How You Can Help Essential Workers

Published on: 03/27/20 12:11 PM

Whether you are a commercial fleet driver who is delivering food, goods, and healthcare items to those that need it or you are working remotely and attempting to teach your child that “new math”, we all are getting used to a life that seems like the new normal. If you are feeling like you want to contribute to flattening the curve, but you don’t know where to start, here are a few top stories and examples that are currently helping the essential workers.   Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)  The Senate unanimously…

What Fleet Managers Need to Know During This Coronavirus Outbreak

Published on: 03/17/20 12:07 PM

As numbers continue to rise for coronavirus cases in the united states, the trucking industry is prepping for continued stagnation. Many experts are having trouble making predictions on the future considering the unknown variables. Here are some interesting updates and trending news stories that should be your focus as a fleet manager these next few months.  What is causing the Decline in Shipping?  In 2018 the freight market was flourishing. 7.8 million jobs were trucking-related (3.5 million of which were drivers), and profits were up almost 100 billion by the end of the 4th quarter. This led to predictions of future market growth to come into…

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…