Vehicle cameras for tow trucks accommodate drivers in several ways by improving their field of vision, providing an additional level of security, and potentially decreasing tow truck insurance premiums. With many different types of vehicle cameras to choose from, drivers should take time to research the following cameras to decide which one best addresses their needs. Drivers may also save money by asking tow truck insurance agencies if they offer discounts on premiums that include the use of a vehicle camera.
Rearview Backup Cameras for Tow Trucks
Attached to the dashboard nearest to the steering wheel, backup cameras allow drivers to see what is behind them without turning around or craning their necks. Backup cameras significantly improve the amount of control drivers have over a tow truck by allowing them to see what’s in front of them and what’s behind them simultaneously. Even when towing a large vehicle that would normally block the view behind them, drivers using rearview backup cameras will have no difficulty seeing people or small objects at the rear of their truck. Some backup cameras provide images with grids overlaid to further enhance a driver’s ability to judge the locations of objects behind them. For tow truck drivers who do a lot of runs after dark, backup cameras with night vision capability illuminate darker areas with infrared LED light.
Dual-facing Dashboard Recording Cameras
Dashcams record what is happening outside and inside a tow truck while it is parked or in use. Tow truck drivers use recording cameras to capture real-time video of break-ins, accidents or unsafe driver behavior. This evidence is essential for proving insurance claims, accident liability and reasons for firing a reckless driver. Dashcam videos are also time/date-stamped to ensure fleet managers have the appropriate evidence they need when litigating a false claim.
Some tow truck drivers and tow truck fleet owners may benefit from installing hidden dash cams instead of visible dash cams. Circumstances warranting the use of hidden cameras include working in areas where crime is higher than normal, having difficulty in the past finding good drivers or adhering to insurance policy rules that determine the rates of policy payments.
Is It Complicated to Install Vehicle Cameras?
As long as you have the right tools, it’s not hard to install a rearview or dash camera. Most come with instructions and the hardware needed to complete installation (brackets, screws, wiring) but you’ll at least need a drill to make holes through which to mount camera brackets. Backup cameras can be mounted to license plates using a metal bar that sits atop a license plate. The alternative is replacing the license plate frame with one that accommodates the installation of a backup camera. Before purchasing a camera for your tow truck, read the specifications carefully to make sure it can be fitted to your truck’s dimensions and that it does what you want it to do.
Having tow trucks equipped with rearview and dash cameras can help reduce the risk of accidents while avoiding the expense of false claims and theft. Learn more about the benefits of vehicle cameras when it comes to tow truck insurance rates by contacting us today.