The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

January 2009

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher & Sean Lyden
All About Medium-Duty Work Truck Engines

Defining exactly what a truck must do is the first step in spec’ing a medium-duty truck engine.

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First-Ever Biodiesel Fuel Card Offers Nationwide Discounts

By Grace Lauron

The National Biodiesel Foundation offers fleets incentives for going green. Cardholders of the new BioTrucker Fuel Card receive cash price and no transaction fee on fuel at more than 5,000 truck stops and truck-accessible locations across the country.

How First Alarm Saves with CarChip

By Paul Dexler

The CarChip vehicle monitoring system alerts the fleet manager to individual vehicle servicing needs and often explains why. Partnered with DriveCam, the system has saved First Alarm both time and money. By Paul Dexler

Reducing Risk with Driver Assessment Programs

By Staff

Fleet drivers pose potential financial, safety, and liability risks. Managing those risks begins before an employee driver is hired and involves all stakeholders in the development of a driver assessment program.

Hybrid Large Trucks: the Road to Viability

By Chad Simon

Through the support of WestStart-CALSTART’s Hybrid Truck Users Forum, 13 utility fleets became early adopters of medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck technology. Fleet managers report substantial fuel savings and few maintenance issues, though greater production is needed to drive premiums down.

How to Spec Trucks to Achieve Optimal Fuel Efficiency

By Bob Johnson

With planning and training, new, more fuel-efficient work trucks and equipment can be spec’d properly. Considerations include aerodynamics, vehicle weight, tire selection, and powertrain optimization.

What You Need to Know About Load Securement

By Mike Butsch

A review of federal regulations will help develop cargo/load securement policies to ensure cargo carried in company vehicles is transported safely, efficiently, and free from damage.

Truck Accident Management Prices Pose Challenges

By Lauren Fletcher

Faced with a recession, volatile fuel prices, and more expensive repairs, truck fleets are looking for — and finding — ways to hold the line on truck accident expenses.

Is Diesel Still a Good Deal?

By Chris Brown

Fluctuating pump prices and disparate gas and diesel fuel costs prompt a new look at diesel-powered vehicles.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher