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One of Bailey's trucks has become a popular photo-op for Denver Broncos fans. Decorated with the Broncos colors and logo, this Kenworth truck delivers the team's equipment.

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Fleet Chooses Full-Service Leasing Option

This delivery service fleet opted for full-service leasing to maintain its trucks and reduce the stress of unexpected repairs.

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Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Decrease 4 Percent

Overall, passenger car maintenance costs per unit, per month decreased 4 percent in 2013 with the average cost per mile decreasing 2 percent from 2012. These costs include unscheduled repair services, preventive maintenance (PM), tires, and replacement rentals.

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Tire Safety Myths and Tips

Whether it's the middle of a historic winter blizzard or a scorching, sticky summer day, properly maintained tires keep vehicles on the road and running safely. In addition to the high number of tips out there to help keep the rubber on the road, there are also some myths that can get drivers in a heap of trouble if they are blindly followed.

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Strategies to Increase Driver Productivity

Fleet managers are tasked with constantly watching their fleet's bottom line, while also ensuring vehicles are operating efficiently and available to accomplish the mission of any particular fleet.

Illustration by Armie Bautista.

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Preventive Maintenance Then & Now: What's Different?

There are many building blocks in the edifice of successful fleet management. From vehicle selection to assignment, and from replacement cycles to policy, everything has its place. One of the basic foundations of any fleet operation is the preventive maintenance schedule.

Illustration by Armie Bautista.

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Fleet Operating Costs Remain Flat In 2013

Operating costs for fuel, replacement tires, maintenance/repairs, and preventive maintenance (PM) oil drains were flat in the 12 months ending August 2013 compared to the prior 12 months.

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Annual Accident Management Survey

With accident costs rising slightly over 2012 figures, fleet managers are utilizing more safety technology and instituting driver eduction programs to help increase driver safety and mitigate rising costs.

The most common causes of downtime are related to either mechanical problems, such as engine or transmission problems, or accidents. In other words, specific events. Mechanical breakdowns are far less common today than they were 20 years ago, but, unfortunately, still occur and result in downtime. Accidents create an entirely different set of costs, which can possibly be far greater than just the repairs to the vehicle.

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The Cost of Downtime: Keeping Drivers On the Road

Whether it’s a mechanical problem or an accident, a fleet will inevitably incur downtime. Even when using strong management programs, there is a cost when drivers aren’t driving.

Fuel prices, cost reduction pressure, flat maintenance costs, and continued emphasis on sustainability are all major parts of the "puzzle" that makes up today's commercial fleet industry.

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State of the Commercial Fleet Market in 2013

The most recent run-up in fuel prices and its ongoing price volatility is the top challenge facing fleet managers. Other ongoing issues are cost-control, sustainability, and minimizing liability exposure, such as distracted driving.

Passenger car maintenance fees are expected to rise slightly in 2013.

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Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Increase 7 Percent in 2012-CY

Although costs have increased, many fleets continued to cycle vehicles early to take advantage of still favorable resale market conditions. This strategy has reduced average vehicle age and helped minimize maintenance expenses.

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Change Your Filter, Green Your Fleet
Choosing the right oil filter enables you to make a green statement and cut maintenance expenses.
How the Right Diesel Fuel Additives Can Save Your Fleet Money
Diesel fuel additives are among the most powerful and cost-effective tools a fleet manager can use to keep their fleet up and running. Not every additive does the same thing—specialized formulas can help clean fuel systems, prevent gelling, or keep the fuel flowing in the coldest temperatures. Some OEMs recommend that additives be used to keep trucks operating at peak efficiency.
Is Your Oil Filter Short Changing Your Engine's Protection?
Fleets have a choice when it comes to oil filter technology. Conventional filters are less expensive, but have several fundamental flaws, while reusable filters use better methods and materials to ensure that oil lubricates the engine effectively and efficiently and, potentially, reduce long-term cost.
The Impact of Mobile on Fleet
Five ways you should be using mobile technology to improve your fleet.
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