As if managing drivers and staff members is not challenging enough for fleet managers, add in the additional day-to-day responsibilities, and the management challenges increase tenfold. There’s vehicle purchasing, scheduling vehicle maintenance, controlling fuel costs, developing safety programs, and ensuring compliance with government rules and regulations — all while trying to increase efficiency and profitability, while staying within established budgets.
One of the most pressing issues facing fleets today is rapidly evolving technology and the challenging effect it can have on maintenance operations. In fact, according to a recent survey of maintenance professionals by Fleet Owner, three of the top five challenges for fleet maintenance operations are technology-related:
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There are obvious factors that can help drive a fleet’s strong bottom line, such as controlling fuel costs, optimizing maintenance, ramping up safety initiatives, and monitoring driver behavior. Yet, there’s one factor, maybe not as obvious but equally important — if not more important — to overall success, and that’s maintaining good vendor relationships.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured each day because of distracted driving.
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No one can predict with 100 percent certainty whether biodiesel will completely replace diesel in the future. There are just too many political, economic, and environmental impacts, and “unknowns” that are constantly in play. That said, if you take a look at the increasing use of biodiesel by commercial vehicles, as well as the growing interest in reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, it certainly appears that biodiesel is moving full speed ahead in that direction.
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If you want freedom from the liability issues that can be associated with fuel storage and dispensing, your fleet vehicles and equipment fueled and ready to go at the start of the workday, and your drivers focused on their job rather than spending time fueling their vehicles at a card-lock or retail fuel station, then wet hose fueling is a method that’s definitely worth exploring.
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It’s been just over two years since the FMCSA’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) ELD mandate went into effect in December of 2017. The mandate applies to the vast majority of commercial vehicles on the road, and the driving force behind it is improving road safety and minimizing road accidents by reducing driver fatigue.
Unlike paper logs, where it was possible for drivers to manipulate hours of service (HOS) numbers, ELDs are tamper resistant and don’t allow original data collected by the device to be erased or altered. They digitally track driving time and monitor compliance with the rest-break rule — mandatory rest break after 8 hours of driving — and the restriction that allows drivers behind the wheel for 11 of 14 hours before taking a 10-hour break.
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With the many providers in the fuel card industry and number of cards available, each with various options and features, determining the card that best fits the needs of your company and gives you the greatest return on your investment can be a challenging process. However, answering some key questions about your fleet and your requirements can help whittle down your choices and simplify the decision-making process.
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It’s common knowledge that excessive idling isn’t good for the bottom line or the environment, but what you may not know is just how costly and harmful it can be. To get a clearer perspective, take a look at these statistics:
- Idling vehicles waste more than six billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline annually.
- Medium-duty vehicles use about 2.5 billion gallons of fuel each year just to idle, or 6.7% of the total amount of fuel they consume.
- For heavy-duty vehicles, an hour of idling equates to around 80 miles of engine wear and tear.
- Idling cars and trucks produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year in New York City alone.
2019 just may be the “Year of the Plunge” for many fleet managers. And no, not plunging bottom lines, productivity or efficiency levels. Actually, it’s just the opposite, since more fleet managers are pointing to 2019 as the year they’re focusing more on data and taking the digital plunge.