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10 Reasons Why Should You Purchase ScreenSafe
Why should your company or department invest in ScreenSafe installations on all field or mobile laptops/MDTs you currently use? Although the answer to this question can be numerous and varied, here are the some reasons:
ScreenSafe is the most affordable, customizable, and feature rich “distracted driving” prevention application available, period. For less than $8 a month you can ensure compliance of your companies driving policies and ensure your fleet vehicles comply with all internal safety policies and distracted driving laws. For less than the cost of ONE distracted driving accident you could equip your entire fleet with software to prevent the next distracted driving accident.
Fewer accidents lead to lower insurance premiums, but that could be minor compared to potential savings from lawsuits. The ability to “prove” a potential accident was not a result of distraction by the onboard computer could prevent significant financial loss. A single liability accident could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sixteen states now have laws restricting the driver’s use of an electronic device to send and receive electronic information. California and Illinois state laws now require any laptop in the front seat viewable by the driver to be powered off or have a “Screen Disabling” application installed. ScreenSafe, by Mobile PC Manager, allows compliance with State Distracted Driving laws. The liability of having a “Company Issued” laptop accessible to the driver is increasing. Unfortunately there already have been fatalities and serious injuries which resulted from the driver trying to operate a computer while driving.
ScreenSafe will reduce the likelihood of a driver being distracted by trying to operate a motor vehicle and laptop computer at the same time. If a driver traveling at 60 MPH (88 ft./sec.) looks at a laptop screen for just 3 seconds the vehicle will travel over 250 feet (about 15 car lengths) without the driver being aware of potential hazards.
Not only will ScreenSafe function as an application to reduce “distracted driving”, but ScreenSafe also monitors vehicle speed. ScreenSafe can alert a fleet manager each time a vehicle travels faster than the company maximum speed limit. This will not only reduce the risk of accidents, but save gas and lower insurance rates.
The Pro version and Elite version customer portal of ScreenSafe will report the vehicle’s starting and stopping time for each day. This feature could be beneficial in confirming an employee’s reported hours. A company could easily compare reported hours and ScreenSafe’s vehicle movement reports for tracking of computer location and activity.
While the standard version of ScreenSafe provides extensive customization, the Pro and Elite version provides for unlimited grouping and customization. A company can either use the default configuration settings or create extensive ScreenSafe profiles for each department or group of vehicles in the fleet.
The reports and alerts available in the Pro & Elite version will provide the fleet manager with extensive historical information on vehicle activity and company policy compliance. Historical data could also prove invaluable as evidence in a liability dispute involving company vehicles.
The ScreenSafe application can be configured by the fleet manager remotely and the fleet manager can verify the current configuration has been installed on the laptop. The vehicle operator cannot change any configuration settings. The fleet manager is the only individual with access to view activity reports, historical violations, and apply new configuration changes to the driver’s ScreenSafe application.
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