Despite a fairly mild hurricane season so far, Ian looks to be a major storm.
When severe weather threatens your area, you are responsible for your fleet’s well-being. You have to protect vehicles from damage and determine the best ways to keep your drivers safe. Many companies suspend operations until the worst weather has passed. If your team is part of the emergency response, however, you may not have that luxury.
In this blog, we’ll show how telematics can protect your fleet and make your job easier, even during the worst storms.
Using Telematics to Weather the Storm
1. Keep track of your vehicles
GPS tracking allows you to keep an eye on your vehicles, whether they’re on the job or parked in the lot. Easily see where each vehicle is located, making sure they are where they’re supposed to be. If you experience a tornado, for instance, you can use this feature to see if any vehicles have been blown around.
For teams that are out in the thick of the storm, this capability is essential for their safety. You can update drivers about conditions and hazards that threaten their location. With near-real-time updates, you can watch over your team as they work.
2. Prevent theft
Power outages are common during hurricanes, tornados, snowstorms, and other severe weather events. The security systems around your buildings and property might not work without power, but your dash cams and telematics devices will.
If thieves take advantage of the outage and burglarize your fleet, you can use your vehicle cameras to record the theft. Your GPS trackers will show where your vehicles end up if anyone takes them for a joy ride. Even in these bad circumstances, you can keep your property safe.
Heavy rains and strong winds can damage roads. These routes may be unusable for a day or for weeks after the storm. To stay on schedule and avoid dangers such as flooding, your drivers need up-to-date routing information.
Your telematics devices automatically provide the latest data. During or after the storm, these devices will direct your drivers to the safest and fastest routes. They can avoid closed or congested roads to get to their destinations with minimal trouble.
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