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…


How to Keep Your Fleet’s Drivers Happy

Published on: 08/19/19 3:43 PM


Many companies depend on their fleet drivers for critical business functions, yet they do not prioritize keeping their fleet drivers satisfied. Many do not even bother measuring driver satisfaction, giving them a lack of insight as to the scope or nature of any ongoing negative trends that could be going on. Satisfied drivers are more productive drivers. They also tend to stick with your company longer, saving you costs of onboarding, training, and recruiting. According to one study, replacing even…


How to Choose an Electronic Logging Device

Published on: 05/9/18 9:00 AM


If you are required to keep a log, pay close attention. By the end of the year, you will need to have an electronic logging device installed and working. All fleets and their drivers will be mandated to be in full compliance with the government’s new laws by December 19. Part of those laws require that drivers are using a compliant ELD. Before you run out and buy an ELD, you should know what they are required to do. A…


Why Self-Driving Truck Technology is the Future

Published on: 03/12/18 9:00 AM


Driving down the highway, you will pass at least one big rig. Semi trucks are the traditional method of freight transport in the United States, and we are used to sharing our roads with drivers who hold CDLs. Are you positive there was a driver in the last semi you saw? If you were in Arizona, there may not have been. The Future of Self-Driving Trucks Self-driving truck technology is the way of the future, and the future is here…


Be Sure to Keep Track of These Tax Deductions as a Truck Driver

Published on: 11/6/17 9:00 AM


It doesn’t matter what occupation you are in. You want to do everything you can throughout the year to ensure you get a bigger tax refund. If you are a truck driver, saving receipts is one of the best thing you can do for yourself. You can deduct things like meal and travel expenses, insurance costs and vehicle expenses. Read on to discover what you should be keeping track of.   1. Travel Expenses If you want to deduct travel…