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How To Navigate The 100 Deadliest Days Of Summer On The Road!

The "100 Deadliest Days'" of summer is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal crashes increase dramatically and heavy-duty truck drivers face additional challenges on the road with the arrival of summer. Longer daylight hours, increased outdoor activities, and a surge in construction projects demand heightened awareness and focus. As the number of motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and vacationers rises, it becomes vital for drivers to prioritize mental and visual acuity to ensure a safe journey.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Maintenance, Fleet Management

The Truth About Maintenance And Repair Costs: What Is Plaguing The Corporate Fleet Transportation Industry?

Posted by Wesley Hall, CTP on 3/10/23 11:00 AM
Fleet professionals are struggling with pinpointing ‘why’ and ‘where’ their costs are rising, important questions often asked by C-level executives.
The simple answer is that inflation is driving all prices up, extended life cycles are driving costs up, and the additional maintenance repairs due to those extended life cycles, component parts and fuel degradation–not to mention rising labor rates for drivers, mechanics and third-party providers are all expensive.
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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Maintenance, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization, Truck Fleet Operations

Latest Data Analysis Shows Truck Cost Savings Continue to Increase Year-Over-Year When Upgrading to Newer Models More Frequently

Posted by Brian Holland, CTP on 12/6/17 10:45 AM

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management made public today its 2017 Truck Lifecycle Data Index (TLDI) comparing all-in operating costs of early-model Class-8 trucks to 2018 model-year replacements. The TLDI shows significant cost savings when replacing older-model vehicles with 2018 MY trucks. According to Fleet Advantage’s ATLAAS (Advanced Truck Lifecycle Administrative Analytics Software), the TLDI shows that fleet operators can realize a first-year per-truck savings of $22,162 when upgrading from a 2012 sleeper model-year truck to a 2018 model, a 17% increase in savings compared with year-ago figures ($19,023) for 2017 model-year upgrades. 

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance, Truck Fleet Analytics, Data Analytics, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization

Diesel Fuel Winterization - Prevent Delays Due To Fuel Problems Without Compromising Your Fleet's MPG Performance

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer, CTP on 11/18/15 12:18 PM

For heavy duty truck fleets, the winter months are more than just that risky season when they have to be extra careful in driving. As fleets prepare for the harshest season for trucks, the question of MPG performance, disruptive breakdowns, fuel supply and how to effectively treat fuel that can be used in cold temperatures emerge. Download this whitepaper today to learn about winter’s effect on MPG and how to prevent delays due to winter fuel problems without compromising your MPG performance.

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance

The Difference Between Good and Great Fleet Preventive Maintenance

Posted by Matt Hendrix, CTP - Director of Fleet Services on 7/9/15 11:31 AM

The impact of a preventive maintenance inspection today compared to the same inspection 10 years ago is monumental.  Today, there are many components on the powertrain that are costly to replace; including Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Turbo, EGR coolers, etc.  These components can have catastrophic failures and affect other components downstream.  If an internal coolant leak in the engine occurs, it results in the coolant being burned through the exhaust.  This will have a definite impact on the DPF - causing it to have premature failure.  This is just one example of additional repair expenses that could have potentially been prevented with Great Preventive Maintenance (PM).  

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance

Where The Rubber Meets The Road… Fleet Maintenance Best Practices

Posted by Matt Hendrix, CTP - Director of Fleet Services on 6/10/15 12:38 PM

Proper tire inflation is one of the most important items when it comes to fleet maintenance.  On a daily basis, tires lose pressure even when there is not a parasitic loss. Studies show that on average, tires lose one pound of pressure per month.  Gone unchecked, this can result in serious monetary loss to the company and loss of time to the driver. 

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Topics: Fleet Maintenance