How to advance driver safety and coaching

There are over 3.5 million trucks on North American roads that cross international borders.

According to the statistics from Nation’s trucking alliance, 90 percent of all consumer products and food are shipped by semi-truck throughout Canada, and approximately two-thirds come from the United States.

 

Trucking accidents in Canada

The OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) statistics show a significant increase in commercial motor vehicles (CMV) with collisions resulting in fatality. CMV-involved fatal crashes went up 40% last year in Ontario. Based on OPP statistics, 78% of CMV collisions occurred on provincial highways.

This leads us to believe that drivers have a low awareness of safety and employers are not taking these risks seriously.

 

Costs associated with fleet accidents

The average cost of a loss related to a fleet vehicle accident is between $16,000 and $75,000. This increases drastically if there is a fatality involved, according to an article from automotive fleet.

As an example, the average cost of insurance for semi-trucks has increase to between $12,000 and $16,000 in the U.S. and $15,000 and $20,000 in Canada.

 

The roadmap to an advanced safety program

It’s important to establish clear goals, and policies to demonstrate the company’s commitment to building a company safety culture.  This increases safety awareness among every member of your team and helps prevent future accidents. Not only improving drivers’ behaviour but the back-office can also contribute to creating a safety program for drivers. There are two effective approaches fleet companies can take to establish a safety culture in their business.

 

On the road: prevent incidents with video-based technology

Over 80% of all accidents involving passengers and trucks are the fault of passenger vehicles.

This is a significant number. Protecting your drivers is important, providing proof of not-at-fault ensures they continue driving (productivity) and that you are retaining talent (finding good drivers is always a challenge).

The following are major causes of CMV accidents;

  • Distracted driving
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Speeding and driving recklessly
  • Failing to properly train drivers

What can fleet companies and drivers do to avoid these causes? Here we explore how they can detect and change these behaviours and why video-based technology is a key to preventing incidents on the road.

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Today, Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam is an all-in-one recorder designed to increase safe driving. It has not all the features of a regular dash camera, and also supports intelligent driving assistance that allows companies to detect unsafe behaviours proactively.

 

 

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Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam captures critical incidents in super high definition. It also provides advanced active collision warning by intelligently identifying vehicles, lanes, and traffic scenes ahead via the ADAS camera and effectively predicts driving hazards such as tailgating, front & pedestrian collision, and lane departure.

 

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With a driver-facing camera, it is possible to identify the driver’s behaviours such as using mobile phones while driving, being drowsy, distracted, and not wearing a seatbelt via the cabin camera, and giving an alarm in combination with the vehicle operation status which comprehensively reduces the traffic accidents caused by driver misconduct.

 

At the office: Improve safety awareness with reporting and coaching tools

Identifying and addressing unsafe driver behaviour is the center of an effective fleet safety program. Using the data collected by a dashcam and telematics, you can analyze and assess driving behaviour. By leveraging Astreon fleet management software, you can get full visibility into countless useful data points across your operations from anywhere anytime. Reports from fleet management and analysis tools can help you approach actional insights to establish a safety culture.

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Our cloud-based web portal enables fleet companies to monitor live critical events such as accidents, crashes, or dangerous driving from any devices and those uploaded videos can be used for training purposes or insurance claims.

To establish a safety culture, here are some effective actionable plans;

Monthly reporting

Leverage advanced data from telematics and fleet management software. Reporting the rate of unsafe events or reckless driver behaviours can be the best benchmark to compare the monthly report which contains safety and efficiency data by month.

 

Show drivers video footage in coaching and training program

Showing actual video footage when an unsafe event occurred is the best way to educate drivers on safety and how to take the right action proactively. With Astreon’s cloud-based web portal, you review all important videos with the driver, providing a coaching and training program.

 

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Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam is an all-in-one recorder designed to increase safe driving. It has not all the features of a regular dash camera, and also supports intelligent driving assistance. It has the advantages of a powerful telematics tracker, competitive price, and low cost, secure installation.

