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AF Readers Sound Off on Vehicle Abuse

AF Readers Sound Off on Vehicle Abuse

Vehicle abuse is an avoidable fleet cost. The overt and hidden aggregate cost of abuse and neglect across an entire fleet is significant. Here's advice from Automotive Fleet readers on the cost of fleet vehicle abuse and the actions you can take to thwart it.

June 2, 2021

The Negative Consequences of Personal Use

The Negative Consequences of Personal Use

There are a number of “hidden” costs to offering employees the personal use of a company vehicles. It negatively impacts the resale value of a vehicles. On average, personal use accounts for 15-18% of the overall miles accumulated during a vehicle’s service life. This blog will explore the various other hidden costs of providing personal use.

April 29, 2021

Asset & Driver Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

Asset & Driver Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

In addition to selecting fuel-efficient assets, another way to control fuel spend is to modify driving behavior, a key variability in fuel economy. The difference between the most and least efficient drivers is a 30% difference in fuel consumption.

March 29, 2021

Fleet Safety Trends Influencing Fleets in 2021: Part Three
The Evolving Challenges in Fleet Safety Management

The Evolving Challenges in Fleet Safety Management

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing fleet safety protocols as revealed in my recent survey of commercial fleet managers that identified the top safety challenges currently facing their fleets.

July 20, 2020

Fleet Policy is a Living Document

Fleet Policy is a Living Document

Each fleet has a DNA of sorts, which is comprised of the procedures and regulations that are codified in its corporate fleet policy. It is these policies that determine the type of fleet that is operated and its characteristics.

May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Reveals Fleet Policy Inadequacies that Need to be Rectified
Fleet Manager Leadership Defines Fleet Operations Culture
Changing Fleet Driver Behavior to Create a Corporate Safety Culture
Harness the Power of Driver Engagement

Harness the Power of Driver Engagement

If you are not actively engaging your drivers to help meet fleet objectives, you are managing the fleet with one hand tied behind your back. Most fleet programs focus on managing the asset versus managing the driver.

December 23, 2019

Fleet Complacency Is the Prelude to Fleet Stagnation

Fleet Complacency Is the Prelude to Fleet Stagnation

A great fleet manager constantly conceptualizes new initiatives, is creative in problem-solving, motivates staff and suppliers to excel, and is willing to experiment by implementing new technology-based fleet solutions.

August 23, 2019

Impounding a Fleet Vehicle as  Physical Evidence in a Criminal Investigation
How to Avoid Stagnating as a Fleet Manager

How to Avoid Stagnating as a Fleet Manager

Running a well-managed fleet is a complex task that requires supervision by someone with deep subject-matter expertise. As a result, a fleet manager’s capabilities and expertise can be easily overlooked by executive management not versed in the intricacies of fleet management.

April 23, 2019

Estimated 5-10% of Fleet Dollars Wasted Annually

Estimated 5-10% of Fleet Dollars Wasted Annually

While there never seems to be enough money to go around, one of the less talked about aspects of fleet management is the amount of budget dollars that are wasted every year.

January 28, 2019

Entitlement Mentality Leads to Vehicle Abuse

Entitlement Mentality Leads to Vehicle Abuse

Many times employees who have an “entitlement mentality” do not have a sense of responsibility to take care of the company asset as if it was their own. This impacts fleet costs. A company vehicle in poor condition because of driver abuse or neglect will result in lost resale value or incur unnecessary reconditioning expense at auction.

December 13, 2018

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