In the trucking industry, drivers are constantly exposed to high risks of accidents and theft. And while insurance companies can step in to cover damages. At the same time, fleet owners and drivers need to take measures on their own to ensure the utmost safety and security during a long-haul ride.
There are many ways to ensure safety for truck drivers. But out of all of them, the use of a dash cam may be the most effective. They have been gaining popularity in recent years and can be a proven benefit, especially in times of an accident.
No matter how good a driver is, accidents can still happen. If an accident does occur, you need to quickly and efficiently file for an insurance claim to cover the damages. The evidence you provide can be significantly bolstered when a dash cam is installed in the front of the vehicle. Irrefutable proof of damage can make it easier to claim insurance, compared to times when there is no tangible evidence present.
Dash cams can also help in preventing insurance fraud. In the case of the trucking industry, a driver can intentionally case an accident with the hopes of receiving money from the insurance company. With the help of a dash cam, these dangerous schemes can be readily thwarted. Companies and parties involved in the accident can use the camera footage as evidence of the intentional accident, and often stop it in its tracks. And while no video footage is ever 100% convincing, it is almost always beneficial to have it – especially in insurance claims.
Truckers on long-haul rides come across many other truck drivers who are on the same or similar route. Some of these drivers are dangerous and can put other vehicles at risk – including your own. With a dash cam installed, you can easily report reckless drivers who pose a threat on the road. Video footage would help identify the truck and driver, allowing the company to take necessary action.
On Account of Absence
While taking breaks, truck drivers leave their trucks parked at rest stops, moving away from the truck and leaving it to sit on its own. A dash cam can be an ideal way to keep an eye out for a truck that is left unattended – even for a short time — as it can help identify any sort of damage done or vandalism attempted on the truck. The camera would also help during the time a truck is left overnight, and the driver is away from the vehicle for an extended period of time.
No matter how many years of experience a driver may have, continued training is always important, including quickly identifying potential road hazards and understanding incorrect driving techniques. This can be aided through dash cams, observing mistakes made by other drivers that need to be avoided, and rewatching both good and bad techniques used during various training exercises. Through visual footages, drivers could be more aware of the causes of accidents on the road.
If you are a truck driver or fleet owner, there are many reasons why you should consider requiring dash cams. Installing one can help ensure the safety of the driver and truck, which is why they are quickly gaining popularity across the industry.
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