7 Ways to Protect Your Fleet Drivers (and Fleet) During Storms

9 Jul 2019

According to Vox, two of every three flood-related deaths from the year 1995 through 2010 (excluding Hurricane Katrina) occurred in a motor vehicle. Storms do not have to be major hurricanes to put the lives of your fleet and drivers at risk.

These seven things will help you protect them both whenever storms occur.

  1. Set Up a Communication Network Before the Storm

If you have drivers on the road, on a regular basis, then you know storms are likely to affect your drivers and your fleet on occasion. There are few places in the country that never deal with rain or storms of any kind. You need to have a communication system in place to deal with widespread power outages. It can be a mobile phone chain with your drivers, Facebook group, Twitter check-ins, or even a fleetwide text alert system. Everyone needs to know what to do.

  1. Create Policies about Road Conditions

Drivers need to know the official company stance on when they should not be driving on the road.

  1. Have Someone Responsible for Rerouting Decisions

Sometimes, it is necessary to reroute shipments and deliveries to accommodate storms rolling in. There needs to be someone responsible for that and that person needs to understand his or her responsibility.

  1. Weather Monitoring

The only way you’re going to know about potential weather issues in time to do something about it is to monitor the weather closely. Especially on days when storms are expected to impact your fleet.

  1. Create Fuel Policies

On occasions when it becomes necessary to pull your drivers off the road for a day, or even longer, because of storms, create a policy of fueling up before the storm. There are no guarantees fueling stations will be open or power on in the aftermath of a storm and fueled trucks will be ready to roll as soon as roads are clear.

  1. Have a Policy for Protecting Fleet Vehicles

During hurricanes and major storms, flying debris is a problem that can cause thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars to fleet vehicles. Parking them in a parking garage (assuming they’ll fit) or some other protected shelter can save your business huge insurance deductibles (not to mention lost productivity while repairs are made).

  1. Use GPS Fleet Tracking to Monitor Vehicles on the Road

When storms strike, GPS fleet tracking can be your best friend, notifying you if drivers may need to seek immediate shelter, pull off the road, or happen to be driving in a manner that suggests trouble. GPS can also be instrumental for alerting you to weather-related traffic delays, road closures, etc. and to help you re-route your drivers to avoid getting caught in the mix.

Managing a fleet is a huge responsibility. These seven tips will help your fleet and your drivers weather the next storms that roll through without getting caught unaware.

Call us here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494 to learn more about how GPS fleet tracking can benefit your business.

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