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Our Mission Is To Serve: Meet The Captain!

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 7, 2019 11:40:43 AM

Every ship needs a captain. Ideally, the one chosen to be captain is the individual with the most experience and know-how. For example, at the helm of Caritas Vehicle Services is our fearless leader, Mr. Chris Hoar. As President & Owner of our organization, he has carved out a niche where we succeed and, more importantly, strives to interweave his Catholic faith with some of our business practices. In this Q&A, you will learn about Mr. Hoar's background and how he has succeeded in steering a small, Midwestern-based enterprise through the swells of keeping up with competition & the times. 

 

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Topics: Human Interest

When To Consider Hiring A Fleet Manager: Infographic

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 5, 2019 2:36:15 PM

The more vehicles a community or organization acquires for their fleet, the more difficult it becomes to keep track of the logistics and operate efficiently while ensuring that you're saving money at every possible corner. The Fleet Management Experts at Caritas Vehicle Services have over 100 years collective experience when it comes to handling the details of a large number of vehicles in a fleet. But how do you know if you should hire a firm to keep track of such details? Well, we can help you answer that question by asking a few questions of our own.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Cruising Down Memory Lane: Henry Ford

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 1, 2019 3:48:42 PM

Henry Ford, a most recognizable name that I remember from the final exam of my high school U.S. History class. The question was, inevitably, "Who invented the assembly line?" My instructor, a particularly clever individual who liked to play the role of trickster on occasion, had provided four possible answers. One of the names was Henry Ford, but it was not the correct answer.

Popular culture often associates Ford with the "invention" of the assembly line. In reality, the concept of breaking up large jobs up into smaller pieces to increase efficiency was invented by Ransom E Olds. Another titan of the auto industry, Old's Oldsmobile Curved Dash was the first mass-produced vehicle in American history, selling around 5,000 units in 1904 alone. However, mass production in the realm of vehicle production had not nearly reached its full potential until Henry Ford tried his hand at the assembly line method. Ford's results were extraordinary, and altered the course of American history forever. 

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Topics: Human Interest

Managing A Fleet: 3 Best Practices

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 27, 2019 12:11:36 PM

Whether your community has 30, 100 or 500 vehicles, how in the world do you track all the dollars spent to keep each vehicle properly maintained over its lifetime? When a driver takes their vehicle to a shop and is presented with a $1,000 estimate that includes a long list of items, how can the driver possibly know for certain if everything on the list is really necessary? Or, how can you find out which vehicles in your fleet cost the least to maintain and which ones cost the most?

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

6 Tips For Sharing The Road With Big Rigs

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 21, 2019 1:58:50 PM

Semi-truck drivers have one of the hardest jobs in the country. Barreling down the freeways of America with trailers up to 70-feet long that weigh up to 80,000 pounds (40 tons), they have to contend with extra blind spots, a 55-foot turning radius, and it takes 40% longer to stop an 18-wheeler than the average passenger car.

The drivers of these big rigs must go through rigorous training, along with strict licensing and background-checks.However, collision rates between smaller vehicles and large semi-trucks are high in America.

One reason for the number of accidents is due to the large number of semi-trucks on the road. At any given time, there are around 2 million semi's in operation throughout the fifty states. In the most congested corridors of our nation's highways, every fourth vehicle is a truck, and driving with them is a two-way street (literally and metaphorically). To trust in the responsibility of the semi's driver is important, as is knowing what you can do to stay safe around them. 

 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Fleet Managers...What Do They Do, Anyway?

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 14, 2019 3:03:20 PM

Fleet managers have a notorious affinity for hats. At Caritas Vehicle Services, our vehicle management specialists are constantly switching one hat out for another--the logistics expert "fedora", the industry insider "bowler cap", the asset manager "baseball cap", the business analyst "flat-brim", the driver safety guru "ten-gallon cowboy hat", the drivers' lifeline "beanie" & maintenance authority "pork pie hat". Needless to say, to manage this significant variety of head gear demands a plethora of experience and professional grace.

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Pocket Protectors: Using A Fuel Cost Calculator

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 8, 2019 3:42:50 PM

Fuel cost is one of the most cumbersome economic burdens that fleet managers face. Fluctuating prices, inefficient vehicle models and certain driving habits can all contribute to what becomes a hypothetical black hole of funds. To help alleviate some worry and allow for a more measurable method of fuel consumption, we have found an online Fuel Cost Calculator which measures the fuel cost of a trip by asking for the trip distance, fuel efficiency of your model vehicle, and gas/fuel price. 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Driving Suggestions

A Tale Of Divine Restoration

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 5, 2019 12:25:09 PM

Author Robert Swan wrote, "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." When Swan's words were written, the world was a much different place. More specifically, people still had library cards. Modernity, however, has brought us access to all of the information in the known world at the touch of a button. And while many ignored Al Gore's pleas throughout his film, "An Inconvenient Truth", it continues to become more difficult to remain oblivious about the state of our environmental climate. 

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Cruise Down Memory Lane: The Invention Of The Automobile

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 30, 2019 2:30:45 PM

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Friends In Solidarity; Making A Difference In South Sudan

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 28, 2019 2:55:54 PM

There is a reason that the core statement of Caritas Vehicle Services is "Our mission is to serve". We chose these words because we strive to the best of our ability to provide the same care to our clients that they provide to their local & global communities. We revere the Sisters to whom we provide vehicle management solutions, learning from their devotion to God and His creation just as we hope they are able learn from our automotive expertise. With pride in this reciprocal relationship, we know that our efforts as fleet management specialists help alleviate the administrative burden of vehicle management and allow our clients to remain focused on their own ministry and mission. 

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Topics: Human Interest

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