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CVSA 2021 INTERNATIONAL ROADCHECK STARTS MAY 4TH; GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL INSPECTION!

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer on 4/27/21 12:46 PM

On February 2, 2021, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced the date for this year’s International Road check. It is set to take place May 4th - May 6th Over the 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct inspections on commercial vehicles and drivers.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

Fleet Maintenance Tips – Is your tire maintenance up to par for the winter?

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer on 12/23/20 10:45 AM

We are all familiar with drivers that swear by their method of checking tire pressures, such as the wooden club or a small baseball bat and the penny for checking tread depths. But there is no better substitute for a tire pressure and tire depth gauge.

Insufficient tire inflation pressure during the wintertime will cause many headaches for drivers and dispatchers come springtime and as temperatures begin to rise.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

Driver Winter Safety Tips for Optimum Fleet Maintenance

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer on 12/4/20 10:45 AM

It is that time of year again - the temperature is dropping, the snow is falling, and a long winter is coming. Winter is a difficult season for those in the transportation industry, as hazardous road conditions create a dangerous driving environment for drivers. The winter months demand increased safety measures and supplemental equipment to keep rigs (and drivers) from expensive damage. Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty suspects that adverse weather can cost the transportation industry north of $3.5 billion each year.  

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

CVSA 2020 INTERNATIONAL ROADCHECK STARTS SEPT 9; GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL INSPECTION!

In March 2020, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced the postponement of International Roadcheck due to the coronavirus pandemic, with new dates to be determined. CVSA has now rescheduled International Roadcheck for Sept. 9-11.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

TRANSPORTATION TIPS: FLEETS' & DRIVERS' GUIDE FOR THE WINTER

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer on 11/12/19 12:07 PM

It is that time of year again - the temperature is dropping, the snow is falling, and a long winter is coming. Winter is a difficult season for those in the transportation industry, as hazardous road conditions create a dangerous driving environment for drivers. The winter months demand increased safety measures and supplemental equipment to keep rigs (and drivers) from expensive damage. Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty suspects that adverse weather can cost the transportation industry north of $3.5 billion each year.  

SO WHAT MEASURES CAN YOUR FLEET TAKE TO BEAT OLD MAN WINTER AND AVOID THESE EXPENSES?

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Topics: Fleet Safety

NPTC Driver Safety Letter June 2019

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 6/13/19 9:05 AM

stop. trains can't.

We all need to take greater care at highway-rail grade crossings. A highway-rail grade crossing is an intersection where a roadway crosses railroad tracks at the same level or grade. Such crossings may be encountered on both public and private roads. There are more than 250,000 such crossings in the U.S. Although the highway safety picture has improved considerably over the last decade, still too many people are killed and injured every year at grade crossings. Of all the highway-rail grade crossing incidents annually, around 500 involve trucks or tractor-trailers. This translates to an average of about 10 per week. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management, Truck Fleet Operations

CVSA 2019 International Roadcheck Starts June 4; Your Fleet Safety Checklist!

The annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Roadcheck will take place this year beginning June 4 – 6, 2019.  This is the 32nd year for this event, known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.  The organization has on record that that nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during this 72-hour period! Here is some helpful fleet safety information to start educating your drivers about this event and its importance in assuring safe commercial vehicle operations, along with information in regards to the roadside inspection program. 

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Topics: Fleet Safety

Saving The Planet – One Mile At A Time... Earth Day 2019

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 4/19/19 12:51 PM

Today, many companies are involved in Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to take responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of their daily operations.  For example, Dell initiated a 2020 Legacy of Good Plan that addresses community challenges by using their technical expertise where it can have an impact for people and the planet. Specifically, they are partnering with Camera Education to help train teachers in Ethiopia on how to provide computer knowledge to their classroom.

This example of a global initiative is great, but seldom in life can a company provide a product or service that contributes to all of humanity.  I feel fortunate to be associated with a company that does exactly that, and on this Earth Day I would like to express my appreciation for the forward-thinkers who recognize that the changes they are making not only save their companies money, but to also acknowledge them for doing the right thing for society and the planet. 

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Topics: Trucking Environmental Sustainability

Latest Fleet Advantage Survey Shows Vast Communications Challenges Between Truck Fleet Operations & Finance Departments

Posted by Katerina Jones - Sr. Director on 7/12/18 11:11 AM

Finance and Operations Not On The Same Page Regarding Focus Of Fleet Cost Management and Procurement

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management announced today its latest industry survey showing where there’s a significant lack of communication between fleet operations and finance departments within many organizations with a private fleet.

Where Is the Lack of Communication?

The online survey shows private fleet management personnel highlighting several obstacles when trying to communicate fleet operational needs with finance departments. Signifying this lack of communication, 37.5% of fleet executives cited the inability of their finance departments to clearly communicate the company’s financial metrics and goals to the operations department as the largest communications struggle. An additional 34.4% said finance doesn't understand the benefit of investing in newer equipment; and 31.3% said finance doesn't understand various operating costs associated with the fleet.

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Topics: Lease vs Buy, Fleet Management, Truck Fleet Operations

Latest Fleet Advantage Equipment Lease Vs Buy Study Showing Operating Cost Savings for Private Fleets and For-hire Carriers

Posted by Brian Holland, CTP on 7/12/18 11:10 AM

Significant Savings Realized When Leasing Compared to an Ownership Model Over the Same Period

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing and lifecycle cost management unveiled today new analysis that shows the operating and financial benefits of a truck lease vs. buy structure for private truck fleet operators, as well as for-hire carriers. The analysis illustrates a missed opportunity for cost savings when comparing a seven-year ownership of one truck to a four-year ownership and a four-year lease of two consecutive trucks.

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Topics: Lease vs Buy, Truck Fleet Analytics, Data Analytics, Fleet Management