How The Coronavirus is Effecting Your Fleet

Published on: 03/11/20 12:38 PM

The economic downturn for the past few months has a lot of people on the edge of their seats, especially in the fleet industry, but how is this economic decline from coronavirus effecting your fleet? The COVID-19 scare may create a snowball effect, leading to incoming shipment decline for ports, fuel price fluctuations, and an overall decrease in carrier jobs country wide.   Decline in Port Shipments  Currently, the ports feeling the most decline are mainly the west coast cities like Los Angeles, Long Beach and Seattle, who have seen a dip in containerized cargo by 9% in February when compared…

10 Tips to Protect Your Employees From Coronavirus

Published on: 03/5/20 2:34 PM

  Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory infection that spreads much like influenza. It is mainly a problem for countries like China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy but there have been some recent cases in the United States that has everyone rushing to the store to buy all the water and toilet paper.   So what should you do to take preventative measures since your fleet travels all over the country? Make a copy of the following list and put it on display in the…

How Do I Get Free Roadside Assistance?

Published on: 02/27/20 1:46 PM

Is it even possible to get free roadside assistance for your vehicles? In short yes, it is.   In a perfect world our cars and trucks would never have problems, never get a flat tire, and never leave us stranded in the middle of nowhere waiting for a tow truck, but this isn’t a perfect world and now you are stuck. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a way to receive free roadside assistance?  Now you can, with Encore Affinity program.   Here is how the process…

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…