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How an electric utility company rose from last-place to the top

Source: Utilimarc In a utility industry so focused on delivering results, it can often be difficult to see new ways to improve operations for itself. That is, unless you’re completely new to it and can see it from an outsider’s point of view. That was the approach John Adkisson, Manager of Transportation for PPL Electric Utilities, took. By not knowing what couldn’t be accomplished, there were no roadblocks to what could be achieved.

Fleet technician shortage could impact fleet industry within the next decade

Source: Fleetanswers The next decade is bringing quite a bit of change to the modern fleet management professional. Staying on top of these changes is essential to ensuring that the fleet can run effectively and efficiently.

For many fleet managers, the current focus on technology changes and government mandates has pushed attention to fleet tracking software and away from the people who keep the trucks and vehicles on the road. However, people are essential to run a fleet.

Autonomous cars? Push to automate may increase with human-error crashes

Source: FleetAnswers One of the concerns with making the jump to autonomous vehicles is the potential for error from cars driven without people. If someone hacks the car's computer or the computer system fails, will the car crash? The idea that humans have greater control over the vehicles than the computers makes people hesitant to make the switch.

Yet statistics show a different story.

Telematics survey found key problems to address

Source: FleetAnswers In a recent survey of fleet professionals who are currently using telematics systems, fleet managers indicated that the overall satisfaction with their investment in telematics was not as high as it should be.

Only 47% of those who responded to the survey indicated that they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their telematics service providers, and 28% of them reported feeling neutral about their service providers. This was after investing millions of dollars and working with some of the industry's top telematics service providers.

Telematics survey found key areas of satisfaction

Source: FleetAnswers For fleet managers, making the most out of the technology invested in is a critical component of running an effective and efficient fleet. A closer look at how fleet professionals use and benefit from their fleet telematics systems is one way in which fleet managers can improve their own implementation of these systems.

The dangers of distracted driving

Source: Coxwell One woman is driving down a quiet side street, applying her makeup, talking on speakerphone to her best friend, and simultaneously trying to eat her breakfast sandwich. A man is driving his children to school, but they are squabbling in the back and he keeps having to turn around to ask them to stop, to take a toy from them, and to make sure they’re okay in between sips of coffee. A third driver keeps changing the radio station and looking down to see if it’s her favourite channel yet so she can jam to her morning session.

Hill driving safety tips

Source: FleetAnswers When it comes to non-weather road hazards, hills are, perhaps, one of the more challenging risks. Hills create quite a number of dangers, including slipping hazards, decreased visibility and the surprise strain on your engine. With a large load, getting up a hill can also put extreme strain on the engine and demand more fuel than regular driving. Add slippery roads to the mix in rain, snow or ice, and the risk increases even more.

Technologies changing the trucking industry

Source: FleetAnswers Technology is constantly changing, and for those in the fleet management world, that technology is making their jobs easier. In the past decade, technology has become one of the most important tools of the modern fleet manager. Here's a closer look at the three technologies that are changing the trucking industry as we know it, and what can be expected in the future from them.

The Rise of Electric and Driverless Trucks

9 new innovations that are creating more fuel efficiency

Source: Muzi If you’re trying to improve your budget, protect the environment, or simply stop wasting so much money on gasoline, fuel efficiency is hugely important. With numerous innovations in automotive technology, vehicles are becoming more fuel-efficient and more affordable. Read More

Pickup trucks - fleet maintenance

Source: 51st State Autos Pickup trucks have always been popular in America, with their three top selling vehicles being pickups, and the Ford F150 being the most popular US car over the last 35 years. Now pickups are spreading beyond the US, and becoming popular globally. In part this is because of the utility of the cabs and comfort for fleet drivers.

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