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7 Steps To Safety When Your Car Breaks Down

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 11, 2019 10:24:58 AM

The most important job of the Fleet Managers at Caritas Vehicle Services is to ensure the safety of  drivers. And although every manufacturer in the automotive industry now offers advanced safety features in their newer models, cars are still hi-tech machines that do occasionally experience mechanical failures. Fortunately, our Fleet Management program is supported through our affiliation with Network Inc., and everyone who drives a vehicle acquired through Caritas is enrolled in our Emergency Roadside Service (ERS) program, which works the same way as AAA.  So, what should you do you if your vehicle has a mechanical breakdown while you're driving on the highway?  Here are Seven Steps To Follow When Your Car Breaks Down On The Highway

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driving Suggestions

Driving Green Without A Hybrid Or Electric Vehicle

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 7, 2019 3:37:59 PM

There is a frightening bit of fiction growing around the grapevine of the auto industry, telling us that the only way to drive green is to buy a newer-model hybrid or electric vehicle. Luckily, debunking common myths happens to be a specialty of the fleet management team at Caritas Vehicle Services. In reality, there are a great many steps one may take to become a more eco-friendly driver.

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driving Suggestions, Driving Green

The Lowest Maintenance-Cost Models of 2018 and Now

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 31, 2019 3:34:11 PM

At Caritas Vehicle Services, we pride ourselves in staying ahead of the curve. This we do for our clients as well, by ensuring that you remain aware of the latest auto industry developments. Our newest blog series, Industry Insiders, will run every Friday, providing you with the knowledge needed to cut costs and make fleet management a less cumbersome task. 

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Fleet Considerations, Fleet Discounts

Tips For Staying Safe On Icy Roads

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 17, 2019 10:02:03 AM

We must begin by stating that this is NOT an article with tips on how to do donuts in the snow. It is, in fact, quite the opposite. At Caritas Vehicle Services, we strive to maintain a perfect record when it comes to driver safety. Such is the reason for many of our practices, including the toll-free 1-800 number that drivers can call at any time to speak with an ASE-certified technician. We also make sure our clients are insured and that regular maintenance checks are performed on each vehicle in a fleet. 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Winter Driving Safety

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 2, 2019 2:14:46 PM

I’ll never forget the trips my father and I used to take to the Rockies. We’d fly into Denver International Airport, hop into an SUV with snow tires fastened tight, and begin the often-treacherous journey up the winding mountain roads towards the ski villages. We experienced both calm driving conditions and also those with blizzards and roads of ice, always taking our time and putting safety before speed. I soon learned one important reason we were able to handle the extreme winter conditions and very steep terrain was my father’s dutiful habit of keeping up with our vehicle’s maintenance and making regular service visits.

However, keeping track of a vehicle’s service needs and preparing for the winter months can be a difficult--not to mention expensive--task without the right tools and knowledge. To make things easier for drivers everywhere, Caritas Vehicle Services has relationships with service providers in all 50 states, where clients receive discounts of up to 40% on vehicle maintenance and repairs. Caritas also provides 24/7/365 emergency roadside assistance and a toll-free 800 number where certified ASE technicians are ready at all times to answer your questions and to make specific recommendations for your vehicle’s maintenance needs.

For more information on winter driving safety, please click on the link below to read an excellent article published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In very simple, layman’s terms, it presents helpful information on preparing your vehicle for the snow and ice, highlighting the need to take preventive measures.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tips

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Takata Airbag Recall - Everything You Need To Know

Posted by Jody Johnson on Aug 24, 2016 11:41:12 AM

The Takata Airbag Recall is now the LARGEST safety recall in U.S. history!

 

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  Circled in red are metal fragments that can propel into vehicle occupants, causing injuries or deaths.

From an article at caranddriver.com, it states that in April, 2013, when Takata first went public with their admission of having defective airbag inflator devices, there were only six vehicle makes identified in the recall, now there are nearly two dozen.

To date, there are "approximately 34 million vehicles potentially affected in the United States, and another 7 million that have been recalled worldwide."

Also, there have been 10 (possibly 11) deaths as a result of Takata's defective inflator devices, and more than 100 injuries throughout the United States.

This is such a serious issue that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge."

To read more about the Takata airbag recall, including all of it's related updates from 11/7/2014 - 8/5/2016, just click on the link caranddriver.com.

 


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Topics: Takata Recall Information

10 Great Tips to Improve Gas Mileage & the Environment!!

Posted by Jody Johnson on Apr 25, 2016 11:27:07 AM

 

How you can improve your gas mileage, save money, and help protect the environment, all at the same time... 

 

 An article from the weNissan_Green.jpgbsite sheknows.com lists 10 great tips on how to achieve all three, in addition to making your daily driving experience a whole lot easier on you and the vehicle you drive.

