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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.

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Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging deeper into the numbers in this issue.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher
One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared.

Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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

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