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How weather affects your fleet performance and how you should avoid it

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While typical weather, such as an average rain or wind, won’t significantly affect fleet performance, heavy storms, snow, winds, rain, and fog like extreme weather can cause a problem.

Whether you are operating in a cold Northern or hot Southern hemisphere, being prepared is highly recommended.

FROM JANUARY TO APRIL, the UK and European winters can create hazards like snow, black ice, fog, and even flood, making it dangerous to operate a fleet.

Decreased Visibility and Vision

Bad weather like hail, fog, snow, and heavy rain can significantly decrease a driver’s road sight, making it challenging to operate a fleet. On top of that, bad weather can also reduce drivers’ ability to see nearby vehicles and pedestrians.

While the weather cannot be controlled by any chance, here’s what you can do to clear your vision. First, always keep your windows and wind wipers as clean as possible; secondly, use fog lights and headlights whenever necessary. In these poor visibility conditions, a navigation system in your fleet is highly recommended.

Increasing traffic Congestion:

With poor weather conditions, there’s increased traffic congestion on roads. This is primarily because people drive precautiously in the situation affecting them to drive at a slow speed.

In wintertime, more maintenance workers can be seen clearing the debris due to bad weather, also causing an increase in traffic congestion.

Closed Roads

During extreme weather like snow & storm, roads are closed frequently, which means that drivers have to take alternative routes to their destination, ultimately making the journey significantly longer than expected.

To avoid wasting time and fuel, you can keep up with traffic news and utilize GPS navigation systems in your fleets. Especially on ice roads, tips on how to drive on ice can become an essential read for fleet drivers. Doing this will help you know in advance what steps you should take and stop wasting your valuable time.

Delayed Deliveries

Deliveries in certain areas can be delayed due to loading and unloading the goods from vehicles (Which usually takes longer in poor weather conditions). Wind, ice, snow, and rain make it more challenging to operate a delivery vehicle to load and unload the goods.

Higher Breakdown Chances

Extreme weather conditions, especially icy weather, can put more strain and pressure on your vehicle. This leads to a higher chance of breaking down and disrupting your fleet performance.

To avoid this from happening, make sure to check your vehicle’s batteries and that all the parts are well-maintained. You can often get your vehicle checked once in a while to avoid any unfortunate circumstances that might take a toll on your wallet.

Drivers Need to be Precautious:

The road becomes much more slippery, especially on black ice, and weather can become a hazard. This means drivers have to be more precautious by driving at a slow speed in order to keep their grip on the road, resulting in fleets reaching their destination significantly late, slowing down the whole operation.

Concluding the above matter, weather plays a significant role in the fleet business. Knowing that you cannot control the weather will always keep impacting and intruding on your fleet operation. However, the aforementioned things can be done to prioritize safety without facing any unfortunate challenges and planning your journeys beforehand to lessen the impact of weather on your fleet performance.

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