Learn more at https://www.astreon.com/a-i-dash-cams/.

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4 quick steps to prepare your fleet for dashcams

Transportation companies are now embracing advanced safety technology that was previously considered cost-prohibitive not providing a clear ROI that fleets require to make such an investment.

Today’s landscape has changed drastically. Dashcams have become the norm for carriers to protect themselves against false claims and improve drivers’ safety + CVOR.  The industry is finding the ROI is more quickly attainable. Over 80% of all accidents involving passengers and trucks are the fault of passenger vehicles. Protecting your drivers is important, providing proof of not-at-fault ensures they keep driving, attributing to productivity and increased wages for the driver. This also helps with talent retention. Finding good drivers is a constant challenge.

 

According to a survey from FreightWaves subscribers, 70 percent of respondents are currently using dashcam technology. However, many carriers don’t comprehend dashcam’s features, or how to leverage them. When it comes to the acceptance of new technology, it always comes with some misconception and confusion.

It’s critical for companies and drivers to understand the benefits and features, and to develop a preventive mindset when they implement advanced dashcams.

 

Here are 4 tips to help prepare your business and fleet for dashcams, and to avoid common mistakes;

 

1.    Involving drivers in the pilot

As a company adopts innovative technology, they should involve drivers in the pilot phase of implementation. Drivers’ input is the most useful resource to point out growing pains and establish a solid safety system during this phase. The company also should have drivers test in different locations to see if there are any regional challenges in various locations.

The company should identify any problem areas that can be corrected before implementation. Keeping your drivers in the loop is ideal.

  

2.    Conduct Q&A sessions

Building trust and transparent relationships with drivers is a key to minimize resistance to new technology. Conduct Q&A sessions, workshops, or meetings with employees to explain why the change is necessary, and what the features and benefits of the system are.

 

The most successful acceptance of dashcams is to share videos and assess and debate driver behaviours in dangerous circumstances. Drivers usually don’t mention to their peers what happened when they encountered critical situations so this is a great opportunity for drivers to acknowledge how other peers deal with dangerous situations.

 

3.    Managing & leveraging data

The dashcam collects and sends key telematic data to analyze and assess driving behaviour. Leverage this data for safety coaching events and driver assessment.

 

At Astreon, we offer driver coaching tools which assess driving habits, behaviors and safety. It evaluates telematic data and provides a score based on penalty points for violations like speeding, unnecessary acceleration, heavy braking, acceleration while cornering, reckless driving, etc.

 

4.    Rewarding positive action

Drivers rarely receive rewards, even though their work environment is often stressful dealing with inclement weather, congested traffic, dwell times, etc. Encouraging drivers with rewards and public acknowledged of their achievements makes a big difference with driver satisfaction.

Some drivers might think they are always being observed by employers because of the dashcams. To reduce this negative impression, employers should explain the purpose of implementation and benefits of dashcams, plus rewards that motivate drivers’ positive behavior and safety score.

 

Employers could

  • Share the video with the entire team and celebrate the driver who took positive actions in a critical situation
  • Acknowledge the driver’s actions in a company meeting, workshop or newsletter
  • Publicly thank the driver
  • Present a gift card

 

These rewards are wildly successful in all businesses. On average, incentive programs achieve a 35% increase in driver safety scores across the board. The result is safer drivers and reduced insurance claims through Gamification: where drivers compete on their scorecards, aiming to achieve a higher score than their peers.

 

Adopting innovative technology

The Fleet industry has radically changed as a result of innovative A.I. Enhanced Dash Camera systems, and lower costs of data and hardware. Video evidence is regularly accepted by insurers when submitting claims, proving your driver is not at fault, avoiding fines and preventing insurance hikes because of those fines. On top of that, some insurance companies offer a premium rate if you employ a dashcam system.

 

The key to successfully implementing new technology is to establish a transparent relationship, collaboration, and engagement with drivers.

