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September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Good Predictive Maintenance Begins with Tracking Vehicles & Components

By Dave Williams

A system to identify vehicles and components helps fleet managers analyze performance.The VMRS code system, designed by the American Trucking Associations, is an industry-accepted tool to make the job easier.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

10 Ways to Improve Fleet Safety

By Lauren Colin

Many companies use methods such as videos and behind-the-wheel training to get the safety message across to drivers. Motor vehicle record (MVR) checks and incentives are also effective.

Tags: How-to Guides, Driver Training, Online Training

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Using Telematics to Manage Truck Fleets

By Tariq Kamal

Fleet managers describe how the ability to track vehicle location, gas consumption, and preventive maintenance has benefited their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Maintenance, Fuel Savings

July 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

Sterling Fires a Silver Bullet

The all-new Sterling Bullet Class 4-5 work truck will be available at select Sterling dealerships in late fall 2007.

By Christine Erice

The 2008 Sterling Bullet, the new Class 4-5 truck from Sterling Corp., is engineered and vocationally specific enough to handle the toughest jobs.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

6 Steps to Selecting the Right Medium-Duty Trucks for Your Fleet

By Sean Lyden

There are several options to consider when choosing the right truck. Eliminating unwanted costs, targeting specific needs, and calculating mpg are all ways you can help determine the right truck for your fleet needs.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Top 10 Steps to Developing Better Chassis Specifications

By Bob Johnson

The ultimate goal in chassis specification is a vehicle that’s right for its intended application. An orderly approach to the process begins with identifying upfitting requirements, performance criteria, and design constraints.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Could Your Next Work Truck be a Hybrid?

By Terry Parkhurst

Medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck tests show promise in stop-and- go situations and those that require auxiliary power generation in urban environments. But will costs come down enough to make them feasible for general use?

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

40 Ways to Reduce Truck Fleet Costs

Managing and containing fleet costs is a central part of a fleet managers job. job. By taking a long and hard look at tires, driver behavior, specs, maintenance, management, and safety, truck fleet managers can find plenty of ideas for reducing fleet costs.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Truck Fleet Uses Telematics to Improve Operations

By Joe Bohn

Less-than-truckload carrier, A. Duie Pyle, invests in proactive technology as part of an ongoing strategy to compete in an industry struggling with consolidation and overcapacity.

Tags: Telematics, Qualcomm

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

20 Ways to Increase Cargo Security

Not all vehicles or fleet policies are equal when providing cargo security. Minimizing temptation for would-be thieves is the key to eliminating vehicle content theft problems.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Determine Tire Load Ratings

By Mike Mavrigian

They need to be followed when selecting a custom tire and wheel package. The tire must safely support a given amount of vehicle weight. If the load rating is insufficient, the tire may become overheated and can self destruct.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Understanding Tire Dimensions

By Mike Mavrigian

Information imprinted on a tire sidewall provides complete identification data, serving much like an owner’s manual for that specific tire.

July 2007, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Call of Duty

By Chris Brown

Ford’s newly redesigned F-Series Super Duty lineup gets the job done with power, style, and a host of new features.

May 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

GM's New Heavy Duty Workhorses

2007 Chevrolet Silverado

By Chad Simon

Offering a host of configurations and displaying class-leading power and torque ratings, GM’s new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickups thrive in tough terrain and hard work applications.

Tags: 2007-MY, General Motors, Chevrolet SIlverado HD, GMC Sierra HD

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

The Medium-Duty Powertrain Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces

By Sean Lyden

Many factors must be considered before purchasing a medium-duty truck, including matching the right engine and transmission options to the correct drive/rear-axle ratio. Determining the truck’s application and driver’s skill level should help ease the process.`

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Anti-Idling Programs that Work

By Joe Bohn

Idling is a common concern for fleets trying to manage fuel consumption. With the help of the right anti-idling program, fleet managers can decrease fuel use and regulate fuel budgets.

Tags: Idling, Anti-Idling

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What to Expect From the New Diesel Motor Oil

By Chris Brown

The new 2007 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel handles high temperatures while minimizing harmful emissions.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What's the Early Report on the New 2008 Diesel Engines?

By Joe Bohn

Questions linger regarding the reliability and serviceability of the new powertrain’s emissions systems.However, the technology isn’t all that new; with a proven history of reliability, it is designed to minimally impact drivers and serviceability.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Diesel Particulate Filter, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

DCX Launches Full-Service Truck Leasing

By Cindy Brauer

The new package, aimed at small business owners in the vocational segment, offers a one-stop source for acquisition, financing, fleet management, maintenance support, and vehicle disposal.

Tags: Leasing

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Your New Title: Environment Manager

By Daryl Lubinsky

By switching its fleet to biodiesel, Oakhurst Dairy helps opened. save the environment, and some money, as well.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Propane-Powered Ford F-150s Offer Alt-Fuel Option

By Joe Bohn

Livonia, Mich.-based Roush Industries developed a dedicated propane system for the Ford pickups.The new versions have solved the weather-related starting issues that plagued previous-generation propane models.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

City & County Anti-Idling Regulations

By Lauren Colin

Here's a chart of anti-idling regulations in various cities and counties.

Tags: Anti-Idling, Regulations

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

State-By-State Anti-Idling Regulations

By Lauren Colin

Several states, counties, and cities have instituted anti-idling regulations to address issues ranging from environmental concerns to economic costs associated with vehicle emissions.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

FordLink In-Vehicle Computer System Goes Mobile

By Chad Simon

Designed to operate in remote environments, the FordLink in-vehicle mobile computer offers Ford truck fleet drivers the convenience of Internet, Microsoft Office, Bluetooth, software installation, and GPS capabilities right when they need it.

