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Work Truck – Issue

January 2016

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
2016 Isuzu NPR Diesel Steps it Up a Class

The new low-cab forward diesel truck was built specifically for fleets looking for a Class 3 truck with Class 4 capabilities.

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Features

Ensuring Proper Trailer and Tanker Tire Pressure

By Lauren Fletcher

With fuel costs and tire expenses the top two operating costs for fleet managers, a few simple tips and reminders can save money, improve vehicle handling, and reduce driver fatigue.

Fleet application will dictate upfit specs, but other management mandates, such as corporate fuel efficiency and cost-cutting, will also influence upfit considerations. How to Become a Pro at Upfitting

By Mike Antich

As fleet needs shift, the industry’s upfit volume has grown proportionally to the increase in truck and van new-order volume. Many times, fleet managers without prior upfitting experience find themselves tasked to spec an upfit.

The subcategories NHTSA and the EPA created for the vocational vehicle segment facilitate the breakdown of proposed fuel consumption standards beginning in model-year 2021. (SOURCE: CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS) Impact of Regulatory Issues on Medium-Duty Truck Fleets

By Chris Wolski & Kat Sandoval

With the start of the New Year already behind us, truck fleets are facing the possibility of even more regulations. The new rules are designed to make truck fleet operations more efficient and safer.

When trucks are out of service due to an accident, make sure to expedite the process and get the best price by using in-network shops, approving bids in a timely manner, and making sure the vehicle is out of service for as short a time as possible. Managing an Accident's Impact on Your Truck Fleet

By Luann Dunkerley

A single fatality accident can cost a fleet as much as $7.2 million. There are concrete steps fleet managers can take to prevent crashes, minimize the costs of those that do occur, and recover some funds. The key is following best practices.

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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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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