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The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 4:42:34 PM

The following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries, and beginning to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

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Topics: Driving Green

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:00:04 PM

Are you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

Create your Fleet Plan for 2016

Posted by Jerry Condon on Nov 12, 2015 2:07:00 PM

Have you started working on a Strategic Plan for managing your fleet in 2016?  To assist you in this effort, our team of Fleet Specialists is providing a road map of the core elements for your Strategic Fleet Plan. Today, we're covering the first of seven elements that are essential to a solid Fleet Plan:

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 in the coming model year. Here are the basic steps to include in your plan that will ensure you'll receive the maximum fleet discounts:

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Go Green with GreenerCar.org

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 10, 2015 6:08:20 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

Outsourcing Fleet Management?

Posted by Brad Forbush & Jerry Condon on Jul 1, 2015 3:17:00 PM

That which you focus on generally improves, so let's test your focus:

Raise your hand if you know how your vehicle lifecycle cost is trending?

Keep your hand up if you know how many of your vehicles are past their Optimum Replacement Cycle?

Okay, last question . . . how many of you are actually doing what your father told you, Never pay retail!

Any hands still up? That's what I thought, but that's okay because we know people who only focus on their clients vehicles, and I'd like to share the Top Three Reasons to consider outsourcing fleet management to a professional . . .

 

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

Driving While Drowsy

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 24, 2015 2:11:00 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

The Importance of Creating a Safe Driving Program

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 19, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Here at Fleet 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 create a safe driving program for your fleet. A safe driving program protects your employees as well as avoids any additional costs. Continue reading for our tips and links to help optimize your fleet safety program.

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

5 Tips for Enjoying Your Summer Road Trip

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 11, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Summer is our chance to go on vacation and visit friends, family, and various travel destinations. Vacations come with travel and sometimes the best way to travel is by driving, so keeping those drives interesting is important. Here are a few tips that can help make your road trip more enjoyable . . .

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Outsource Fleet Management?

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 22, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Today's business climate is hyper-competitive and companies are under increasing pressure to cut costs and to find new ways to sustain growth. Whether a small business or a major corporation, the companies that are thriving are those that have shed products and business functions that are not a core part of its brand and operation.

Fleet Management is our core business, and we serve companies that must use vehicles to manage day-to-day operations, but they don't want to absorb the high cost of staffing and operating an in-house Fleet Department. The decision to outsource typically occurs for one or all of the following reasons . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

GE Fleet Up For Sale . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 7, 2015 9:33:00 AM

Automotive Fleet reported that General Electric recently annouced plans to sell its Fleet Management business unit by 2018 in a move to shed its non-core businesses. This continues a recent flurry of buy-sell activity among the top four Fleet Management companies in the U.S. Click on the link below to read the full story . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

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