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Help Your Business Navigate the Winter Weather with Fleet Tracking
Posted on 12/21/2016 by Lisa Durrett | 0 Comments
Winter has arrived and it’s time to prepare your drivers for the adverse conditions ahead. Even if your part of the country doesn’t get the two feet of snow that fell in Hawaii—yes Hawaii!—this December, chances are you’ll get some sort of snow, ice or otherwise miserable, cold weather this winter season. Remind your drivers that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement, and that it’s crucial to slow down on slick roadways. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 24% of the 6.3 million vehicle crashes each year are related to weather.
Along with keeping drivers and your vehicles safe, it’s important to remember that the weather change can also affect fuel consumption, vehicle maintenance and traffic congestion. For example, vehicle idling can have a significant impact on your fuel spend. Of course you want your drivers to stay warm and comfortable, but that doesn’t mean your fuel costs need to go up because drivers are leaving vehicles idling. Simply ask your drivers to go inside while they do their paperwork, so idling doesn’t become an issue.
It’s also important to make sure your vehicles are ready for winter weather by being properly maintained and ready to maneuver on snow or ice-filled roadways. Additionally, as you know, the colder, icy weather can cause road delays and traffic congestion. Be sure to provide your drivers with efficient routes, so they can avoid the messy conditions.
Here are a few ways a GPS fleet tracking solution can help your business run smoothly this winter:
• Monitor speeding and receive instant alerts if your drivers exceed the posted speed limit of a roadway or a user-defined speed limit.
• Pinpoint idling drivers and see exactly how long they have been idling and how much money it’s costing you.
• Stay up-to-date on vehicle maintenance and view details of services performed with automated maintenance logs.
• Create the shortest routes to all locations and quickly reroute your drivers around traffic delays.