Bypassing the Nation’s Top 100 Traffic Jams with Better Route Planning

23 May 2017

Drivers aren’t the only people affected by traffic jams. These jam-packed roads affect everyone from managers to dispatchers. Who’s especially affected are the trucking industry’s CEOs and CFOs who are dealing with the almost $50 billion in industry losses every year due to their trucks being stopped for long periods every day.

This figure was derived from a study conducted by the American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI). Their study revealed that around 728 million work-productivity hours were lost each year because of trucks being slowed down and stuck in the Top 100 traffic jam locations. This equates to over 260,000 truck drivers not being able to drive for one year.

Among the Top 100 traffic jam locations are some of the nation’s major cities such as:

  • Boston
  • New York
  • Houston
  • Atlanta
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Philadelphia
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth

However, there was just about every major market that found its way on the Top 100 list.

As much complaining that people do about the shortcomings of highway infrastructure and the nation’s slow progress of expansion and road construction, there doesn’t look to be any changes to the situation happening anytime soon.

Thankfully, with GPS fleet tracking, managers and fleet drivers can avoid traffic jam locations by being able to plan their routes around them. Optimum routing with GPS tracking for fleets can help dispatchers, drivers and managers be more productive and efficient.

Some optimum routing decisions could come from knowing where there are potential alternative routes around traffic-jammed roads if these alternatives have lower speed limits or stop lights or if it would even be quicker for the driver to endure the traffic jams instead.

There are many advantages of GPS fleet tracking which include:

  • Reducing wasted driver time.
  • Reducing fuel burn.
  • Ensuring on-time deliveries.
  • Improving customer service.
  • Reducing maintenance costs.
  • Reducing driver frustration.

Avoiding traffic jams may also lessen the risk of your drivers being involved in accidents that would lead to costly repairs and higher insurance rates.

Although GPS fleet tracking technology can’t entirely solve the issue, it can reduce the amount of time that drivers have to sit in jams and waste productive hours. It can even help to plan better routing systems to help drivers avoid traffic jams altogether.

If your fleet drives in traffic on a regular basis, contact us here at LiveViewGPS to learn more about how GPS fleet tracking can help improve your fleet’s efficiency.

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