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How to Manage The Lifecycle Cost of Your Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 22, 2015 1:13:47 PM

Great Idea #5 - from RCRI Workshop

"Three Ways To Manage Lifecycle Cost"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not knowing how to calculate the Lifecycle Cost of a vehicle and how this information can help identify ways to reduce the operating cost of your fleet.  Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices to consider. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

When and How to replace old vehicles in your fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 16, 2015 5:27:03 PM

Great Idea #4 . . . one more to come!

"When is the right time to replace a vehicle?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is knowing when a vehicle should be replaced, and how to obtain the highest possible selling price. Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices that are easy to implement. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Reduce Fleet Costs with Measurement

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 8, 2015 3:39:05 PM

Great Idea #3 . . . two more to come!

"You can't manage what you don't measure"

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? During our RCRI workshop, we turned to one of our guest speakers, Mr.Geof Fowler, who is a VP with LeasePlan, the world's largest fleet management company that manages over 4 million vehicles globally. Geof commented that it all begins with having a system with the right tools and process in place to track and analyze information. He also highlighted three Best Practices . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Improve Safety for Aging Drivers

Posted by Jerry Condon on Nov 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

During the RCRI Conference in Orlando, CARITAS conducted a workshop focusing on the Top Five Challenges & Solutions for managing the transportation needs of Religious Communities. A panel of guest speakers presented Best Practices and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions  and decide which of the Best Practices should be implemented back home in their own communities. We received copies of everyone's Ideas into Action worksheets, we've summarized all of the ideas, and we are passing these along to assist in your planning efforts. 

Great Idea #2 . . . three more to come!

Address Aging Driver Issues Proactively

According to our national survey, one of the most difficult challenges facing communities today is managing issues around aging drivers. The list of issues includes making sure drivers are completing routine maintenance, and that all fender benders are being properly reported, but the toughest issue by far is knowing when is the right time for someone to stop driving due to physical or cognitive limitations, and what is the right way to communicate this sensitive message. Here are a few suggestions from the workshop:

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Topics: Driver Safety

Reduce Cost of Vehicles for Religious Communities

Posted by Brad Forbush on Nov 17, 2015 1:03:02 PM

During the RCRI Conference in Orlando, CARITAS conducted a workshop focusing on the Top Five Challenges & Solutions for managing the transportation needs of Religious Communities. A panel of guest speakers presented Best Practices and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions  and decide which of the Best Practices should be implemented back home in their own communities. We received copies of everyone's Ideas into Action worksheets, we've summarized all of the ideas, and we are passing these along to assist in your planning efforts. 

Have you started working on a Strategic Plan for managing your vehicle fleet in 2016? This is the first article in a five-part series that shares Great Ideas from the workshop. You can use these ideas to form your community's Strategic Fleet Plan for 2016 . . .now is a good time to plan improvements for next year. We hope this information is helpful!

Great Idea #1 . . . four more to come!

VOLUME FLEET DISCOUNTS

Auto manufacturers have different fleet incentives and VIP programs with pricing tiers that are based on the volume of vehicles to be purchased by a community in the coming model year. These volume discounts allow your community to acquire vehicles for thousands of dollars less than typical retail prices at car dealerships. Here are the basic steps to include in your plan that will ensure you'll receive the maximum fleet discounts:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Top 5 Habits for Greener Driving

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 12, 2015 4:26:58 PM

Sister Katherine wants to do more to help the environment. She’s done all she can within her own home, but she's determined to find ways to do more. She can’t afford to buy a new electric car, but wonders if there’s anything else she can do with the car she has to improve its fuel economy or reduce the output of carbon emissions. After spending considerable time searching the internet and reading articles, Sr. Katherine decided to follow these five suggestions to become a "Greener Driver" . . .

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Learn How To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 10, 2015 6:04:48 PM

If you happen to be a Michigan State fan, then you know "Go Green" is part of the school's battle cry, but for most folks, Go Green  has become a familiar reference to the effort made my an individual or an organization to minimize our society's pollution and carbon footprint. Initially, “going green” sounds like a herculean effort requiring significant changes to one's lifestyle, however this isn't always the case. Being planet-friendly can come from simple changes such as recycling and using natural light instead of electricity. For car owners, going green is becoming much easier. Car companies are developing planet-friendly technology that minimizes pollution caused by gas-powered vehicles. Knowing where to find up-to-date and accurate information about carbon vehicle emissions isn't easy. No worries, because we’ve found a great website that gives you access to a database of vehicles that are scored on a range from “greenest” to “meanest”.

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Drive Safe for July 4th Holiday Weekend!

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jul 2, 2015 3:28:00 PM

4 Safe Driving Tips for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend!

The Fourth of July weekend brings thoughts of hotdogs, fireworks, and family fun, but what people don’t think about are the dangers on the road that accompany it. The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its predictions for fatalities and injuries caused by auto accidents during this holiday weekend and the numbers are sobering. The NSC is projecting the highest number of major auto accidents during a 4th of July weekend since 2008 with an estimated 409 fatalities and 49,500 serious injuries. 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Driving While Drowsy

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 24, 2015 2:12:00 PM

What happens on that summer road trip after you run out of things to do? First, consider our 5 tips for enjoying your summer road trip, then consider what will happen when you get sleepy, because at some point you will get drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation notes, "1 out of 10 drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last year." Keep reading to learn more about how to stay safe on the road this summer.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Does Your Community Have A Safe Driving Program?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 19, 2015 4:26:00 PM

 

Here at CARITAS Vehicle Services driver safety is our number one priority, and we know it’s your top priority too. So, it’s important for your company to implement a safe driving program for all of your drivers. A safe driving program protects your drivers well being, and minimizes liability exposure for your entire community. Continue reading for our tips and links to help optimize your fleet safety program.

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

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