SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When van freight leader Andrus Transportation Services sought a way to safeguard its freight, its drivers and the roads they travel while still maximizing their trucking assets, its leadership knew that video could be the powerful tool they needed. That's when the Andrus team, which serves 11 Western states and Texas, entered into a trial with the Lytx DriveCam video telematics program that began a journey toward a safer 340-truck fleet.
"When we were first deciding about a full DriveCam® deployment after a successful trial, the management team was debating the pros and cons, but after he'd heard enough, our owner and president, James Andrus, asked a simple question: 'Will this make us a safer company?'" said Wes Peterson, director of Risk Management for Andrus Transportation Services. "Then the decision was a unanimous 'yes!' It was the right thing to do for the general public and for our drivers." The DriveCam exception-based video safety program combines video capture of road incidents such as hard braking or sudden swerving, data analysis of those incidents, and personalized coaching insights to improve driving behavior. Today, Lytx helps protect more than 600,000 commercial and government fleet drivers under its DriveCam program. At the time they began the trial, some Andrus drivers already had their own GoPro cameras recording their time on the road to help exonerate them in the event of a collision. But still, Peterson said that they wanted to take the deployment one step at a time to ensure that drivers understood that adopting DriveCam was a positive move for them.