The use of dash cams has become increasingly popular over the years and is constantly increasing, especially in the trucking industry. Truckers can record every detail on the road or inside the cab by installing road-facing and driver-facing dash cams.
The benefits of using dash cams in various situations are numerous, including insurance discounts, driver training, increased safety, protection of other road users, etc. Although it is worth noting that video recordings can be used against you if the accident happens to be your fault.
Here are some of the benefits of how truck dash cameras and the information they gather can be used by the trucking community.
Insurance fraud is one of the most common forms of fraud today and can be performed by drivers and pedestrians alike. This happens when a person purposely causes an accident and tries to blame the other party involved. In this situation, proving the intentions of the fraudster becomes increasingly challenging if you do not possess evidence or a recording proving otherwise.
With a dash cam, you can easily avoid this scenario by proving you did not cause the accident and potentially proving that the accident was caused on purpose by the other party.
On the other hand, by possessing video evidence, you could speed up the resolution of insurance claims.
Every driver, even the veterans, could benefit from dash cam recordings since the ability to analyze the footage and driving habits can significantly improve driving skills.
Furthermore, fleet managers can use the footage of drivers to improve driver coaching techniques, or safety managers can use it to analyze certain safety aspects if an accident occurs.
Truckers have the ability to go back and asses certain situations and point out errors that were made or things that went well.
Truckers spend a lot of time driving and encounter a lot of careless drivers on the road, which can endanger even the most seasoned drivers. Dash cam recordings can be used to report unsafe and dangerous driving and thus help improve the safety of all participants.
Additionally, if the driver is not at fault, the dash cams can be a valuable tool in proving the driver’s innocence.
Dash cams can also be used when resting or even when away from your truck. Most dash cams can be set to record even when the engine is off, thus enabling you a piece of mind when leaving your vehicle parked somewhere or going to sleep.
If somebody damages your truck, you can rewind the recording and see who caused the damage. Additionally, you can keep an eye on your truck in case somebody tries to vandalize it while you are away.
A dash cam undoubtedly brings many benefits to the driver and the company the driver works for. Not only does it help when dealing with road situations it can also be used as a learning tool to help improve the skills of other drivers and the overall security of all participants.