3 Habits for Truck Drivers to Pick Up in 2020 (and 3 Bad Ones to Drop)

Published on: 01/15/20 9:49 AM


Whether you’ve been a truck driver for 18 months or 18 years, you’ve probably picked up a few habits along the way. There’s even a good chance you’re stuck in your ways. Not that that’s a bad thing — after all, your routine may keep you from going crazy during those long road trips on empty highways, and help you get more jobs. But it’s 2020, the beginning of a new decade. Now’s the time to re-evaluate your habits and…


8 Mistakes for Rookie Truck Drivers to Avoid

Published on: 01/10/20 11:59 AM


“If you got it, a big truck brought it,” sings Jonathan Byrd in his homage to truck drivers. The romance of the open road is hard to deny when you put it in those terms. But first, truck drivers have to get into the swing of things. Many rookie drivers make critical mistakes in their first few days and months hauling over-the-road. Too many mistakes can set a rookie driver up for disaster. At the very least, they risk getting…


What Will Fleet Management Look Like in 2020?

Published on: 01/6/20 12:50 PM


A new decade is upon us. The year 2020 not only brings with it the start of another era but also changes in fleet management trends. What will it all look like in the coming year? The trends tell us that we have a lot to be excited about as we head into the future. Here’s what we expect to see in fleet management this year: 1. Ride-Sharing for Big Rigs? Not exactly, but picture this: Someone needs something shipped….


Overcoming Common Government Fleet Management Challenges

Published on: 12/30/19 9:52 AM


There are countless jokes about working in government. Most of them revolve around how nothing ever gets done because the government moves at the pace of a snail stuck in molasses. And once a decision is made, there’s no money to do anything! While we all know these jokes, government fleet managers are all too familiar with the reality of dealing with committees and politicians that bog down all the processes that come with the job. While every private fleet…


The Biggest Challenges Small Business Fleets Face

Published on: 12/20/19 1:38 PM


When you’re part of a small business, owning and operating a fleet of business vehicles can be especially tough. Not only do you have the same concerns as a corporate fleet manager, but you are also likely dealing with more responsibilities than just the fleet alone. “In a smaller fleet, the fleet manager has to wear quite a few more hats,” a fleet superintendent for the City of La Verne, CA named Dave Johnson told the Government Fleet website. “I…


What the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Mandate Means for Your Fleet

Published on: 11/26/19 1:39 PM


In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill was passed. This bill mandated the creation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to go into effect on January 6, 2020. The Clearinghouse was created to make sure CDL holders who have positive alcohol or drug tests, who have refused these tests, or who haven’t undergone return-to-duty rehab get registered in a national database. By being registered in the database,…


5 Strategies to Improve Your Commercial Fleet’s Sustainability

Published on: 11/18/19 4:25 PM


With extreme weather happening every day, there’s no doubt humans have had a profound effect on our environment. Making your fleet more sustainable can reduce that impact and send a positive message to your customers. One of the biggest contributors to environmental pollution comes from vehicle emissions. According to the EPA, 29% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 came from vehicles and transportation. This makes vehicle travel the biggest source of emissions overall. All vehicles emit worse pollutants…


Why Your Fleet Needs a Preventative Maintenance Program

Published on: 11/15/19 1:13 PM


No matter the season or what types of vehicles your fleet operate, it’s always important that you have a preventative maintenance program. This type of program ensures that your fleet is always in tip-top shape, and dramatically lessens the risk of sudden roadside emergencies. Preventative maintenance includes lubrication, vehicle inspections, cleaning, repair, testing, and more. Even if you have the perfect preventative maintenance program, however, issues can arise. That’s why it’s vital to have a commercial roadside assistance plan on…


Winter Is Coming. Is Your Fleet Ready?

Published on: 10/21/19 9:51 AM


No matter where your fleet will be operating this winter, it’s important to make sure your vehicles are prepped for the cold, wet weather that is promised to take over the country this year. According to the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, roadside failures rise by about 22% in the winter. For the most part, these failures were in exhaust and lighting systems. While it’s virtually impossible to completely eliminate fleet maintenance in the winter, you can take…


7 Areas Where You Can Cut Fleet Management Costs

Published on: 10/17/19 9:47 AM


Having a fleet of company vehicles puts significant resources at your employees’ disposal, but it also creates significant liabilities in the form of ongoing fleet management costs. Organizations that feel that fleet costs have gotten out from underneath them may be looking for opportunities to reduce those costs and save overall on their fleet’s total cost of ownership. As experts in fleet management, we have identified seven ways to reduce your ongoing fleet expenses, including tapping cost savings that can…