December 21, 2012, is right around the corner and while a GPS tracking system might not protect against super volcanoes (unless set as “Points of Interest”), asteroids, global warming, or nuclear war, it can help protect you from zombies.
1 Panic Button
A vehicle equipped with our panic button is a vehicle with an angel looking over its shoulder. Surrounded by hordes of zombies? No problem! Hit the panic button and wait for the home office to dispatch help in the form of shotgun- and chainsaw-wielding coworkers.
2 Mark Points of Interest (POI) for Safe Zones
Use POI to mark safe zones for drivers to take shelter when there is zombie overcrowding in an area. Set alerts to be notified when a driver enters the POI, so you know they are safe.
3 Live Zombie Traffic Updates
Click on Google traffic through the Live Fleet feature to see which highways are blocked by abandoned cars and general zombie crowding. Re-route through safe zones as needed.
4 Idling Alerts for Zombie Vehicle Intrusion
Set idling alerts and let employees know that, if the alert goes off, you will just assume their vehicle has been taken over by the undead and will send help if available.
5 Set Speeding Alerts, but Don’t Reprimand for Speeding
On the other side of the spectrum, set speeding alerts, but know that if the alert goes off, it’s most likely because drivers are trying to escape a zombie mob. So, no need to reprimand them — just pray they escape alive.
6 Still Use LogBooks
Use Driver LogBooks to electronically log driver hours. Even though it’s probably the end of the world, you still don’t want to risk hefty fines from the FMCSA. Plus, you want to make sure drivers aren’t driving over their maximum hours. They need to be alert to stay alive.
7 Keep Your Vehicles Healthy
Use maintenance alerts to ensure vehicles stay in tip-top shape. Company vehicles are no longer just for deliveries, transportation, and servicing — they may need to serve as getaway trucks. A broken down van on the side of the road is practically a zombie’s invitation to dinner.
This article was originally published as a blog on the FleetMatics company website (www.fleetmatics.com).
About the Author
Regan Billie is marketing coordinator for FleetMatics, a global provider of GPS tracking systems for small- and medium-sized businesses. She can be reached at [email protected]