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Work Truck – Issue

January 2013

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Reporting for Light-Duty

Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram all updated their signature light-duty trucks for MY-2013.

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Features

Changing Your Company's Safety Culture

By Jennifer Stroschein, J.J. Keller & Associates

While obstacles to tackle when creating a safety culture abound, fleet managers must address issues such as recognizing the need for change and making it a top company priority.

A drive cycle typically measures factors such as vehicle speed, starts and stops over a given time period, idle time (incidental and extended), and engine off time. SOURCE: NTEA Planning to Green your Fleet? Look Before You Leap

By Bob Johnson, NTEA

The decision to go green requires fleets to first establish the means and objectives to be attained. Challenges include financial considerations, government mandates, and infrastructure concerns, which must be planned for in advance.

A Lighter, More Fuel-Efficient Future for Truck and Van Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Use of aluminum in light vehicles is anticipated to increase 60 percent by 2025, reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety.

EOBR 101: What it Means for Your Fleet

By Jason Rudinoff, ARI

By 2014, the FMCSA must issue a final rule to mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders in commercial vehicles. Will your fleet be ready?

The chart above summarizes changes to the 2011 hours-of-service rule provisions. Full details are available online at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/index.htm. How Will the Hours-of-Service Revisions Affect Your Fleet?

By Sean Lyden

Industry experts believe the FMCSA provisions will fundamentally change the way many fleets do business. Main points of the revised ruling are highlighted.

What You Need to Know About APUs

By Sean Lyden

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

The new fan favorite at Angels Stadium is the KLAA 830 AM Isuzu Reach. The vehicle with its eye-catching graphics supports station events. Isuzu 'Reaches' for Angels Radio

By Lauren Fletcher

Used for promotional purposes, remote broadcasts, and mobile advertising, Angels Radio utilizes the Isuzu Reach for more than just its good looks and cargo space.

By implementing telematics into a fleet, companies large and small can assess the effectiveness of the work they do. Through utilizing field service management systems, Lane Valente has improved driver safety and increased workflow and customer satisfaction. Transforming a Mobile Workforce with GPS Solutions

By Cheryl Knight

One North American service fleet implements a field service management GPS solution to maximize cost effectiveness, improve driver safety, and better meet client expectations.

The all-new Ram cargo van. Ram Cargo Van Meets Vocational Fleet Applications

By Greg Basich

Ram’s fleet-ready CV offers 1,800 lbs. of payload capacity and plenty of options.

Departments

Stat Sheet

By Lauren Fletcher

Digging Deeper into the Numbers

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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