Preparing for the Storm

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If The Weather Channel is good for anything, it’s the ability to make everyday natural occurrences seem like the stuff of science fiction. Not that we would ever want to minimize the impact of “Winter Storm Achilles” or “Super storm Sandy”, but weather has been happening since the earth began, and most of this “unprecedented weather” has been done before…within many of our lifetimes…but easily within the last few generations. Still, as a business that depends on the ability to get around safely and efficiently on Chicago area roads, it’s good to know that someone is watching out for us.
Preparing for poor weather conditions is not as easy as changing into different shoes; it also takes mental preparation. This is often an overlooked point, since the focus always tends to be on vehicle handling and road conditions. But driving in inclement weather adds additional stress, which leads to physical and mental fatigue; two things that can have a negative effect on a drivers decision making and reaction time.
Any limo service in Chicago should have a plan to make their drivers aware of upcoming weather threats as soon as they become known. This may not always be possible, but if you were watching The Weather Channel…you would know. That being said, warning chauffeurs that conditions may become dangerous and reminding them to get extra rest prior to the arrival of the storm. Making sure vehicles are filled with gas is another overlooked piece of the puzzle, especially in the winter. Safety kits are a must for commercial vehicles, with jumper cables, flares or safety triangles, and even a first-aid kit as stock items. And while this may all sound like common sense type blather, we only have to look back a few years in Chicago for a blizzard that left hundreds stranded on Lake Shore Drive, some with little or no gas to run their engines for warmth.
The Weather Channel may border on the obnoxious, but we should take advantage of their almost “panic mode” approach to all weather events, and prepare for the storm.

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.