May 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Not Just an Idle Problem

By Paul Dexler

A food distribution company’s trucks are burning up their engines and too much fuel from continuous idling.Here’s how the fleet manager is attacking the problem.

March 2007, Work Truck - Editorial

Upfit Specs Can Reduce Workers Comp Claims

By Mike Antich

Workers’ comp claims resulting from use of upfitted equipment is on the rise. Poor upfitting decisions often result in expensive litigation to defend against alleged negligence.

March 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

2008 E-Series Follows Ford's Tough-Truck Tradition

By Chad Simon

Upgraded for 2008, Ford’s E-Series Wagon and Van feature a revitalized front end, improved suspension and shocks for enhanced ride, new braking system for better functionality, and added safety features.

Tags: Ford, Ford E-Series, 2008-MY, Full-Size Vans

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

OEMs Improve Truck Brake Safety and Control

By Joe Bohn

Nearly all this year’s Class 3-6 commercial vehicles provide upgraded braking systems and/or new brake-related features and options.

Tags: Safety, Medium-Duty Trucks, Brakes

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Preventive Maintenance at the Touch of a Button

By Christine Erice

OnStar Business Vehicle Manager simplifies preventive maintenance for truck fleets of all sizes.

Tags: OnStar

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Guidelines for Biodiesel Use in Fleets

By Joe Bohn

Use of biodiesel is set to dramatically expand as production and availability rise. However, fleets are advised to stay within manufacturer recommendations when fueling new-model vehicles with the alternative fuel.

Tags: Biodiesel

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Maximize Commercial Truck Tire Life

By Joe Bohn

While tires are depreciating equipment, fleet managers can control how fast tire value drops. The best way is to write, communicate, and enforce a tire management and maintenance program.

Tags: Truck Tires, Maintenance

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What Fleet Managers Need to Know About Diesel Engine Fluids

By Sean Lyden

Diesel engine fluids, including engine oils, coolants, and fuel additives, are essential components in a consistent preventive maintenance program that sustains equipment uptime, minimizes repair costs, and increases longevity.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Engine Oils

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

All New Dodge Sprinter

2007 Dodge Sprinter

By Lauren Colin

The 2007 Dodge Sprinter offers expanded versatility, innovative new standard features, and safety.

Tags: Dodge, 2007-MY

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

The Future of the Light Truck as Chevrolet Sees It

By Paul Dexler

As the light-truck market evolves, manufacturers are evolving with it. Here is a look at some of what Chevrolet is doing to keep up with and ahead of the market.

Tags: Chevrolet

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Operating Expenses for Medium-Duty Trucks Increase

By Mike Antich

The high cost of fuel was the key reason for increased operating expenses. The spike in fuel prices also contributed to the higher cost of replacement tires and, indirectly, to higher maintenance expenses.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Operating Costs

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Eight Questions to Consider when Selecting Medium-Duty Transmissions

By Sean Lyden

With more than 25 different transmissions and more than 15 different engine options available, how can you select the right combination for your medium-duty trucks? Here are some guidelines to help.

Tags: Truck Transmissions, PTO, Transmissions

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

All New Dodge Class 4-5 Trucks

2008 Dodge Ram 4500

By Lauren Colin

Dodge expands its commercial presence with the launch of the all-new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs.The new cabs are targeted at small business and trade fleet customers, and traditional chassis cab users.

Tags: Dodge, Ram Truck, Ram 4500, Ram 5500

March 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Increase Truck Fuel Mileage

Truck tires courtesy of BFGoodrich

By Harvey Brodsky

One simple and immediate way for truck fleets to save money at the pump is to keep their tires properly inflated. By maintaining the proper inflation pressure for a given tire size and load, tires also last longer and are safer.

Tags: Truck Tires

January 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Crew Van Adds New Functionaility to Express and Savana

By Paul Dexler

Work crew safety and comfort drive the new variation of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana. Seating for five that meets FMVSS requirements, along with added interior comfort, are all part of the package.

December 2006, Work Truck - Feature

The New 2007 Jeep Compass: A Step in the Right Direction

By Chad Simon

Jeep introduces the new 2007 Compass, a compact and versatile front-wheel-drive SUV that performs like its larger Jeep siblings, but with the fuel efficiency of a sedan.

December 2006, Work Truck - Feature

Ford Offers Vehicle Special Order Service for Fleets

By Chad Simon

Ford’s Vehicle Special Order (VSO) program provides fleets with customized equipment, service, and paint options not offered via regular production.

December 2006, Work Truck - Feature

The 2007 Ford F-150 Repeats as AF Fleet Truck of the Year

By Chad Simon

For the second straight year, commercial fleet managers select the Ford F-150 AF’s Fleet Truck of the Year. Always a popular choice for getting the job done, the truck is noted for performance, functionality, durability, and safety.

May 2006, Work Truck - Feature

What are the Pros and Cons of Biodiesel vs. Diesel?

By Sean Lyden

Produced from vegetable oils, the clean-burning biodiesel can be used in conventional engines with few, if any, modifications and is distributed through existing infrastructures.

January 2006, Work Truck - Feature

How Fuel Management Can Save Dollars for Truck Fleets

Yes, they have four tires and steering wheels, just like cars. But there are some differences between trucks and cars, and those differences impact managing fuel expense.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

By Mike Antich
Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

Lessons Learned from Great Fleet Managers

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

By Lauren Fletcher
In today’s digital age, technology is developing at a break-neck pace and fleet management is often the recipient and early adopter of many of the new options available. One of the more newsworthy pieces of modern technology has been the “drone.” Their use in fleet may offer several possibilities.

‘It Doesn’t Apply to Me’

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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