ARS/Rescue Rooter combines training and monitoring to reduce collision costs

MEMPHIS, TENN. — ARS/Rescue Rooter has reduced collision costs, ranging from 30% to 70% per branch, by combining both traditional training and technology-based monitoring for its fleets, including a GPS-enabled DriveCam, created at the company’s request.

“Controlling costs is key for any business in this economic climate, but, to be effective, these controls must also contribute to the company’s effectiveness and improvement of the working environment,” said Scott Swisher, ARS/Rescue Rooter director of risk management. “Through our integrated program, we are both reducing costs through operational efficiencies and reinforcing our commitment to employee safety by combining training and technology.”

The company’s focus on collision cost reduction started with a back-to-basics approach of training all drivers on the key principles of driver safety. Now, to protect drivers and the vehicles, and to reduce costs, ARS/Rescue Rooter is installing the GPS-enabled DriveCam system throughout its fleets.

The company already had a DriveCam system in place, which is a palm-sized, exception-based video event recorder mounted in vehicles behind the rearview mirror to capture sights and sounds inside and outside the vehicle prior to, during and after an incident. ARS/Rescue Rooter then approached DriveCam with the idea to incorporate real-time GPS technology into the system, which is now in place.

By incorporating this GPS functionality, the company is able to better route drivers to reduce miles driven, thus saving on fuel and maintenance costs and reducing collisions.

Approximately 10% of the fleet has GPS-enabled DriveCam systems installed. By 2011, the GPS-enabled DriveCam will be installed in all fleets, numbering more than 3,600 vehicles.

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