First in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, DMV license and title process causing fleets pain, and an IIHS study linking higher crash rates with the decriminalization and recreational use of marijuana are the focus of this State of the Fleet Industry episode.
June 21, 2021
Hear Automotive Fleet Editor, Mike Antich, discuss how the fleet industry's recovery is slower than anticipated by analyzing fleet data including miles driven, trips taken, and miles per day.
June 7, 2021
This is the final installment in a three part series that details the top trends currently impacting most commercial fleets.
March 25, 2021
Fleet managers are continually examining a wide range of initiatives to reduce the frequency of accidents, which run the gamut from vehicle selection to implementing advanced driver-assistance safety technology to innovative driver training programs.
March 24, 2021
The pandemic has opened Pandora’s box on working from home – both good and bad. While it has yet to be determined whether this is long-term or short-term trend, it will impact fleet operations.
February 10, 2021
The largest fleet expense is vehicle depreciation, so managing it is critical to operating a well-run fleet. Remarketing is core to fleet management. In many ways, fleets are very much the “factories” that manufacture used vehicles.
November 23, 2020
Preventive maintenance (PM) expenses in CY-2020 were lower compared to 2019, primarily due to the pandemic-induced economic shutdown resulting in fewer miles driven as many fleet vehicles were idled.
November 5, 2020
The trend has been to extend PM intervals due to the use of longer-lasting synthetic motor oils, but during the COVID lockdown many fleet vehicles were idled, decreasing miles driven, causing PM compliance to diminish.
November 2, 2020
Although unscheduled maintenance increased due to extended service lives, prolonged inactivity during the COVID lockdown, and longer downtime due to parts shortages, costs were flat as vendors refrained from price increases.
October 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic divided the fleet market into essential and non-essential businesses, causing hundreds of thousands of company vehicles to sit idle from mid-March to mid-May. The economic shutdown caused miles-driven to plummet.
October 27, 2020
During the pre-pandemic period, 2020 OTD became extended due to a GM strike and strong order demand. The onset of the pandemic nearly halted OTD by idling non-essential fleets and closure of all OEM assembly plants.
September 29, 2020
Upfitters experienced a whipsaw effect of robust fleet orders straining their pre-pandemic production capacity and within the space of a month were struggling with chassis shortages due to the suspension of vehicle production.
September 29, 2020
During the 2020 model-year, the fleet industry did not experience significant railcar-related issues as seen in past model-years. However, fleets did report transportation issues with car haulers and last-mile deliveries to the dealers.
September 29, 2020
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has the dubious distinction of being the greatest-ever disruption of fleet. Other past disruptions include two OPEC oil embargoes in the 1970s, the attacks of 9/11, and the credit crisis of 2008-2009.
September 23, 2020
The proliferation of connected vehicle technology has created the capability to use vehicle-generated data in non-fleet-related business activities. Today, real-time telematics data is gaining a growing recognition as a valuable business intelligence (BI) tool for entities outside of fleet management to collect, integrate, and analyze business information.
September 14, 2020