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Auto Windscreens to cut inhouse fleet insurance and fuel costs by 10%

Windscreen repair and replacement provider Auto Windscreens is on track to see a 10% drop in its annual fleet insurance and fuel bill with the help of integrated video telematics technology.

Auto Windscreen is predicting a 10% fall in insurance and fuel costs for its van fleet

The solution integrates TomTom Telematics’ WEBFLEET software with VisionTrack’s VT2000 connected camera solution to provide a single interface integrated fleet management solution across the company’s fleet of 285 vans – bringing a wide number of safety benefits.

Shaun Atton, fleet manager at Auto Windscreens, explained: “Being able to see exactly what has happened in any incident helps the team to respond quickly and efficiently to better safeguard our drivers – dispatching recovery trucks, calling the emergency services or hiring replacement vehicles, for example, in a matter of minutes.”

Thanks to WEBFLEET’s integral OptiDrive 360 functionality, the solution also highlights dangerous or inefficient driving such as harsh braking, sharp cornering or speeding, with associated video evidence for each event to build a complete picture of where positive intervention needed, such as driver coaching. This is backed up by the cameras and real-time driver feedback, helping to reduce vehicle maintenance costs by minimising wear on components like tyres, brake pads and suspension.

Rapid and reliable identification of the incident details needed for insurance claims will also help minimise claims costs and therefore premiums for Auto Windscreens.

“Knowing the vehicle speed and g-force severity at the precise point of impact has also given us indisputable evidence to refute personal injury claims, helping to reduce our loss ratio with our insurer,” explained Atton.  “It also gives our insurer the information they need to be able to offer rapid settlement without having to go through protracted and expensive court proceedings.”

Beverley Wise, director UK & Ireland for TomTom Telematics, added: “This is another strong example of how our open and enabling approach to integration can add such value for our customers. Telematics will highlight a sudden braking incident, but video will provide crucial further evidence, giving them a clear picture of what has actually happened.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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