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A Fleet Manager's Survival Guide for Doing More with Less

In today’s lean economy, fleet managers have fewer resources and greater demands on their time, staff, and vehicles. Surviving these tough times includes managing stress and looking for the “upside” to the down economy.

January 2012, Work Truck - Feature

by Sean Lyden - Also by this author

Slashed budgets, hiring freezes, increased workplace stress - these are just a few challenges buffeting public and private fleets alike in the midst of economic headwinds.

"What keeps fleet managers up at night is the impact of the economy - the unknown, the uncertain," said John Rencher, a veteran fleet manager with the City of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. "You're not sure how your department will be affected. In many cases, you're having to stretch out the lifecycle of a vehicle. But how long will the vehicle last? What happens if it breaks down? How do you keep your staff intact, especially if the budget gets cut even further?"

Under these conditions, fleet managers may feel overwhelmed with greater responsibilities and fewer resources (including staff) with which to fulfill them. If not managed effectively, the stress can lead to diminished job performance, health issues, and even burnout.

How can fleet managers cope in today's stressful environment? Here are 10 strategies to not only survive, but also thrive when under pressure to do more with less.


  1. 1. Sammy Samuelson [ August 08, 2012 @ 09:46PM ]

    I find it very important to analyze oil,to first of all discover problems before they become disasters ! Secondly,to determine is the oil ready or can a filter be changed and oil topped off. It is not necessary to drain the oil to obtain a sample! We have an Oil Analyzer,the size of a cell phone, capable of giving results on the spot. Also we have a By-Pass Oil Filtration System (CCECO) that filters down to one-half to one micron,and removes moisture as well as cleaning the oil beyond original specs. In other words:" Change your Thinking,not your Oil ! "
    Thank You ,


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