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The Fleet Service Experts: Meet Our Captain!

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 7, 2019 11:45:18 AM

Every ship needs a captain. Ideally, the one chosen to be captain is the individual with the most experience and cleanest track record. For example, at the helm of Fleet Services is our fearless leader, Mr. Chris Hoar. He wouldn't make a great pirate, but as President & Owner of our organization, he has carved out a niche where we succeed. 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: Info-graphic

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 5, 2019 2:38:13 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 Fleet 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 4:11:13 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 12:12:49 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 2:00:25 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 are required to go through rigorous training, along with strict licensing and background-check procedures. 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's 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 3:17:33 PM

Fleet managers have a notorious affinity for hats. At Fleet 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 3:41:46 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

Learning In The Fast Lane: Advances In Telematics

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 30, 2019 12:57:11 PM

Before 1995, the dangers and logistics of driving a vehicle rested on the shoulders of those who gripped the wheel. We were largely on our own, spare some kids in the back pleading, "Are we there yet?", someone in the passenger seat trying to micro-manage your driving, and a sun-faded Atlas that was probably out-of-date.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Did You Know? Helpful Fleet Management Facts

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 14, 2019 2:19:31 PM

A good teacher can explain complex topics in ways that are clear and concise. And, as anyone who has managed a fleet knows, keeping track of all the tedious details that come along with vehicle ownership can be a daunting task. This is why the industry experts at LeasePlan have prepared a useful infographic that exhibits the basic tenets of fleet management in an organized and comprehensible format. Follow the link for highly advantageous tips, interesting facts and vital insider information!

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Outsourcing your fleet? Now, that's a good question . . .

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 11:21:27 AM

Making informed decisions often requires one to ask the right questions. If you are reading this, you are likely already asking yourself this important question: Would it make sense to outsource the management of my fleet?

Here’s the short answer: Enlisting a professional fleet management organization that has an advanced analytical toolkit, close relationships with each auto manufacturer and years of experience can reduce costs in a great many areas, while also allowing your organization to focus on your own core business. However, before deciding whether partnering with a professional fleet manager is the right move for your organization, there are a few more details to consider, and Fleet Services would like to smooth the decision-making process by asking a few questions of our own...

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

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