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Three Reasons Your Drivers Want Video

More and more fleets are implementing video as part of a larger safety program. 

Truck drivers have a difficult job. With truck driving frequently ranked in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the US, drivers often face daily challenges that put their lives, and their ability to effectively perform their duties, at risk. Near-accidents are commonplace, requiring drivers to adopt advanced safety strategies in order to protect themselves and stay compliant.  

But sometimes those strategies aren’t enough, and an accident still happens. When they do, even if your driver wasn’t at fault, they’re at a higher risk for being blamed for the incident, damaging both their career and the image of your company. This is on top of any costly settlements.   

All of this leads to one thing: your drivers want better safety initiatives. This goes beyond your typical training and safety plans. Drivers need advanced technologies, like video intelligence, to stay safe and perform their best. Video telematics can provide comprehensive daily video monitoring for your fleet, recording and transmitting footage of any incidents in real-time over a cellular network. 


Here are 3 reasons that your drivers are calling for you to include video in your fleet management systems: 

1. Having an Unbiased Witness 

When an accident occurs, it can be difficult for truck drivers to prove that they weren’t at fault. Since the legal system has typically favored the driver of the other vehicle, this can be an uphill, if not impossible, battle.

Rather than relying on subjective on-site accounts, drivers want objective video footage to prove their innocence. Definitive video evidence can exonerate your drivers faster and more reliable than ever before, saving their jobs and protecting your fleet from paying out damages. 


2. Proving Compliance

Maintaining government compliance is critical to keeping your drivers and trucks operational. No matter the level of the inspection, when one of your drivers is stopped by law enforcement, they want to have peace of mind knowing that everything will be up to standard. 

Video telematics allows your fleet managers to have real-time information for your drivers to use in case they need any evidence to prove they’re regularly meeting regulations. In case there were any missteps on either side, video footage allows you to have a documented history of what happened.  

3. Safety Coaching

Drivers want to be as safe as possible. Period. Having live video footage of your fleet allows you to adjust strategies and schedules in real-time.  With video, you can maintain driver safety while still ensuring timely product delivery.

Aggregated footage can also be used to give fleet managers a better sense of the difficulties their drivers are facing, and how to best approach any pain points. This can be done on both a personal and fleet level. Identifying trends across the fleet allows you to make general recommendations to everyone while providing direct feedback to your drivers can give them both the insight and confidence to perform better in the future  


Moving Forward 

With all of the reasons to include a video solution, one thing is clear: incorporating video intelligence into your fleet management systems will benefit both your drivers and your company. This even goes beyond event-based video. The most successful system will help safety managers investigate many types of traffic events to better protect your drivers and your fleet.

At Trimble, we believe in the importance of video telematics. That’s why, in an effort to aid our customers, we’ve come up with our own revolutionary video telematics solution, Trimble Video Intelligence™.  

With Trimble Video Intelligence, you’ll have the evidence you need to consistently improve your fleet management, protect your drivers from blame in case of an accident, and uphold your bottom line.