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Work Truck – Issue

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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Features

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.

Departments

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this issue.

FleetFAQ

Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich
I believe volume penetration of fleets by autonomous vehicles will take much longer to occur than what is predicted in today’s optimistic forecasts. Conceptually, autonomous vehicles are technologically feasible, but, as they say, the devil is in the details. One thing is certain, as we trail blaze new ground, so too will we trail blaze new problems.

Integration of Mobility Management Into Fleet or Vice Versa?

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Never Stop Learning

By Lauren Fletcher
As we age, our cognitive skills and capabilities start to decline, some more quickly than others. Continuing to learn, whether it be something specific like a new language or continuing a college education to something more job-specific can help keep you sharper, longer.

The Importance of Positivity

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich
The EcoSport is Ford’s first-ever subcompact SUV sold in North America, one of the region’s fastest growing vehicle segments. The EcoSport is sold globally by Ford and the updated U.S. model is imported from Ford India.

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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