It’s reassuring for drivers to know the boss is on their side, especially if they’re being falsely accused. It happens far too often, and it’s a worrying thought for most professional drivers.
Fortunately, employers can do more than just give their drivers the benefit of the doubt – they now have technology to back them up as well.
With GPS tracking, location data and engine diagnostics, drivers can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that, should the need arise, the data can back up their side of the story and help them protect their good driving record.
Accident reconstruction using GPS – How does it work?
GPS tracking can be viewed in a negative light however there are several ways to help employees see the benefits. One of them is to explain how reconstructing an event using GPS tracking can come to their defense.
In some ways it works like the black box on a plane. Silently working in the background to record as drivers go about their business, it stores a range of vehicle-specific information. Data collected can include:
- Engine trouble codes
- Seat belt usage
- Time of day
With all that information it becomes much easier to recreate the event and determine exactly what happened and why. Without that drivers are vulnerable to fake claims by the other party, particularly if there are no witnesses to verify, or refute, the account.
Without event recording none of the evidence needed to get a driver ‘off the hook’ would be available. Having the data makes the whole process better for the driver, and the business in general.
- Accident investigations are resolved much quicker
- Less time spent locating and interviewing witnesses
- Easier insurance claims
- Eliminating false damage claims and lawsuits
- Better support of drivers improves morale
- Increased opportunities for driver training
One way to maximize the value of these training opportunities is to use the principle of gamification, something that Telogis Coach can automate for your team.
This is how you can shift from just basic GPS tracking to protect drivers from false accident claims to motivating drivers to be the best they can be behind the wheel.
Proactive driver training – Protecting drivers from themselves
One of the great things about recording driving data is its objectivity. It just tells it like it is. There are no biases or emotion – just the facts.
That type of neutral data can help drivers take a fresh look at their driving style to uncover habits that may have crept into a driver’s daily routine, without them even realizing it.
Telogis Coach adds gamification to inject the power of competition – something that can be hugely motivating to increase driver ability across the board.
Analyzing daily driving data, Telogis Coach is able to compare individual performance with safe driving baselines and overall fleet activity. Daily scores are available to drivers, who can also review specific incidents to determine how they can improve and work their way to the top of the leaderboard.
Companies can embed training videos within Telogis Coach so drivers can easily review the safest way to tackle a specific challenge, whether it’s driving in adverse weather or navigating a lane change on a busy freeway.
Perception is everything – so take the time to clearly explain to your team the benefits of recording driving data and help them view the technology in a positive light.