A blizzard that hit some Northeastern regions with up to 40 inches of snow, strong winds and slippery conditions brought traffic to a virtual standstill over the past weekend. While the storm wasn't unexpected, its implications are far-reaching and many may have underestimated the damage and consequences of such heavy snowfall. Flights were canceled, trains halted service and some states implemented driving bans prohibiting all cars and trucks from using the roads as the blizzard hit. Not only did this put a dent in travel and commuting plans for many, it also had a significant impact on the transportation services industry and private fleet activity.
Major damage seen across the Northeast
The storm resulted in widespread traffic delays, as inclement weather impaired visibility and made slippery roads more difficult to navigate. In some instances, travel was impossible due to blocked roads or driving bans that prevented fleets from using the roads at all.
Several states are still working to make roads safe after the storm, salting highways, clearing streets and reopening major routes. Progress has been slow thus far, and it may be several more days before transportation firms find that all Northeastern roads are completely clear and safe to drive on.
Weather conditions don't have to deter company progress
During potentially dangerous weather events such as the recent snowstorm in the Northeast, teams may find it useful to implement the use of fleet management software and routing solutions. These tools can ensure managers know exactly where drivers are and what their status is at all times. This can help keep track of drivers and ensure they avoid problems on the road. In the event that an issue does arise, the solutions can enable commercial carriers and private fleets to send the necessary assistance.
Some natural disasters hit certain areas heavily while leaving nearby regions untouched. For this reason, some fleet management teams may find it useful to invest in route optimization software that can better help drivers avoid potentially dangerous areas and closed roads. These inconveniences can put a serious dent in productivity and company resources, making such software an important tool for businesses looking to remain as productive and resourceful as possible, while still ensuring the safety of their drivers during inclement weather conditions.