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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.

ELD mandate bill hits house, may cause delays

Source: FleetAnswers The ELD Mandate deadline is looming, with December 2017 just around the corner, but a bill has been filed with the U.S. House that may cause a delay. For fleets that are scrambling to become complaint, this shift in focus is interesting. While it's too early to tell if the bill has enough backing to pass, it's worth looking at what it contains as the ELD deadline nears.

Where the Bill Stands

2017 Telematics Industry Insights Survey

An increasing number of companies are utilizing telematics solutions in their fleet operations. Understanding the ways that fleet professionals use this technology is important to improve the experiences of fleet managers who use them. If you are a telematics user, we would like to hear your experiences.

By completing this survey, you will be eligible to receive an electronic copy of the results. Results from this survey will allow you and your organization to:

Helping drivers adapt to electronic logging devices

Source: FleetAnswers Electronic logging devices, or ELDs, are not something your fleet can continue to ignore. At some point in the coming years, the law is going to require you to make the switch from paper logs to electronic. While you may have already embraced the benefits and recognized the inevitability of this switch, your drivers, especially those who have been driving for years or even decades, may struggle. Here are some tips to make the transition easier on your most valuable asset - your drivers.

Making the transition to ELD

Source: FleetAnswers Whether you've already had your deadline and are fumbling with adapting to ELD technology, or you are still waiting for your deadline to arrive, you may find yourself wishing for some help to make this transition just a little bit smoother. Here are some tips that will help you quickly transition to this new required technology.

The end of 2G networks for fleet tracking

Source: FleetAnswers For fleets that were using 2G network, this year marked a change that required them to take action. Here's a rundown on what those changes have meant for the fleet industry, and a look at the future of fleet tracking in light of these changes.

Why waiting to implement ELD technology is a bad idea

Source: FleetAnswers By now, anyone in the fleet industry has already come to terms with the ELD mandate. Since 2016, carriers have had various deadlines to meet in order to remain compliant.

These deadlines extend all the way to December 16, 2019, when the third and final phase will require all carriers to be using certified, registered ELD device on their vehicles. If you are not due to make the change for a while, there are a number of reasons you may want to consider it now.

1. No Scramble to Become Compliant

Who's searching for electric cars? Take a look at the trends

Source: SaveOnEnergy Innovation in the automotive world combined with growing environmental awareness have thrust all-electric vehicles more into the mainstream. Consumer acceptance, government support and the billions of dollars invested by auto manufacturers have been a boon to the industry. Electric cars are no longer just for the environmentally minded, they now actually make financial sense. Read more.

Strategies for preventing fleet accidents

Source: FleetAnswers Fleet accidents are costly. It leads to a loss of fleet productivity and negatively impacts the company’s bottom line. Drivers may have to be hospitalized. The company may be held liable for damages and injuries. Vehicles involved in the accident have to be replaced or repaired. The perceived lack of safety culture is bad for morale, especially if drivers do not feel valued.

5 Metrics you need to measure to optimize efficiency

Source: FleetAnswers How efficient is your fleet? Do you have tangible measurements you can turn to to determine if you are maximizing efficiency?

Metrics help fleet managers know how well their fleets are performing, both internally and externally, and what changes they can make to improve efficiency across various fields. If you are not already using metrics to track your fleet's efficiency, here are five metrics you should start measuring today.

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