Navigating US Road Conditions and Gridlock

Navigating US Road Conditions and Gridlock

Gridlock is Slowing Us Down

Road conditions and traffic congestion or gridlock are a major factor that affects punctuality, productivity, and safety.  Unfortunately, driving in less than ideal road conditions, and stopping to wait in gridlock is something we must live with.  In any case, awareness helps us to avoid some of the worst situations and better cope with the rest.

Can We Eliminate Gridlock?

We all encounter it and we all hate it, but can anything be done about it?  Texas A&M recently released its annual Urban Mobility Report. It explains some of Road conditions - Gridlockthe WHY and offers a long list of potential remedies to avoid gridlock.  It is clear there is no one solution, but many small things that can be done to impact this problem plaguing metropolitan commuters and fleets.

What are some things a business can do?   Both small and large businesses can use remote workers where practical.  Another idea is to schedule services for off-peak travel hours by offering incentives to customers for scheduling their service in those off-peak hours. These simple measures are just starting points.  The Big Data that is available through the efforts of companies like Geotab, can be used to better understand and prevent the ongoing gridlock in the US.

 

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Road Condition in the US

According to The Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report, pavement condition in the US has continued to decline over the years.  Some states do better than others when it comes to filling potholes and repairing deficient bridges.  It is interesting that the dollars we spend on construction projects to improve road conditions do not always correlate to the percentages of improvement achieved.

Heavy Duty Trucking, commenting on the report, posted, “The percentage of urban interstate mileage in poor condition increased in 29 states with one-third of the nation’s urban interstate mileage in poor condition being concentrated in just five states: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, and New York.”  “Massachusetts ranks low in the overall rankings but shows the nation’s lowest traffic fatality rate, while South Carolina reports the highest.”

 

Highway Safety

Safety awareness and training are key to every driver coming back safe every day.

There is a wealth of information available on highway safety in the US.  This information is provided by safety experts, insurance organizations, and fleet technology providers.  Understanding the safest and most dangerous places along your routes can save lives.  Here are a few resources you may find helpful.

Bad Weather = Poor driving conditions creating gridlock.

Snow and ice create a dangerous combination.  They cause causes accidents and endless gridlock.  Knowing when to avoid dangerous weather saves time, lives, and expensive commercial vehicles.  You can add forecast weather service to your GPS tracking easily. MyFleetView allows you a 30 day trial of our weather services.  The map displays where your vehicles are in relation to the weather conditions  and weather related roadway threats you select.  See how below.

Weather - Watches and Warnings

Weather – Watches and Warnings

Northeast Roadway Threats Overlaid on Watches and Warnings

Northeast Roadway Threats Overlaid on Watches and Warnings

Adding current and forecast weather to your MyFleetView map is easy!  Start your 30 day trial today!  Here’s how.

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4 Steps to Adding Services

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Vehicle Cameras for Fleet Management

Vehicle Cameras for Fleet Management

Vehicle cameras are becoming more and more popular as a fleet management tool.

Rosco vehicle cameraAs with any new tool, it takes time to understand the best ways to leverage camera use on your fleet vehicles.  When selecting and setting up your vehicle camera system, managing consumption to avoid data overage needs to be considered. Ask yourself some questions when you begin.  What information will be most beneficial to you in video format? How do you plan to use it? Who will be responsible for reviewing it?

There are several different types of camera systems, designed for different purposes, and it is important to select the system that will record and deliver the specific type of video record you need.  No longer are cameras just a risk management measure to have a record in case of an accident.  Forward-facing cameras monitor the road and potential hazards in front of the vehicle.  They can stand alone, or be used with peripheral cameras.  Some systems also have an interior view of the cab to record what the driver is doing.  Adding side, rear, and cargo area cameras can provide valuable information as well as security. Our camera systems  integrate with the Geotab tracking platform for fuller functionality.

Automatic Event Recording

Vehicle cameras designed to record events are primarily used to document the conditions an event occurs.  Events may be predefined by the camera system or you can define them yourself when integrated with your vehicle tracking system.  Being selective about how many of your rules generate email notifications helps to limit unnecessary email overload.  In the same way, be selective about the rules you choose to trigger video downloads to avoid data overage. Speeding is a common rule that you may want to trigger a video download, but if you have several speed rules, choose carefully the one that triggers the video. A rule like 5 mph over the posted speed limit can trigger often and use up your data plan in a hurry.

