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Work Truck – Issue

July 2017

Cover Story By Shelley Ernst
Importance of Mobile Truck, Van Marketing

A truck and van owner's guide to mobile vehicle graphics and advertising. A vehicle wrap on a typical trailer makes 10 million impressions every year. Adding graphics to fleet trucks or vans can go a long way toward boosting brand recognition.

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Features

Logo: LaMar Norman Ways to Set Up Your Work Van

By Lauren Fletcher

Upfitters provide a multitude of options to turn your vans into the perfect tool for your trade, from shelving and storage to ladder racks and partitions.

In the past, engine mechanical problems showed visible signs, such as exhaust smoke color, soot traces, or a new oil stain underneath the truck. This is no longer the case. (Photo: Getty Images) Strategic Changes for Extended PM Intervals

By Bob Stanton

Today’s engine technology and hardware systems require a more strategic inspection than before. Preventive maintenance based on oil-change intervals may not be enough.

The event, hosted by Chevrolet and John Deere, featured Silverado HD trucks towing John Deere equipment of various sizes. (PHOTO: JESSICA WALKER, COURTESY OF CHEVROLET) Smooth Operation Under Tough Conditions

By Roselynne Reyes

Chevrolet gave journalists the chance to test out the Silverado HD’s driving and towing capabilities at a press event co-hosted with John Deere in June.

Reading Truck Equipment offers a variety of service body offerings in both steel and aluminum. (Photo courtesy of Reading Truck Equipment) Spec'ing and Selecting Service Bodies

By Lauren Fletcher

Become a service body pro by avoiding common mistakes and taking important factors such as use and location into consideration.

One way to reduce the liability of add-on equipment is to regularly review how equipment is used and whether it is needed. (Photo: Getty Images) Fleet Liability for Add-On Equipment

By Richard Alaniz

Employers put themselves and others at great risk when they fail to train their employees on the proper use of equipment. Failure to ensure that employees fully comply with equipment use policies can compound the liability risk.

Departments

Confirming a Driver’s Abilities Through a Road Test

By Kathy Close, J.J. Keller

When screening an applicant for a regulated driving position, it is often difficult to know the individual’s true capabilities. Licensing alone is not a tell-all and unless you personally see the applicant in action you may have no idea how he or she will handle your vehicles. This is where a thorough road test comes in.

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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Robert Ferraresso joined Motorlease Corporation in 1963 in the company’s maintenance department, and was promoted to maintenance manager, operations manager, and vice president before retiring in 2006 after 44 years with the company.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Will Need to Reinvent Itself as a New Vision of Fleet Management Emerges

By Mike Antich
Over the past several decades, the purchasing managers of yesteryear reinvented themselves into procurement professionals whose function is now viewed as a strategic asset that provides a competitive advantage to a corporation. Can fleet management, likewise, elevate its perceived value to a corporation, especially in the eyes of its senior management? I say yes, and the timing is right to do so.

Deciphering the DNA of Award-Winning Fleet Professionals

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
How to Stay Motivated

By Lauren Fletcher
For many, it’s easy to feel a sense of motivation at the start of a new year, but as the year progresses it can be tough to stay motivated, especially if you are feeling behind on your goals or feeling burned out in your day-to-day grind. Here are seven ways to help you stay motivated.

Check Up on Your Annual Goals

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown
The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

By Stephane Babcock

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown
The mainstream media may have sold out lock stock and barrel to the fringe elements but as a fleet decision maker you still have some tremendous resources that you can rely on.

New Faces in Safe Places

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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