If your business has company cars, it is important to make sure that they are always used properly. That’s why fleet dashcams are an increasingly important facet of fleet management. Whether you assign a company vehicle to a specific individual to use all the time, or the cars are available for anyone who needs them for business, there are some things you can do to help protect your assets and interests.
One of the easiest and most affordable things you can do to protect your fleet is to add on a dash cam, a GPS device, or both, on the dashboard of every vehicle. These types of devices are surprisingly affordable and will provide you with some surprising benefits. Take a few minutes to read more about the many reasons why so many corporate cars are equipped with tools for video recording.
Video Recording for Litigation Protection
One of the biggest risks that small and midsized businesses today face is that they may encounter some type of litigation. If someone driving a company car gets into an accident, the other party may want to file a lawsuit against your business. Equipping every vehicle in your fleet with a dash cam can provide you with the evidence you need to protect your company and prove that there was no neglect involved.
Of course, the specific laws that govern what type of responsibility a company has for their corporate vehicles and drivers vary significantly from state to state. If you find that you are in a situation that an employee has gotten into an accident, it will always be best to speak with an attorney first. Make sure to mention to them that you have dash cam footage of the incident so they can use it to help protect your company.
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Real-Time Tracking Employee Productivity
Making sure that your employees are working hard while they are on the clock is important. Having a GPS with telematics functionality installed in the vehicle will allow you to track where it is located and for how long. Using this information, you will be able to tell whether your employees are driving straight to a jobsite, or if they are stopping off for other things and wasting company time.
Another thing you can monitor with these devices is how employees are getting from place to place. If they aren’t taking the most efficient paths, you can work with them to make smarter driving decisions. A company that is able to add on even just a few extra minutes of productivity per day for each vehicle will find that they are able to be much more profitable.
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Fosters Safe Driver Behavior
When your employees know that you can track where they are going and how they are driving, they are much more likely to practice safe driver behavior. Today’s fleet dash cams will not only provide you with a video of what is happening in front of the vehicle, but also how fast the car was going and many other important pieces of information related to how the vehicle is being driven.
Employees will know that you are able to monitor the way that they are driving, so they are less likely to take risks. In addition, when a driver knows that you are able to monitor their habits, they will not engage in road rage types of activities. Of course, if an employee continues to drive poorly or make bad decisions behind the wheel, having this type of device installed will give you the evidence you need to terminate their employment, or at least take away their ability to drive a company car.
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In addition to being safer drivers, they will also likely be more economical. When an employee knows that they are being monitored through the dash cam or GPS, they are generally going to accelerate and brake more gently. This can help to improve the gas milage that you get on the vehicles, and also cut back on the wear and tear costs. Over time, this can add up to a lot of savings on the overall costs of maintaining and operating your company vehicles.
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May Lower Insurance Costs
Some insurance companies offer discounts for safe driving. Others will actually provide a discount if you install a dash cam or other similar device. If you have a lot of company vehicles, you can save a lot of money by dropping the costs of your insurance policies. Over the course of a few years, the reduced insurance costs may end up being greater than the costs of the dash cam or GPS device. Talk to your insurance provider to see if they offer any type of discounts or rebates based on installing a dash cam or GPS.
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Easily Equip Your Fleet with Dash Cams and GPS
If you decide that adding dash cams, GPS devices, or both to your company vehicles is a good idea, you will be glad to know that buying and installing them is very easy. Depending on the model you get, you can typically have them installed and ready to go in just a few minutes. Most devices are either attached to the dashboard of the vehicle or stuck to the front window and secured in place with a suction cup.
These devices can either be powered by batteries, a cord going to the cigarette lighter, or hard wired to your vehicle’s battery. Whether you have them professionally installed or you handle it on your own, you can start enjoying the many benefits right away. Just make sure to choose the right dash cams or GPS devices for your situation to get as much return on this investment as possible.
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