Hurricane season is now officially upon us. This means it’s crucial that you’re prepared to conduct effective asset management, even in the event of a bad storm. After all, as a fleet manager, it’s your job to keep your vehicles, assets, and drivers safe.
So, what can you do as a fleet manager to prioritize safety while still operating as efficiently as possible in the aftermath of a hurricane? GPS tracking can be your solution! Here are a few things you can do.
Track Your Fleet in Real-Time
During a hurricane, being able to track the locations of your vehicles, their drivers, and the assets they’re carrying is vital. If your drivers are traveling during the days leading up to a storm or in its aftermath, you need to be sure that they’re safe and accounted for at all times. With GPS tracking, you can get real-time location data on every vehicle in your fleet from any location. The GPS tracking software will provide you with a detailed report of a vehicle’s exact current location, where it has been, who has been operating it, and for how long it’s been running.
Plus, with RastracGo, a small, highly portable GPS tracking device, fleet management can have access to location tracking data from anywhere with cell phone service, GPS, or Wi-Fi. The devices can even be customized to report at specific intervals such as every 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or once per day. This way, if evacuation is necessary, managers can still keep up with their drivers in various locations remotely.
Safely Move Your Fleet out of Harm’s Way
If an impending hurricane is predicted to bring dangerous flooding, some fleet managers may decide to migrate their fleets to a safer location to avoid rising water. This may mean parking them on higher ground, keeping them in an indoor parking garage, or moving them further inland. If you do decide you need to move your vehicles, you’ll want to be able to keep tabs on them to ensure they haven’t been stolen.
With asset tracking software, you can see the location of your vehicles on an interactive map. You can even set up a virtual perimeter using Rastrac’s unique geofencing software tool—and if any tagged vehicles enter or leave that area, you’ll get a text or email alert. If a vehicle does appear to have left the location, GPS tracking location data can be given to authorities immediately. This greatly increases your odds of recovering you valuable stolen assets.
Immediately Adjust Routes
There will often be numerous road closures before, during, and after a hurricane has hit. In the aftermath of a storm, there is also likely to be fallen debris in the road. This means you may have to change routes for your drivers in real-time so they can avoid sitting in traffic jams and get to where they’re going more quickly and safely.
With GPS tracking software, you’ll be able to adjust travel routes in real time. Then, by using a mobile GPS tracking app like PocketRastrac, you can communicate these changes to your drivers. They can also send you messages to keep you informed of what is going on out in the field and to update you when they’re clocking in/out or taking a break. This way, you can always keep track of where your drivers are during work hours and communicate with them efficiently and effectively if a problem or route change arises.
Closely Monitor Driver Habits
One of fleet management’s top priorities should always be the safety of their drivers—but this becomes even more important during hurricane season. Why? Unsafe driving habits like hard braking, swerving, and distracted driving are even more dangerous during severe weather. With possible flooding, debris in the road, and road closures, your drivers need to be incredibly focused when driving in a hurricane’s aftermath.
Our GPS tracking solutions allow you to monitor the speeds at which your vehicles are traveling from any remote location, plus how quickly they accelerate/decelerate and move through intersections. Our GPS tracking products will even alert fleet management in instances of harsh braking, hard turning, or rapid acceleration. With these tools, you’ll be able to make sure your drivers are practicing safe driving habits during hurricane season—and immediately correct any problems if they do arise.
When it comes to hurricane season, your could never be too safe or too prepared. Our comprehensive asset management can give you peace of mind that your vehicles and employees protected even if severe weather conditions.
Are you ready to implement valuable GPS tracking solutions into your fleet this hurricane season? Reach out to one of our experts today!