashcams are popular with commercial drivers because it allows them to monitor their driving behavior. It’s like having a real-time coach on your shoulder giving you pointers on how you can improve your driving. The black box feature of the trucker dashcam records not only how the driver drives but also gets alerts on sudden changes in his or her driving behavior. This also helps reduce accidents because a good driver knows that he or she has to improve his or her skills all the time. For example, an alert from a dashcam might sound off when the trucker is going too fast or when they are tailgating another vehicle. In some instances, drivers get alerts when they drive off the road or if they switch lanes without turning on their signal. With such alerts, truckers can make corrections to their driving behavior and prevent accidents from occurring.

Record Road Conditions

Dashcams record conditions outside the truck as well as inside it, with a camera that captures rearview footage of what is happening behind it. This is especially useful during inclement weather when roads are slippery and visibility is limited. The footage recorded by a dashcam can show how road conditions affect the truck’s handling and safety features like ABS and ESC. As a result, truck drivers know when to adjust their driving behavior based on the road conditions that surround them.

To illustrate how this reduces accidents, consider a bad weather scenario where visibility is limited due to heavy rain. A dashcam captures the road conditions and how it affects a truck’s ability to stop or make a turn. With such footage, commercial drivers know when they need to slow down or use caution when approaching sharp turns in slippery areas. This reduces accidents by putting the driver in control of his or her own vehicle, rather than depending on luck to determine whether or not he or she will crash into another vehicle due to bad weather.

Alert Drivers of Traffic Violations

Most dashboard cameras can record when a truck driver commits common traffic violations like speeding, running red lights or stop signs, and illegal lane changes. The footage captured serves as evidence in case the driver gets into an accident while committing one of these offenses. This dissuades drivers from committing such traffic violations because they know that their actions might get caught on tape and used against them in court. In some cases, a dashcam may even record footage of another driver committing a traffic violation that the trucker can use to report to insurance companies. This helps reduce accidents by having a trucker in control of their own vehicle and not depending on luck when it comes to other drivers.

To illustrate how this helps reduce accidents, consider a scenario where traffic is heavy, and the trucker needs to change lanes quickly. If he or she fails to do so safely, an accident may occur. However, with a dashcam that records the rearview footage, an incident like this can be used as evidence for how it occurred. This cuts out the need for the truck driver to depend on luck for an outside party to take action, which would further prevent accidents.

Document Roadside Assistance Calls

Dashcams can record footage of roadside assistance calls and other incidents that occur during their shifts. This is beneficial because it helps monitor the truck’s safety features like its brakes, lights, tires, and engine – all of which can be affected by an accident. The footage recorded can also be used to make sure that the truck’s weight and other specifications are within regulations.

For example, a camera may capture footage of a trucker needing to pull over after the vehicle appears to have an engine problem. The driver phones roadside assistance and records his or her own experience for quality assurance purposes. Or, consider a scenario where a trucker is making a turn and their wheel blows out. By having footage of this incident, the company can use it as evidence to determine whether or not the tire was incorrectly installed by the mechanic who serviced it. If so, they know to take action against such negligence and prevent future accidents from happening. This will help ensure that the company has a high rate of driver safety and therefore reduce accidents.

Improve Company Image

Dashcams can also benefit commercial trucking companies by showing that their drivers are responsible and professional when it comes to road safety and customer service. With such footage, managers and customers get a glimpse of what the truck’s driver is able to give in terms of work quality and customer relations. By having an array of videos that show how drivers operate their vehicles, companies can save money on hiring new employees by choosing instead to promote from within. This reduces accidents because it shows off both sides of the company – the drivers as well as those who manage them. Again, it improves road safety by keeping both sides accountable for their actions and how it contributes to preventing accidents.

With more companies installing dashboard cameras in commercial trucks, it is becoming a trend that helps reduce accidents on highways and roads alike. By having a truck driver in control of their own vehicle and taking more personal accountability for what goes on, accidents will be reduced as a whole.

About the author

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Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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