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Of fleets that utilize medium-duty trucks, the percentage of commercial tires purchased varies, with 21.1 percent of fleet managers purchasing such tires for 21-30 percent of their fleet. Source: Work Truck Research Dept.

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The State of the Commercial Tire Market

The market may be down, prices may be up, but fleets are finding ways to maximize their tire budgets.

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Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

The top challenge facing truck fleets continues to be managing fuel spend. Other challenges include rightsizing, rising tire costs, remarketing, and improving fleet efficiency. An emerging trend is the shift to lighter-weight upfits.

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What You Need to Know About APUs

Evaluating auxiliary power units (APUs) before making any usage decisions can help save time and money for fleets in need of additional power.

Media had a chance to watch the teardown of the two Cummins ISX diesel engines using EcoPower re-refined oil.

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Putting Re-Refined Oil to the Test: Engine Results After 1 Million Miles

The first-ever, official million-mile engine test of re-refined oil in actual fleet service was completed in July after a four-year run. By

At King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, the in-house warranty program resulted in more productive technicians and decreased transportation costs. Photo courtesy of King County, Wash.

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The Pros & Cons of Warranty Work

Every warranty program comes with its own set of pros and cons. To reveal the true picture of warranty work, two fleets and a software expert share their experiences.

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ARS Technicians Get a Hoist with New Vehicle Lift

After making the switch to a new strap hoist vehicle lift, American Residential Services (ARS) has reduced technician injuries, increased productivity, lightened vehicle loads, and improved portability.

Idaho Power Company, one of the members of the Northwest Utility Fleet Managers Association, operates a fleet of 900 units that include this bucket truck.

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Northwest Utilities Band Together for Benchmarking Initiative

The Pacific Northwest Utility Fleet Managers Association is open to both public and private fleets. The Association's biggest project is a benchmarking study that will allow members to effectively compare their operations.

The latest technology offered in automatic transmissions gives a fuel-efficiency edge over manual transmissions.

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Transmissions Drive Medium-Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency

A decade ago, a manual transmission always beat out an automatic, primarily because it was more efficient — but, times are changing.

The Bobcat 3400 4x4 utility vehicle (UTV) is available in both gas and diesel options. A Bobcat representative said fleet managers should choose the fuel type that matches their fleet.

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Utility Vehicle Maintenance Best Practices

While utility vehicle maintenance may be similar to that of small on-road vehicles, the fact that utility vehicles go off-road leads to some differences. Manufacturers weigh in on maintenance best practices.

Being able to stop safely and effectively is critical for fleet drivers operating medium-duty trucks. The choice of hydraulic or air brakes requires looking at a number of complex operational factors.

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Air Brakes or Hydraulic Brakes: That is the Question

Choosing the right brakes for a medium-duty truck can make spec’ing complex; however, there are clear-cut reasons to use both, depending on payload and work environment.

Learn the latest on fleet vehicle maintenance from our news entries and articles. We offer product updates, maintenance cost stories, and company profiles.

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USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Is Your Oil Filter Short Changing Your Engine's Protection?
Fleets have a choice when it comes to oil filter technology. Conventional filters are less expensive, but have several fundamental flaws, while reusable filters use better methods and materials to ensure that oil lubricates the engine effectively and efficiently and, potentially, reduce long-term cost.
How Auto Parts Can Be A Fleet's Next Cost Savings Center
Fleets are under ever-increasing pressure to cut costs. A fleet parts provider can help turn maintenance from an expense to a cost savings center by saving fleets up to 35% and sometimes more on OEM parts.
Automating Common or Tedious Fleet Management Tasks
Automating common or tedious fleet management tasks is the next best thing to being on call 24/7. It doesn’t take you out of the equation. Rather, automating helps you cut costs without error and oversights… without having to make every call.
The Impact of Mobile on Fleet
Five ways you should be using mobile technology to improve your fleet.
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.
Dollars and Cents of Engine Calibration (Infographic)
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