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Topics: Driving Green

Meeting on Takata Airbag Recall set for 10-22-15

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 21, 2015 4:19:52 PM

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public information meeting about the ongoing Takata air bag recall on October 22nd at the Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Saving Sister Josetta - Fleet Management

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 7, 2015 2:51:00 PM

Sister Josetta set out on a long road trip from Springfield, IL all the way down to Texas, but on her way through Arkansas, the battery in her van failed.  A good samaritan helped her with a jump start, but the vehicle soon stopped running, and all of the check engine warning lights came on. This was not a good situation as Sr. Josetta was basically stranded in a town where she did not know anyone. This time she was stranded at a gas station. How was she going to get her car fixed so she could resume her trip?

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

3 Important Safety Tips for a Roadside Emergency

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 7, 2015 9:47:35 AM

Are you prepared for a roadside emergency? We often hear stories about emergencies on the news or from a friend, but we don’t expect to experience an emergency for ourselves. So, if you were driving down the road today and one of your tires blows out, will you be ready?  Here are three important safety tips to help keep you safe during a roadside emergency. 

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Chrysler Announces Major Recall of 11 Million Vehicles

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jul 31, 2015 10:01:00 AM

 Chrysler_RecallWhen a new car is sold, it's safe to drive, right? I know that cars go through rigorous testing and inspection before they can be sold, so I assume they're safe to drive unless I get into an accident. Unfortunately, this is not always the case due to car companies either deciding to cut corners or not strictly adhering to certain requirements during the production process. So, when something goes wrong 11 million new vehicles, what is a car company to do?

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Topics: Driver Safety

The Truth about Tires: 5 Myths Busted

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 29, 2015 4:38:12 PM

There are a lot of myths floating around about your car's tires, and It’s important to know the facts because tires are your car’s only connection to the road. If you break that connection you could lose contol of your vehicle and wind up with some costly repairs. The team here at Fleet Services has busted 5 common myths people believe about their tires.

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Topics: Driver Safety

New Advancements in the Takata Airbag Recall

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Jun 25, 2015 10:06:00 AM

This week's Takata Airbag Recall update focuses on new developments from the past week. As new information is released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the car manufacturers involved in the recall, CARITAS Vehicle Services will provide our readers timely updates. Click on "Read More" below, for this week's update about the Takata safety recall. 

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Topics: Recall Information, Driver Safety

This Week's Takata Airbag Recall Update

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Jun 16, 2015 10:52:00 AM

This week's Takata Airbag Recall update focuses on a number of new developments from the past week. As new information is released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the car manufacturers involved in the recall, CARITAS Vehicle Services will provide our readers timely updates. Click on "Read More" below, for this week's update about the Takata safety recall. 

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3 Simple Steps to Avoid Hazardous Windshield Glare

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 16, 2015 10:34:30 AM

More than 1,000 fatal auto and motorcycle accidents caused by windshield glare occur every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Whether it’s caused by the sun or from oncoming traffic, glare is one of the most common issues drivers face, but the good news is that it can be easily avoided. Here are 3 easy steps you can take to reduce the eye squinting or straining caused by windshield glare:

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Weekly Takata Airbag Recall Update

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Jun 12, 2015 12:31:00 PM

For this week's update on the Takata Airbag Recall, we are providing readers with a direct link to an excellent article published in Consumer Reports titled, "Everything You Need To Know About the Takata Airbag Recall."  This article provides a very detailed report that answers any question you may have about the defective airbags, and it provides specific actions that you should take if your vehicle is affected by the recall.  Read about it here. 

 

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Topics: Recall Information, Driver Safety

The facts about texting and driving . . .

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 9, 2015 9:10:00 AM

 

Most of us have heard about the dangers of texting and driving, but the actual statistics are much worse than I ever realized.  Recent studies at Virginia Tech show that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to get in an accident. While texting may be the leading cause of deaths in teen drivers there are many variations of distracted driving such as:

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Topics: Driver Safety

New Developments in the Takata Airbag Recall

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Jun 5, 2015 1:07:00 PM

 

In the two weeks since the Takata Airbag Recall story first broke, there have been many new developments. As the various car manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continue to work together to find an effective solution; CARITAS Vehicle Services will provide weekly updates to keep our readers informed. Click on "Read More" below, for this week's update about the Takata safety recall. 

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Topics: Recall Information, Driver Safety

Save on Vehicle Maintenance by Outsourcing Fleet Management

Posted by Sarah Huber on Jun 2, 2015 4:10:00 PM

Outsourcing Fleet Management to a professional fleet management firm is a practical solution for reducing the cost of maintaining and repairing your comapy's vehicles. At Fleet Services, we partner with a division of Leaseplan called Network to help our clients with vehicle maintenance, repairs, fuel management, and tracking vehicle maintenance history. All of these are factored into a vehicle's life-cycle cost 

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Takata Airbag Recall Update

Posted by Anthony Larsen on May 26, 2015 2:19:00 PM

Last week, we highlighted the breaking story of the Takata air bag recall and the plan being developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to begin the coordination and repair of the recalled vehicles with deflective airbags. For this week's update about the Takata safety recall, click on "Read More" below . . .

