The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

March 2012

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
Truck Accident Costs in 2011 Increase 1-8% on Average

Increased labor rates, additional in-vehicle technology, and environmental regulations are increasing truck accident costs.

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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. Air Brakes or Hydraulic Brakes: That is the Question

By Sean Lyden

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.

Rollins Inc. is looking into possible replacements for the 5,000 Ford Rangers that comprise its Orkin pest control fleet. Ford Ranger Rides into the Sunset

By Sean Lyden

Several fleet management companies look ahead as Ford’s stalwart small pickup ceases production. There are options, but they depend on a number of factors.

Quality Laser Services utilized an image of a technician working on a printer to show its area of expertise. Vehicle Graphics: Think Before You Wrap

By Lauren Fletcher

Thinking about installing vehicle graphics or refreshing an old design? Here’s some advice from the pros: Keep it simple, work with marketing, and plan ahead.

The choice between steel and fiber-composite service bodies boils down to matching the material to the application. The Pros and Cons of Fiberglass vs. Steel Service Bodies

By Staff

When confronted with the choice between a fiberglass and steel service body, fleet managers have a tough choice. Here are eight factors to consider.


Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this issue.

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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