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7 Steps To Safety When Your Car Breaks Down

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 11, 2019 10:26:50 AM

The most important job of the Fleet Managers at Fleet 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 Fleet 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?  To answer this question, we would like to share the following list of  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 3:39:48 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 experts at Fleet 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

Industry Insiders: Lowest Maintenance-Cost Models

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 31, 2019 3:33:02 PM

At Fleet 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 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 10:03:57 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 Fleet 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 2:34:11 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 factor keeping us safe, and that 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

Top 5 Mean Cars from Greenercars

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Dec 10, 2015 11:26:59 AM

How can you sort through all of the information on hybrid and electric vehicles to figure out which you should avoid when purchasing for your fleet? Check out the leading online resource for everything you need to know about Green auto technology at greenercars.org. Here you'll find a website dedicated to providing research based product ratings and comparisons of all "mean” vehicles going back 15 years. So, what are the meanest cars on the market today?

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Topics: GreenTechnology

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

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 21, 2015 4:19:01 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

Takata Airbag Recall Update

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 19, 2015 4:56:29 PM

Is your car part of the recent Takata airbag recall ? If so, you should know that getting your airbag replaced may not take as long as first expected. We recently spoke with
a client who lives in upper Wisconsin who said she was able to get her airbag replaced last month! Usually, it takes time to produce and ship replacement parts throughout the country. Some experts initially stated that it could take up to two years to replace the faulty airbags on 34 million vehicles, but the good news it that replacement airbags seem to be available sooner than expected. If you have received a recall notice, it's important to call you local dealership and make arrangements to have your car's airbag(s) replaced. If you're not sure that your vehicle is part of the recall, you can check your Vehicle Identification Number on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website here.
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Topics: Recall Information

3 Important Safety Tips for a Roadside Emergency

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 7, 2015 9:52:18 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 10:33:00 AM

 When 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 4:35:00 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 10:00:00 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, Fleet 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 10:50:00 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, Fleet 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 10:32:50 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 10:57:00 AM

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 8, 2015 5:13:00 PM

 

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 11:38:00 AM

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; Fleet 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 4:08:00 PM

Outsourcing Fleet Management to a professional fleet management firm is a practical solution for reducing the cost of maintaining and repairing your company'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 2:15:00 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 2:59:00 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 Fleet 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 3:35:00 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 2:47:00 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 4:56:00 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 Fleet Services wish you many miles of safe and pleasant motoring . . .

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Topics: Maintenance Tips

Cut Fleet Costs With Managed Vehicle Maintenance

Posted by Jerry Condon on Mar 16, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Best Practices In Managing Your Vehicle Maintenance

Your Fleet vehicles require regular and cost-effective maintenance and repair.

We recommend this be achieved via a managed maintenance program.  We have as our strategic partner in managed maintenance a global and national leader in this process – Network, a division of LeasePlan.  One of Network/LeasePlan’s facilities is located in the Chicago area, and we recommend to the leadership of all prospective clients that they visit and tour it as part of their information gathering process.  Such a visit normally takes a morning or afternoon to complete.  Please consider such a trip.  At this service facility, you would learn more about the following best practices that are part of our managed maintenance program:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Fuel Management and your Vehicle Fleet

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jun 18, 2014 4:28:00 PM

 

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One of the most important aspects of proper fleet management is a strategic and well-organized fuel management plan.  Here at Fleet Services, we accomplish this for our clients through a system of fuel cards developed by a company called WEX Inc.

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Does Premium Gas Increase Your MPG or Fuel Economy?

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 21, 2014 2:15:00 PM

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Topics: Common Myths About Vehicle Maintenance

How Much is a Penny Worth to your Fleet?

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 4, 2014 12:23:00 PM

To the average person, a penny is only worth one cent. But, if your organization owns and operates 30, 100, or over 500 vehicles, one penny can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. How can this be so? It’s all in the math . . . let’s take a look:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

What happens if you don't change your oil?

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Apr 3, 2014 4:23:00 PM

Changing your oil is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep your car running cleaner, for longer. It is also probably the most procrastinated activity in vehicle maintenance. So, what happens to your car when you push it past the limit?  What happens if you don't change your oil?

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Topics: Maintenance Tips

Distractions and Driver Safety

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Mar 11, 2014 3:59:00 PM

We all know that distracted driving is one of the most difficult issues facing the driving public today.  This issue is particularly relevant for fleet managers as they have to wrestle with the liability risks involved, while maintaining a free and relaxed environment for employees. 

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Managing Maintenenace of Fleet Vehicles

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Dec 20, 2013 2:57:00 PM

Best Practices Surrounding Maintenance of Vehicles

Vehicles in fleets require regular and cost-effective maintenance and repair. We recommend this be achieved via a managed maintenance program.  We have as our strategic partner in managed maintenance a global and national leader in this process – Network, a division of LeasePlan.  One of Network/LeasePlan’s facilities is located in a Chicago suburb, and we recommend to executive leadership of all prospective clients that they visit and tour it as part of their information gathering process.  Such a visit/tour normally takes a morning or afternoon to complete.  Please consider such a trip.  At this service facility, you would learn more about the following best practices that are part of our managed maintenance program:

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