 

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Topics: Recall Information, Driver Safety

Largest Safety Recall in U.S. History! - Takata Airbag Recall

Posted by Anthony Larsen on May 22, 2015 3:35:00 PM

A breaking story about the largest safety recall of any consumer product in U.S. history is still unfolding, and automakers are scrambling to come up with an accurate assessment of just how many vehicles are currently being driven with defective airbags that are potentially life threatening. Here at CARITAS Vehicle Services, our clients' safety and peace-of-mind is our #1 priority, so we are going to closely monitor the Takata safety recall, and provide a weekly update as new information comes available. As automakers and government agencies prescribe recommended actions for drivers of vehicles that are included in the recall, we will pass this information along to our clients and visitors of our blog site, 

Earlier this week, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, began to coordinate the process for the Takata airbag recall. The recall is due to defective air bag inflators, which may injur drivers when air bags are deployed due to an impact. The number of U.S. vehicles included in the recall has risen to nearly 34 million, but the count continues, and it may take a couple more weeks before automakers have a complete list of the makes, models, and the model- years of all vehicles that have the defective air bags.

For more information on the recall read the full article from the Detroit Free Press here: http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2015/05/19/nhtsa-takata-expands-airbag-recall/27587143/ 

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Topics: Recall Information, Driver Safety

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Posted by Anthony Larsen on May 7, 2015 3:40:14 PM


The morning drive and traffic jams are a commuter's worst nightmare.  The stop and go traffic creates a number of problems, which include the wearing down of vehicle parts due to constant use, fuel and time consumption, and an increase in carbon emissions.  In the United States Environmental Protection Agency report from 2014, U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report: 1990-2013  states, "31% of total U.S. CO2 emissions and 26% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were the result of transportation."  Transportation emissions numbers will increase as society continues to depend on fossil fuels, unless we make the decision to change our ways.  Individual drivers and fleet managers should all consider ways to reduce our carbon footprint.  We've come up with 3 helpful tips to start today.

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety

What is "e-diesel?"

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 27, 2015 2:49:00 PM

The world's dependence on fossil fuels has had a negative impact on the Earth's environment for many decades.  Air pollution, oil spills, and drastic climate change are just some of the issues which result from our continued fossil fuel dependence. However, technological advances in alternative fuel sources are helping to lessen the need for fossil fuels and to improve the environment.  

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology

Spring has sprung . . . is your car ready for a road trip?

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 2, 2015 1:09:00 PM


 


 

Now that warmer weather is upon us, lots of folks are making plans to hit the open road!  Where will your travels take you? Across the Great Plains of the Midwest, through the mountains of Colorado, over rolling hills of the Northeast, or perhaps for a long drive along the Pacific Ocean?  To help make sure your car is up to the task, here is a list of the Top Five most important mechanical items to have checked before you embark on your journey. Wherever your travels may take you, your friends at CARITAS wish you many miles of safe and pleasant motoring . . .

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Topics: Maintenance Tips

When Does a Vehicle's Age Compromise Driver Safety?

Posted by Jerry Condon on Mar 10, 2015 10:57:00 AM


Professionally certified Fleet Managers who manage large vehicle fleets know that one of the most important reasons for cycling older vehicles out of their fleet is to maintain high standards of driver safety. This runs in contrast to many smaller organizations that tend to keep vehicles for seven years or longer in an effort to reduce cost. At what point does a vehicle's age truly compromise driver safety? Let's take a closer look at some newer advancements in vehicle safety technology...

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that "thanks to continuing innovation, today's vehicles are the safest in history."

If you compare a new car to a 2004 model you'll see a big difference in the number of available safety features, not the least of which is side impact airbags. Ten years ago side impact air bags were much less likely to be standard equipment. 

The NHTSA is the force behind mandating new safety requirements on vehicles and ensuring compliance from automakers. This is in the interest of making driving safer. One of the most recent safety innovations which is required on all vehicles manufactured as of the 2012 model year is electronic stability control (ESC).

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Topics: Driver Safety

10 Tips To Prepare For Winter Driving

Posted by Brad Forbush on Nov 14, 2014 6:22:00 PM


How To Winterize Your Car . . .

Ready or not it seems like Old-Man Winter has arrived early as the first blast of arctic air sent temperatures plummeting across the nation this week.  If you were caught a little off-guard and haven’t had a chance to winterize your vehicle for the cold weather, take a look at the following tips and schedule an appointment with a reputable service facility a.s.a.p. to enhance your car’s performance and safety during the cold weather months.

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Top Ten Summer Maintenance Tips

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 30, 2014 3:07:00 PM

 

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Topics: Maintenance Tips

Do you need to warm up your car in cold weather?

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 15, 2014 2:56:00 PM

 
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Topics: Common Myths About Vehicle Maintenance

How often should you change your oil?

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 14, 2014 3:17:00 PM

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Topics: Common Myths About Vehicle Maintenance

Reduce Your Vehicle Fleet's Carbon Emissions

Posted by Eliott Fitch on May 7, 2014 4:03:00 PM

The National Climate Assessment came out this May emphasizing the consequences of our continued dependence on carbon emissions.  Now, more than ever, consumers and businesses should be considering how best to reduce the carbon footprint of their fleet.  Below, we outline the top 3 ways you can make a positive personal impact on the enviornment.

 

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