Critical Weather Layers

Critical Weather Layers


Almost any business with a fleet is impacted by critical weather. Critical weather references the exceptions to routine weather which is average and does not change our daily routine. Critical weather requires adjusting how we do business and live our lives because it represents extremes. Black ice, hail, tornados and heavy rain are examples of critical weather.

With 10 years of weather data to work with, formulas have been created and tested that provide statistically significant probability of accuracy in predicting when black ice might be present, where a storm is going and the severity of a hail storm. The MyFleetView map in your account (shown above) gives you access to various map layers for evaluation. Let us know your thoughts by completing the survey below.


Severe Weather Track

Daily Operations

As fleet managers we understand the impact weather has on our business. As weather intelligence gets better weather data becomes another variable in the decision making process. The accuracy and timeliness of weather data determines the value of the data. The sooner the data is available the more time there is to plan or respond more effectively.

Whether trucking, service of delivery, all fleet operations are subject to weather conditions. Critical weather goes beyond fleet operations and into many areas of a business such as:

  • Customer service – customers which cannot be serviced have to be rescheduled which results in a loss of productivity and revenue
  • Administration – Service credits, billing adjustments and service ticket administration all feel the impact of weather
  • Dispatching – Weather determines how many customers can be seen in a day, how many delays or reschedules are needed
  • Risk & Legal – Workers compensation, accident liability, and insurance vary based on weather
  • Logistics – The ability to get supplies to the right location at the right time so customers can be service or operations continued


How Important is Critical Weather Data?

**Click here** to let us know your thoughts. Knowing road conditions, snow fall, wind speed, temperature and other data can aid in planning, safety and logistics. Click the Filter tab on the right to view all available layers.

Garmin Explorer Personal Tracking Map

Garmin Explorer Personal Tracking Map

Fleetistics Offers Garmin Explorer Devices

garmin explorer mapGarmin Explorer devices have an enterprise tracking map. Fleetistics has integrated the Explorer GPS location with the MyFleetView vehicle tracking map and the Garmin website in your MyFleetistics account for a convenient integrated view. Click the link to view the Fleetistics live Garmin tracking map or read more on our website.



Return on Investment Series: COI

Return on Investment Series: COI

Telematics & GPS Cost of Ignoring

Simply stated, the cost of ignoring is money left on the table. Cost of ignoring (COI) can be thought of as the amount of lost savings that result when a company fails to undertake a strategic business investment that would otherwise improve operational efficiency. For fleet managers it can be thought of as the incremental operating costs resulting from the improper use of telematics or lack thereof.



COI has the same strategic goals as ROI, however there are a few fundamental differences as seen in the table below. The primary difference is that COI is focused on minimizing operating costs, whereas ROI is focused on maximizing incremental revenue.





Finding Savings


Each fleet is unique, and therefore each fleet can have drastically different cost structures. In our research, we found that two variables specifically impacted a fleets operating costs: vehicle class and vehicle mileage.

Here is an example: A long-haul Heavy-Duty (HD) fleet will have a very different cost per mile (CPM) breakdown than a low-mileage Light-Duty (LD) fleet. In general, the HD fleet will likely have larger proportional fuel expenses per mile, but the fleet will have larger collision and claims CPM.

Savings opportunities available to a specific fleet will change based on the fleets operating characteristics. This can make the opportunities difficult to identify and quantify.

In the next series, we will discuss using our Fleet Savings Summary Report to quantify the ROI & COI.


View previous Return on Investment Series post here.

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Four Benefits to the ELD Mandate

Four Benefits to the ELD Mandate

The ELD Mandate Can Improve Your Business


FMCSAs ELD Mandate provides an outstanding opportunity to simplify and streamline your handwritten recording process. Fleetistics electronic log systems automate the process. This reduces the time required to compile and maintain driver records. Automation means savings for your company. Let us take a look at the benefits of the Fleetistics ELD/eLog/Hours of Service system:


ELD Mandate Benefit 1Benefit #1 Elimination of handwritten log books. Fleetistics electronic log system replaces the handwritten log book with an easy-to-use mobile app run on an Android tablet or iOS iPad. Gone are the days of trying to decipher illegible log entries.



ELD Mandate Benefit 2Benefit #2 Simplified roadside compliance reporting. When roadside log inspection is required, drivers simply click a button to instantly display a fully compliant report. As changes occur to reporting requirements, our system incorporates those changes.






ELD Mandate Benefit 3Benefit #3 Real-time status for dispatchers. Dispatchers and other office-based personnel can obtain a drivers current status instantly.



ELD Mandate Benefit 4Benefit #4 Digital verification of logs. Never again will it be necessary to chase down a driver to obtain a signature to verify a log entry. Digital verification is provided through the tablet app.




The FMSCA ELD Mandate provides the perfect opportunity to automate the process of maintaining driver log information. Our system also automates compliance with the ELD rules. As changes occur to recordkeeping requirements, our system incorporates the changes to provide users with automatic compliance.

For a live demonstration of the Fleetistics ELD/eLog/Hours of Service system, contact your account manager today.


Return on Investment Series: Article 1

Return on Investment Series: Article 1

Telematics & GPS Return on Investment


Return on investment (ROI) is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment, or to compare different investments. ROI measures the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment. To calculate ROI, the benefit (or return) of an investment is divided by the cost of the investment, and the result is expressed as a percentage.

The telematics industry has come a long way since the days of downloading data when a vehicle returns to home base and providing dots on a map. Today, telematics can provide fleet managers instant reports on location, vehicle driving behavior, maintenance alerts and so much more, thus providing a significant ROI.



5 Pillars of Fleet Management for Return on Investment


Safety – Speeding, harsh driving behavior, reverse, seatbelt, accident reduction
Productivity – Stop duration, dispatch, route efficiency, sales/service calls, timely service
Optimization – Proactive maintenance, odometer readings, vehicle health, fuel consumption
Compliance – Company policies, State/Federal laws, HOS
Expandability – Integrate with 3rd party software, power of the IOX, marketplace

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