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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

12th Annual Green Vehicles Workshop & Showcase Highlights

Posted by Sarah Huber on May 1, 2015 3:51:00 PM

 


 Vehicle technology is constantly evolving.  Alternative fuel sources, such as hybrid, diesel/ bio diesel, as well as electric powered, are becoming more cost effective for today's everyday commuter and for fleets of varying sizes.  These advances allow for reduced environmental impact.

 

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology

You might need a fleet manager if…?

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 17, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Many people have heard of comedian Jeff Foxworthy and his famous line, "You might be a redneck" where he explains certain reasons why people might consider themselves a "redneck." In that spirit, I would like to put my own spin on the saying and provide some helpful and humorous guidelines to see if in fact, You might need a fleet manager…?

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

2015 Vehicle Ordering Cut-Off Dates Fast Approaching

Posted by Doug Reading on Mar 19, 2015 3:24:00 PM

How many miles will your fleet vehicles have by September 2015?

We are rapidly approaching the auto industry's season of "Build-Out" when auto manufacturers will stop taking orders for 2015 model year vehicles, so they can complete orders by sometime in July and start building the 2016 models. Our clients generally replace vehicles based on mileage parameters, so this is a good time to determine which vehicles you want to replace before July, and which can wait until sometime in September or October when the 2016 models start hitting the ground.

 

Take a look at the schedule of cut-off dates . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

2015 Milwaukee Auto Show Impressions

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 3, 2015 11:08:00 AM

There is nothing like auto show season, when dealers roll out their best wares to oohs and ahs from the car-buying public. Many attend to get a better look at cars they are thinking about buying in the near future, others come to see exotic automobiles that they would otherwise never get to see up close, and some come just to enjoy a day out with their family around some of the greatest machines man has ever built. Regardless of why you go, there is something special about an auto show.

 

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Fleet Management: Differences Between CVT and Automatic Transmissions

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Feb 24, 2015 12:04:00 PM


These days when you're considering a new vehicle to add to your fleet, you're more than likely to have the option of selecting a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a particular model.

Auto manufacturers are increasingly offering CVTs on their vehicles because of the increased fuel economy such a transmission can offer.

What 's the difference between a conventional automatic transmission and a CVT?

A typical automatic transmission works using a combination of small gears and larger gears that either hold or spin to obtain certain gear ratios to effect forward or backward movement; typically four forward gears and one reverse.

One type of CVT being increasingly implemented by auto manufacturers uses a belt-driven, two pulley system. The belt rides in between two cone shaped pulleys. The "gear" that the transmission is in depends on the where the belt is riding on the grade of the cone. It allows for infinite "gears" because of the infinite places the belt can ride on the cone of the pulley. Brilliantly simple and complicated so here's where you can learn more if you would like.

What's most important to know about CVTs? 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How Much Do You Like Driving Your Car?

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Feb 9, 2015 2:26:00 PM

A train hauling ethanol crashed and derailed on a steep bank alongside the Missisippi River in Eastern Iowa on Wednesday, 02-04-15. An unknown amount of ethanol has reached the river which is part of the Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Ethanol, a biofuel derived from corn, poses a threat to fish and mussles according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Read the full story here.

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Topics: GreenTechnology

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