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Inflation Continues to Rise – What Does This Mean for Corporate Fleets With Heavy-Duty Trucks?

Posted by Marc Gingold, CLFP on 6/20/22 2:02 PM

On June 15, 2022, the Federal Reserve made its third hike to the federal funds rate, increasing the rate to a range between 1.5% and 1.75% (75 bps).

Overall market conditions continue to show rising inflation and energy costs and deteriorating consumer confidence. The war in Ukraine continues unabated, which is causing energy and food shortages. Additionally, China still has COVID-19 lockdowns in place that continue to impact Supply Chain operations all over the world.

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Topics: Fleet Management

Fleet Maintenance Tips: Have you Reviewed your Tire Program Lately? part two of NATIONAL TIRE SAFETY WEEK (JUNE 27 – JULY 3RD)

Posted by Wesley Hall, CTP on 6/16/22 3:21 PM

Have you reviewed your Tire Program, lately? In part two of this Blog Series we provide best practices that can be applied to help keep your tire maintenance cost down and your drivers safe! 

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) consumer awareness campaign is fast approaching. National Tire Safety Week, on June 27 – July 3, 2022 is the annual initiative aimed to spread awareness of the importance of proper tire care and maintenance.

We previously reviewed how tire cost is the second-highest expense within a fleet’s maintenance program.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

Fleet Maintenance Tips: Have you Reviewed your Tire Program Lately? Part one of NATIONAL TIRE SAFETY WEEK (JUNE 27 – JULY 3RD)

Posted by Wesley Hall, CTP on 6/16/22 3:21 PM

Have you reviewed your Tire Program, lately? In this two part Blog Series we will provide tips on how to properly maintain your tires to ensure your drivers are safe!

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) will be promoting its yearly consumer awareness campaign, National Tire Safety Week, on June 27 – July 3, 2022. This annual initiative aims to spread awareness of the importance of proper tire care and maintenance.

Did you know that tire cost is the second-highest expense within a fleet’s maintenance program?

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

CVSA 2022 INTERNATIONAL ROADCHECK STARTS MAY 17TH; YOUR GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL INSPECTION!

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer, CTP on 5/12/22 12:38 PM

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety elements. This event is known to be the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles globally. In 2021, more than 40,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections were conducted and in total, inspectors had to remove 6,710 commercial motor vehicles and 2,080 drivers from roadways. Each year International Road check places a special emphasis on a category of violations. This yearthe focus will be on wheels ends. Historically, violations involving wheel end components account for about one-quarter of all violations discovered.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 in Transportation

Building a positive fleet safety and health culture in the transportation industry
More transportation fleets are paying attention to their trucks' safety obsolescence in addition to their economic obsolescence, meaning safety has become a larger reason to upgrade to newer truck technology.
 
In 2016, Tracy Morgan, a NYC comedian, had an accident with a tractor-trailer with a well-known public company that concluded in a settlement in excess of $100MM.  Additionally, heavy-duty truck fatalities have reached an all-time high over the past ten years, with judgments and settlements reaching $20 - $200 million. Statistics show that new safety features reduce collisions by 22% and improve government published safety records.  Following that unfortunate event, we began a robust investment and research initiative, including the acquisition and testing of the latest state-of-the-art safety technology. 
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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management, Truck Fleet Operations

Earth Day 2022 #InvestInOurPlanet in Transportation and ESG

Posted by Elizabeth Gomez - Marketing Manager on 4/22/22 10:32 AM
How is your company and fleet affecting the environment and how can you help!
It is estimated that over a billion people participate in  Earth Day  every year, making it the largest secular observance in the world. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It sparked an environmental movement that led to the creation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later that year. Earth Day was also influential in passing environmental legislation like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Education Act, and more. 
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Topics: Trucking Environmental Sustainability, Fleet Safety, Truck Fleet Analytics, Fleet Management, Fleet Optimization, GHG, Fuel Economy

Transportations Tips: How to Protect your Drivers this Winter

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer, CTP on 12/20/21 5:19 PM

Winter weather brings so many challenges, especially to those in the transportation industry.
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.  
 for your fleet’s tractors, and keeping your equipment safe is also important – as we outlined in a previous blog.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management, Truck Fleet Operations

TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS: PROPER PLACEMENT OF WARNING DEVICES (TRIANGLES)

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer, CTP on 7/20/21 9:20 AM

Proper placement of Warning Devices such as triangles when stopped or out of service on the side of the road is imperative to keeping you and other motorists safe. When placed correctly, Warning Devices can help save you and others from danger and or life-threatening injuries.

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Topics: Fleet Safety, Fleet Management

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

Posted by Matthew Wiedmeyer, CTP 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, CTP 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