 

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Cameras with AI

Other vehicle camera systems use artificial intelligence to identify events.  They can identify speeding, lane drift, following too closely, even road obstructions.  Combined with a smartphone app, these systems give feedback to the driver to avoid potential hazards.  With an in-cab view, cameras with AI can also identify and record cell phone use and smoking events.

 

 

Live Feed

Some business models such as the Security industry may benefit from live feed capability from vehicle cameras.  Supervisors can view live video to consult with and advise the field employee. Managers can view job site progress and several jobs without leaving the office.  Live feeds need to be used responsibly.  If you forget to turn off the feed and leave for lunch, extreme data overage is the likely result.

You can see examples of video from a variety of cameras as well as installation tips on our YouTube channel.

Monitor your Data Consumption

If your system offers a feature to monitor how much data you have used, check weekly to see that you are within your data plan limits.  Becoming familiar with how much data you are using will allow you to get the most out of your vehicle camera system without incurring costly overages.

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Florida’s Only National Safety Council Training Center

NSC Defensive Driving Course – Only $299!

Avoid missed work and travel expenses to another state and potentially keep your insurance rates from going up. There are several hotels within a 1/4 mile of our location, and plenty of restaurants if you need to stay overnight. You can easily make a dreadful experience into something happy and fun. Join us and we’ll help make the best of a difficult situation. Stay the weekend and enjoy Tampa Go to the beach or eat in Ybor City!

National Safety Council Training

National Safety Council Traffic School
Defensive Driving Course

Out of State Ticket?

If you got a ticket while driving outside of Florida, you may be able to avoid returning to Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina or the New England area by attending our National Safety Council Training Defensive Driving Course in Tampa, FL. Florida’s DMV traffic school course often will not meet the requirements of other states. You must either return to the state of the infraction, or take the NSC course at an authorized training center. Fleetistics offers the only active NSC DDC training in Florida.

You must contact the state where you got the ticket to learn if the NSC DDC course is a substitute for traffic school or moving violation fines. Fleetistics has no information or authority to provide information. We do not offer legal advice or answer questions about any topic other than those related to administering the DDC.

For course information click here.

 

Small Class, Relaxed Atmosphere

We offer the ability to compete your course in an intimate, no-pressure environment. Our National Safety Council certified instructor, Darryl Arnold, offers the course at an easy-to-follow pace. As the only provider for the National Safety Council training, we have tailored our program to also be as efficient as possible. Our main concern is helping you get back on the road safely without hefty fines and rising insurance rates.

NSC DDC Training Florida

National Safety Council NSC Defensive Driver Course

National Safety Council NSC Defensive Driver Course

NSC Defensive Driver Course Instructor

We are excited to offer the NSC Defensive Driving Course to improve company safety.

When most people hear the words defensive driving course, they assume its for someone that had a recent citation (speeding ticket, car accident, DUI, etc.). The fact of the matter is that everyone should take the NSC Defensive Driving Course. These courses help you stay safe on the road by equipping you with the proper knowledge to make the right decisions when driving.

Benefits of taking the NSC Defensive Driver Course:

  • Learning how to prevent and avoid collisions
  • Reducing collisions with defensive driver strategies
  • Identifying aggressive drivers
  • Overall driver safety
  • And more!

Fleetistics is a proud NSC provider that teaches this course once a month. Seating is limited to 6 people however, on-site training for businesses is also available for 10 attendees or more. Please click here for more information and to register for our upcoming class. We hope to see you soon and stay safe out on the road!

Garmin Remote Worker Navigation, Messaging & SOS

Garmin Remote Worker Navigation, Messaging & SOS

Garmin Remote Worker Solution The Explorer

Garmin Remote Worker Solution, the Explorer, provids an affordable tracking and communication device. The Explorer is an adaptation developed from Garmin’s recent acquisition of InReach. Garmin has taken the device and made it better. The Explorer provides some great features for workers in remote areas which are navigating off the beaten road and need a safety and communication tool using satellite communication instead of cellular. Read more.

 

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