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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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Greg Tarring worked as fleet manager at Phillip Morris.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Pros and Cons of Truck Platooning

By Lauren Fletcher
The concept of truck platooning is coming over to the United States. With roots in Europe, modern truck platooning is the ability to electronically group trucks, or other vehicles, to travel down the road. Platooning can decrease the space between vehicles and can help increase overall road capacity.

Impact of Healthy Drivers on Your Operation

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

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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