How Electronic Logging Can Benefit Your Fleet

Posted by PS Energy Group on Jun 21, 2016 11:06:14 AM

You have probably heard more news and buzz surrounding electronic logging devices (ELDs) and their December 2017 mandated use than you can count. Once again, you’re soon to be hit with more government rules and regulations—rules and regulations that slow productivity and make growing profitability and managing your fleet operations not exactly easy.

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Biodiesel Ranks First

Posted by PS Energy Group on Jun 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Each December the NTEA—The Association for the Work Truck Industry—conducts their comprehensive Fleet Purchasing Outlook survey to gain insight on the commercial vehicle landscape.

The survey results were released in March and showed that when it comes to alternative fuels and fleets, biodiesel rules. 

The survey found that not only is biodiesel the most commonly used alternative fuel option with 18 percent of fleets on board, it is also the number one alternative fuel choice for future interest—meaning more fleets are planning to continue using biodiesel or are planning to start using biodiesel.  

So what makes biodiesel the alternative fuels winner? And why are more and more fleet managers choosing biodiesel as their “go to” alternative fuel option? 

Here’s why….

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The 7 Driver Services that Your Company Should Have

Posted by PS Energy Group on Jun 7, 2016 11:48:13 AM

Think of the investment you have in your drivers and vehicles. Now think of how it would affect your
operations and bottom line if a driver were stranded in the middle of nowhere and unable to be at a job site or make a delivery. Or low on gas with no idea where to find fuel. Unfortunately, these scenarios happen every day and the outcomes are not good—unhappy customers, frustrated drivers and lower productivity.

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Do You Have a Fleet Safety Program?

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 31, 2016 3:33:33 PM

 

The number of fatalities and injuries in traffic accidents is not only alarming, it is trending in the wrong direction. According to the National Safety Council, 2015 saw the largest one-year percentage increase in half a century with an estimated 38,300 people killed and 4.4 million injured on U.S. roads.

Just as alarming are the estimated costs associated with those accidents—a whopping $152 billion—including medical expenses, wage and productivity losses and property damage.

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5 Things To Avoid When Purchasing Bulk Fuel

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

With all the day-to-day responsibilities fleet managers face, including managing drivers, fleet replacement, security and maintenance, compliance with government regulations and tracking and diagnostics of vehicles, one that affects nearly all areas of fleet operations is fuel—its procurement, price and management.

Buying fuel can be a slow and complex process that is difficult to manage. If too much time is spent organizing fuel deliveries, it may be time to consider taking the fuel burden off your shoulders and purchasing fuel in bulk.

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What You Should Know About Diesel Hedging and Swaps

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The price of fuel is constantly fluctuating. It can spend weeks in a steady decline, followed by an overnight upswing. So, say you own a fleet of trucks, construction equipment, or other vehicles that rely on large, regular amounts of diesel fuel in order to do business. A sudden, unexpected surge in diesel prices can cut into your bottom line and harm your business. So how can you keep your fuel costs steady and manageable over time? Use a method called diesel hedging.

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How to Get Buy In: GPS Tracking

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In today’s competitive and complex business environment, keeping ahead of the game is becoming more and more challenging. Whether your fleet is large or small, costs are constantly fluctuating and customer expectations are higher than ever, making managing your fleet operations not exactly a walk in the park.

The good news is that getting ahead and staying ahead doesn’t need to be so challenging. In fact, challenges can be overcome and even turned into opportunities with the right tools in place, especially if those tools include a GPS-based fleet tracking system.

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Common Myths About Fuel Efficiency

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 3, 2016 10:48:00 AM

When it comes to fuel economy, most people are well aware of the tried-and-true methods that help save money on gas. “Don’t crank the AC,” and “Ease the pedal to the metal” are two of the more obvious ones that come to mind.

What about this one: Coasting down a hill in neutral helps conserve gas.

Not only is this illegal and dangerous, it is false and there are studies that prove that engines in neutral actually do use gas. But believe it or not, this is a fuel economy myth that many people mistakenly think is true.

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New Diesel Engine Oil Standards

Posted by PS Energy Group on Apr 26, 2016 9:59:31 AM

It’s not too early to start thinking ahead to December 1, 2016. Not because it’s both National Pie Day and Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day, but because December 1st is when the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) two new diesel engine oil standards—API Service Categories CK-4 and FA-4—will first appear in the API Service Symbol donut.

Eventually replacing the current CJ-4 oils, the API is now preparing to license engine oil against these new standards. The delay in licensing until December gives marketers time to test their new formulations and have them ready for market.

 

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Fossil Fuels

Posted by PS Energy Group on Apr 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

They are the world’s primary energy source. They are non-renewable and can’t be replenished in a short period of time. Burning them causes air pollution, which contributes to acid rain, smog and global warming.

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