 

All-In-One Driving Recorder Designed for Safe Driving

Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam is an advanced dash camera with a built-in A.I. processor to detect driving events such as lane departure, forward collision, and unsafe driver behaviour. It can alert the driver in real-time of dangerous behaviours, and upload events to a monitoring platform to be reviewed by a fleet manager as a coaching aid and for evidence.

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Cargo theft in North America – 4.4 billion USD in economic losses

How GPS Tracking mitigates risk in the global supply chain.

Since COVID-19 hit the world and has affected in-store shopping, many people are opting to use online shopping.  This can lead to supply chain disruption due to the higher demand. This demand is accelerating other risks, “cargo theft”. Cargo theft is a significant risk in global supply chain when it comes to global transportation by land, air and sea. In fact, cargo theft increased by 23% in the third quarter of 2020 from third-quarter 2019 in the U.S. and Canada.  It was an estimated total of $33.77 million in stolen cargo across U.S. and Canada according to the statistics by AJOT .

If you are wondering where cargo theft is happening and what products are targeted, here are some interesting facts according to the reports from TT CLUB and SensiGuard

 

Cargo theft by location in North America

U.S. – Cargo theft by the state

  1. California: 23%
  2. Texas: 11%
  3. Georgia: 10%
  4. Florida: 9%

 

Canada – Cargo theft

  1. Ontario: 75%
  2. Quebec: 19%
  3. British Columbia: 2%

 

Cargo theft trends

According to the report from TT CLUB, it shows that most cargo theft type was Hijacking at 69% followed by theft of vehicle at 10%.

Regarding the location of the theft, it mostly happens in-transit at 74%. The cargo theft of food & beverage accounts for 33% of the top commodities stolen.

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GPS asset tracking

Cargo theft is a headache for companies with multiple warehouses and operational lines of business. It is challenging to keep track of all vehicles/assets and take care of unexpected events. Without appropriate action, you are at higher risk of losing credibility with your clients as well.

How GPS telematics help detect and mitigate cargo theft

The No. of businesses tracking assets is expected to exceed 114 million by 2025 as we mentioned in a recent blog. This is a significant increase in demand for location-based and asset tracking services in the next few years. The industry started taking advantage of the benefits of GPS tracking.

 

What exactly GPS tracking can help?

 

Real-time tracking

With GPS Tracking, you can locate exactly where your vehicles/assets are when they are stolen. Based on the data from GPS Tracker, you can also check travel history so you will know where your vehicles/assets were stolen, how they traveled to the final destination and where they are now.

Geofencing

GPS Tracking has an amazing feature, Geofences. It is a virtual border drawn on the map in a GPS tracking system. You can create a geofence area where you would like to mark yards, clients, even routes. You draw the geofence border like the photo below. Once the geofence is created, it is used as a trigger for alerts when your vehicles/assets enter or exit from the geofence area. As soon as the GPS tracking detects the activity, it will send you an alert. In case of theft, once the GPS tracker detects unauthorized movements, you will receive alerts so that you can immediately act against the event.

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Insightful GPS data

GPS tracking software provides you with insightful data you can use to protect yourself against future theft/attack. You can analyze reports that tell you what happened, where, and why the event occurred. Based on this insight, you can plan preventive measurements to mitigate risk. For instance, you can change the route based on the location where the theft happened.

Dash camera – GPS Telematics

Dash cams attached to your vehicles can be a huge lifesaver in terms of theft. Some dash cams have built-in or optional GPS receivers. Not only video recording, but also dash cams have features that will be able to detect motion or impact. Dash cams will send alerts if there are any unexpected events in or outside of your vehicles.

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Astreon has 30 collective years of experience in the custom software development, SaaS, and wireless industries. This has provided us with a unique outlook in today’s IoT industry as we develop and implement simple, powerful and easy to use applications for our partners.

We are one of the leading providers of solutions in the IoT industry. We are consistently introducing new wireless platforms, shaping the future and changing the way people do business. We provide you with the services and applications that you need to be more productive and responsive to today’s increasing industry demands.

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