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7 Steps to Check Oil

A vehicle's engine is at risk for failure when the oil is low or dirty. This video demonstrates how to check the oil. Video courtesy of Allstate. For more maintenance advice, click here.

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How to Maintain Your Tires

John Nielsen of AAA offers advice on tire maintenance. Video courtesy of AAA. For more tire safety tips, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, click here.

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How to Check Coolant

This video explains how to make sure your vehicle's coolant can withstand the winter temperatures it may encounter. Video courtesy of Advance Auto Parts. For the full safety tip about cooling system maintenance, click here.

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Summer Driving Advice

This video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers tips on summertime driving. For the full fleet safety tip, click here.

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The Importance of Checking Tire Pressure Regularly

This video from America's Tire explains how to check tire pressure and how beneficial such maintenance is. For the full fleet safety tip, click here.

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Potholes Wreak Havoc for Drivers Across America

Spring is almost here -- and that means the arrival of pothole season. Here is a CBS News report on the high toll that potholes bring each year across the nation. For the full fleet safety tip, click here.

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TireWise: Life of a Tire

This video, produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, explains what steps drivers can take to ensure their tires are properly maintained. Regular tire maintenance is essential for both vehicle safety and fuel efficiency.

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Understanding Wheel Misalignment

This video, produced by Hunter Engineering Co. in the U.K., explains the causes and impact of wheel misalignment. For the full safety tip, click here.

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How to Replace Wiper Blades

Vehicle wiper blades can take a beating, dealing with rain, snow, dust, mud, leaves, disgusting bug guts, etc. To ensure they stay effective in keeping the windshield clean, you should replace wiper blades two or three times a year -- at least that's what most automakers recommend. Here's a step-by-step explanation of how to change wiper blades, provided by Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of Automotive Enterprise Studies.

For the full safety tip, click here.

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How Car Brakes Work

This video, produced by ACDelco, offers a simple explanation of how disc brakes work. For the fleet safety tip on recognizing signs of brake trouble, click here

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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.
How Auto Parts Can Be A Fleet's Next Cost Savings Center
Fleets are under ever-increasing pressure to cut costs. A fleet parts provider can help turn maintenance from an expense to a cost savings center by saving fleets up to 35% and sometimes more on OEM parts.
The Impact of Mobile on Fleet
Five ways you should be using mobile technology to improve your fleet.
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.

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