The most common issue is drivers failing to look, or incorrectly judging the speed of another vehicle. However, driving too close behind the vehicle in front –also known as tailgating – is ranked ahead of speeding, drink-driving and poor weather conditions when it comes to defining the cause of a collision involving a van.
Research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles found that there were 4,256 road traffic incidents reported as vehicles “following too close’” in 2017. These collisions resulted in 6,184 injuries, including 19 fatalities. A total of 8% of these cases involved LCVs – equating to 10 injuries per week. Around 55% of all tailgating incidents occur on A-class roads, meaning they tend to be at higher speeds.
Tailgating is actually illegal; drivers found guilty of following too close face fines of up to £100 and three penalty points. If tailgating results in a serious incident, then punishments from the court can include a driving ban or even a prison sentence.
Collisions result in vehicle down time, which recent research by van hire specialist Northgate placed at £800 per day. Vehicle cameras can help to reduce the risk of tailgating – and provide evidence of when it has occurred in the build-up to a crash.
The Trakm8 RH600 telematics camera uses its forward-facing camera to monitor the distance and closing speed to the vehicle ahead; and creates an event if a collision becomes likely. It also creates a proximity alert to prevent tailgating. Both events include an audio and visual alert to the driver, as well as a notification to the fleet manager, which can be configured to include a photo of the incident.
Forward-facing dashboard cameras, also known as dash cams, record and store footage of the key moments leading up to a collision. Police can access this footage at the scene of an incident, enabling them to quickly prove whether or not a driver was tailgating. Dash cams such as Trakm8’s RoadHawk DC-3 therefore help to deter your drivers from following other vehicles too closely.
Trakm8’s award-winning RH600 telematics camera is proven to reduce accident rates by up to 39%, cut instances of speeding by 35%, improve driver behaviour, and enhance fuel economy by up to 10%. It is the most advanced 4G telematics camera currently available on the UK market.
Trakm8’s RoadHawk vehicle cameras are proven to cut at-fault accident rates by up to 20% and reduce insurance premiums by up to 10%, providing ROI within months of purchase. All RoadHawk models can be self-installed in minutes or hardwired in by an auto-electrician.
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