Preparation is Key for Utility Fleets this Winter

Posted by PS Energy Group on Oct 22, 2019 9:27:08 AM

Last winter was not lacking in snowstorms, ice storms, or mixed events in many parts of the country. This year, it looks to be more of the same, with colder-than-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation predicted. While this may be good news for skiers and snowmobilers, utility fleet managers know that winter weather can wreak havoc on their fleets.

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Leasing vs. Buying Vehicles

Posted by PS Energy Group on Aug 27, 2019 11:30:00 AM

To lease or to buy fleet vehicles, that is the one question most fleet managers have to answer at some point in their careers. Determining the best answer isn’t easy. It’s a complex process that depends on several factors, including budget, fleet size, the number of vehicles required to meet business goals, current and future financial situation, and administrative capabilities. 

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5 Keys to Creating Strong Fleet Policy

Posted by PS Energy Group on Aug 13, 2019 10:30:00 AM

 

Establishing fleet policies and procedures is vital to running your fleet efficiently, profitably, and safely. If hastily planned, poorly written, and improperly managed, your fleet policy will be ineffective and can cause problems that affect both your fleet operations and your company’s overall profitability.

Policies and procedures should be:

  • Easy to understand
  • Comprehensive – covering all relevant areas
  • Designed with compliance in mind
  • Enforceable
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Hurricane Predictions Disaster Plan

Posted by PS Energy Group on Jul 31, 2019 9:30:00 AM

 

The death and devastation in 2018 from Atlantic Hurricanes Florence and Michael was so severe that their names were permanently retired from the World Meteorological Organization’s list of storm names.

Florence, which made landfall in September on the North Carolina coast, brought catastrophic flooding to the Carolinas and Virginia. It caused over 50 deaths and an estimated $30-60 billion in damage. Michael, which came ashore along the Florida panhandle in October, was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall in the contiguous U.S., causing at least 45 deaths and an estimated $30 billion in damage.

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Determining the Optimal Vehicle Replacement Cycle

Posted by PS Energy Group on Jun 25, 2019 10:19:31 AM

 

Fleet managers have the responsibility of staying focused on the job at hand and the responsibility of planning and prioritizing future fleet and company needs.  Fuel planning, preventative maintenance scheduling, budgetary projections, and determining the optimal vehicle replacement cycle are just a few of those.

Arguably, all these responsibilities are equally important, but one that is not always prioritized is determining the optimal vehicle replacement cycle. For various reasons, this responsibility is often approached with a reactive “wait and see.” This approach should be avoided because it can prove to be expensive in terms of maintenance costs, fuel costs, and downtime.

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Top 10 Fleet Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by PS Energy Group on Jun 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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.

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Best Practices to Minimize Distracted Driving

Posted by PS Energy Group on Apr 9, 2019 10:15:00 AM

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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6 Safety Tips for Summer Drivers

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 22, 2018 9:00:34 AM

With the blizzards, whiteouts and ice-covered roads of winter in the rear-view mirror and the warm, sunny days of summer just around the corner, you might be looking forward to your drivers traveling on roads that are safer and much easier to navigate.

Sorry to disappoint.

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Quick Guide: Active and Passive Safety Systems

Posted by PS Energy Group on May 8, 2018 10:13:00 AM

 

After being in decline for nearly a decade, vehicle fatality rates have increased in the U.S. over the past few years.

In fact, 2016 fatal traffic crash data— released in October 2017 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — shows 37,462 lives lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015. Factors linked to the rise include reckless behaviors, such as speeding and not wearing seat belts, as well as a 2.2% increase in the number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads.

With growing highway congestion and driver distractions here to stay, improving driver safety and reducing accidents has never been more important than now.

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3 Actionable Steps to Decrease Driver Turnover and Increase Retention

Posted by PS Energy Group on Apr 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

If you are a fleet manager, there is no question that driver shortage is a significant and ongoing concern. In fact, in its annual top industry issues report — 2017 — the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) found that, for the first time since 2006, driver shortage was the top-ranked issue, followed by ELDs and hours of service.

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