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Even the greats play back their match performance

Aug 21/2018 Published by: Lytx Lytx Telematics

You’re pretty good at your job, and you’ve been doing it for years. So how crazy would it be if your boss said, “let’s take a look at the video of your performance in that meeting yesterday and see what we can improve on”?

Think about the teams gearing up for the six nations at the moment. Their success and reputation, as well as that of the coaching and support teams, depends on keeping skills sharp. Sportsmen and women, from golfers to divers, pentathletes to tennis pros, watch their training and competitions back to constantly fine tune their technique and get insights from their coaches on how to improve.

Translate that to your world – doesn’t everyone want to leave the office with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that they did a good job?

Driving’s no different. Commercial drivers bring a whole set of specialised skills to the game that can get rusty, or even worse bad habits can set in.

Have you ever tried to teach someone how to drive? Just think about how the instructions you give them are second nature and instinct to you. Putting on your seatbelt, depressing the clutch, finding the gear and biting point, indicating, checking your mirrors – over the years, these have all become actions you do without even thinking.

That’s the way habits are formed – repetitive motion within a specific context, over time. But if a driver’s gotten into the habit of not wearing his seatbelt, rolling through stop signs, or gunning it at a green light, he’s creating a pattern of risk that will likely result in a collision.

Refining performance, breaking bad habits, and reducing risk can all be accomplished with a knowledgeable coach armed with good insights. The problem is, where can you get your hands on the videos that show how well you are doing?

Using video to capture a driver’s behaviour can be of enormous benefit to a coaching programme, and can help prevent collisions before they occur by revealing and helping reverse risky driving habits that have become ingrained. Video can also reveal exceptionally good driving habits that can exonerate drivers involved in an incident.

While there are a lot of solutions that will track rapid accelerations, hard braking and sudden swerving, without the video, it’s difficult to tell what’s happening. With a camera facing forward to the road ahead, a swerve may reveal that the driver missed a pedestrian. Good job, right? But a camera facing inside the cab, triggered by the swerve, may uncover a driver distracted by texting, and only missing the pedestrian at the last second.

By tracking and analysing driver behaviour over time – in Lytx’s case, over nearly two decades and more than 45 billion miles driven – patterns surface that add up to an eventual collision. Adopting a video-based safety-solution using events captured on video to identify risk in your fleet coupled with behavioural psychology-based coaching insights and you have the equivalent of a professional athlete’s performance improvement programme. The added benefit of this approach is that you’re not just making your drivers better – you’re also reducing the costs associated with collisions and perhaps even lives.


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