On and off the road, weather affects many aspects of fleet management, including driver safety, fleet wellness, optimization tools and of course, demand forecasting. While ground transportation companies face varying weather hazards in different geographies, such as rain, snow, heat waves, freezing conditions, and more, fleets everywhere can benefit from the latest developments in MicroWeather technology.
Let’s get practical. How do you increase the accuracy of alerts to drivers before they encounter hazardous weather? Driver safety is of utmost importance, and while traditional weather tools can only provide updates every 30-60 minutes, new technologies can do much better. To get the most precise predictions from 0-6 hours out, you need access to fresh MicroWeather observations every minute. Sent out as alerts to every driver device on the road, such predictions can help drivers know exactly when and where bad weather will strike.
On the road, fleet management optimization tools for routing, real-time location tracking, geofencing, and speed management can all benefit from advanced weather observation and predictions, as well. If drivers know how to drive around an area of severe thunderstorms, for example, without detouring too far off the route, there can be significant improvements in driver and fleet wellness and also route optimization and fuel savings. Real-time location tracking can seamlessly integrate with a real-time MicroWeather data stream from a tool such as Tomorrow.io’s MicroWeather API.
Demand for fleets working in construction, road paving, snow removal and utility maintenance is heavily influenced by the weather. Some fleets will need to move quickly to respond to severe weather events like snowstorms, while others will need to stand down in areas of precipitation. Others still will need to pause work in one area while moving to another area where the weather permits operations. Accurate classification of precipitation type and intensity can’t be provided by every weather forecast; fleet operators can perform demand forecasting with better outcomes by using MicroWeather data.
Advanced MicroWeather data is a powerful tool to keep drivers safer and has the potential to significantly improve fleet wellness and optimization of both routes and demand. Sign up for a trial of Tomorrow.io’s MicroWeather API today to make your fleet proactive, staying far ahead of bad weather.