The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

August 2016

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

The No. 1 consideration when spec’ing a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine displacement, transmission, size of tires, and frame type. You determine the payload by determining the fleet application.

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Features

The BrandFX composite aerial body is one solution they provide for aerial trucks used by the telecommunications industry. (Photo: BrandFX) Innovative Truck and Van Upfits

By Lauren Fletcher

Rarely does one-size-fit-all in vehicle spec’ing and truck and van upfits are case-in-point. Manufacturers work to stay one step ahead of fleet needs with constant improvement and new product advancements.

Service and utility fleets often have the highest capitalized costs, primarily due to upfitting, and tend to be those companies that keep their vehicles in service the longest. (Photo: iStockphoto.com) Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

By Mike Antich

The more expensive the asset, the longer it is kept in service; however, the need for short-term cost savings prompts some fleets to even further extend cycling parameters and defer replacements. But, what are the consequences?



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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Safety Programs with Monetary Incentives May Encourage Under-Reporting of Incidents

By Mike Antich
Do fleet safety incentives “dis-incentivize” the reporting of safety incidents, especially if employees are monetarily rewarded for achieving a low rate of incidents? Under the umbrella of these monetary-based safety incentive programs is not just cash or bonuses, but also award merchandise, award trips, paid days off, and upgraded vehicles or availability of driver amenity options. The question is whether they are potentially counter-productive to the intent of fleet safety programs?

The Growing Penetration of Crossovers into the Commercial Fleet Market

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2016 Cadillac CT6

By Mike Antich
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), 5-passenger large luxury performance sedan. It is one of eight all-new vehicles that Cadillac will launch by the end of the decade as part of its $12-billion product investment.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
What’s Your Backup Plan?

By Sherb Brown
Despite all leading-edge technology and bleeding-edge regulations that are being thrust upon the fleet market, there is a gaping hole in many fleet plans. What to do when a vehicle, or a whole bunch of vehicles, are suddenly not available?

Defining the Size of the ‘Fleet’ Market Isn’t Always as Easy as it Looks

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

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