When Should You Change Oil?

Many companies are opting to perform oil analysis for their vehicles onsite rather than sending it out or just changing the oil or filters when the generic rule-of-thumb tells them to. Some companies found they were able to double the amount of time in between changes, which resulted in less downtime and less money spent on maintenance. This makes sense, as it is wasteful and time-consuming to change parts and oil when it is not actually needed.

Key Takeaways:

  • To compensate, the fleet is switching from a synthetic oil blend to full synthetic to make it to 10,000 miles, with the hope of extending it out to 15,000 miles.
  • Technicians take a sample at every single PM service, and they can retrieve the results before completing the service to determine if oil needs to be changed.
  • The fleet purchased an oil analysis machine, switched to extended performance oil filters, and began using full synthetic oil.

“Oil change intervals can be different for each fleet and vehicle application, and what may work for one fleet may not work for another.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/maintenance/article/story/2016/11/when-should-you-change-oil.aspx

Chicago Courier Wins DHL’s Safe Driving Rodeo

DHL a delivery company recently offered a six month safe driving initiative where a man by the name of Roger McGowan was awarded $5,000 dollars due to his exemplary commitment to safety while at work and at home. Using his free time to study and provide insights to the safety department at his company. He was selected from a group of nine other finalists.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chicago-based courier Roger McGowan was awarded $5,000 for winning DHL’s six-month safe-driving competition that culminated in Dallas, Texas earlier this month.
  • McGowan was selected as the winner among nine finalists, who were given a $1,000 prize.
  • Driver training vendor, Smith Systems oversaw the event; Smith System’s “5 Keys to Space Cushion Driving” have figured prominently in the competition.

“Chicago-based courier Roger McGowan was awarded $5,000 for winning DHL’s six-month safe-driving competition that culminated in Dallas, Texas earlier this month.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/10/chicago-courier-wins-dhl-s-safe-driving-rodeo.aspx

TrailerTail Covered Links Deployment to Door Operation

Adding a trailer tail to semi truck trailers can provide added fuel savings. These devices allow the trucking companies to cut down on maintenance costs by providing a smoother ride that allows for less wear and tear on vehicles. They also have been resigned so that the trucker using them will no longer be able to not implement them on the given trailer.

TrailerTail Covered Links Deployment to Door Operation

Caterpillar Reports Q3 2016 Results & 2017 Expectations

During the third quarter of 2016, Caterpillar has experienced a large loss of 49% per share. Caterpillar cites this decline as the downturn of the worldwide economic market that exists today. Although they have experienced this downturn in the third quarter, Caterpillar anticipates a high rate of return per share and an encouraging profit in the Chinese market in 2017.

Key Takeaways:

  • Caterpillar announced Tuesday its profit per share of $0.48 for the third quarter of 2016
  • Economic weakness throughout much of the world persists and, as a result, most of our end markets remain challenged
  • Cat’s full-year outlook for 2016 sales and revenues is about $39 billion, and profit is $2.35 per share

“Economic weakness throughout much of the world persists and, as a result, most of our end markets remain challenged.”

http://www.constructionequipment.com/caterpillar-reports-q3-2016-results-2017-expectations?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+constructionequipment%2Fnews+%28Construction+Equipment+%7C+Breaking+News%29

Charlotte Airport Hires First-Ever Fleet Manager

Charlotte, N.C., international airport has appointed a fleet manager for the first time. Scott Kincaid, who previously works as a fleet analyst at the City of Charlotte, will oversee a fleet of 450, which ranges from tractors and lawn mowers to transit buses and dump trucks. Kincaid is considering buying a fleet management information system to replace paper work orders.

Key Takeaways:

  • Scott Kincaid was recently named Charlotte Douglas (N.C.) International Airport’s first ever fleet manager
  • The airport is growing so fast and the fleet is growing so fast that they wanted to bring somebody in to manage that growth
  • The fleet consists of 450 units, which range from tractors and lawn mowers to transit buses and dump trucks

“Scott Kincaid was recently named Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s first ever fleet manager – he is looking into purchasing a fleet management information system to replace paper work orders as well as telematics for buses, and he’s also considering alternative fuels for several vehicle and equipment applications.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/gps-telematics/news/story/2016/10/charlotte-airport-hires-first-ever-fleet-manager.aspx

RepairPal launches nationwide warranty program

It can be difficult to know who to trust for automotive repairs. Though many shops may offer a warranty on their services, making an appointment with a particular shop when you’re on the road can be impossible or inconvenient at best. RepairPal seeks to change that with a network of over 1800 certified shops, offering a minimum one year / 12,000-mile warranty.

RepairPal launches nationwide warranty program

CarriersEdge Offering Vehicle Inspection Training Course

In order to help transportation companies avoid violations with their vehicles, CarriersEdge now offers online vehicle inspection courses. The course offers four modules that can be done at one’s own pace. Through the use of this course, employees can get a better idea of why an inspection of their vehicle before departure is so important and a thorough understanding of what exactly to look for.

Key Takeaways:

  • CarriersEdge has released a full suite of online vehicle inspection training courses for transportation companies and their drivers.
  • The new CarriersEdge Vehicle Inspection courses use the company’s interactive learning approach
  • Industry statistics continue to show that many top violations related to brakes, lights and tires could have been easily avoided with proper pre-trip

“CarriersEdge has released a full suite of online vehicle inspection training courses for transportation companies and their drivers.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/news/story/2016/10/carriersedge-releases-vehicle-inspection-training-course.aspx

Toyota, Ford Top Consumer Reports’ Recommended Models

In the market for a new vehicle? To start off the research into a seemingly endless list of choices, check out the Consumer Report list of recommended models first. Toyota has the most with 19 models recommended on the list, with Ford and Lexus trailing with ten each. This list should give you a jumping-off point when looking for the perfect next vehicle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Toyota, Ford, and Lexus had the most nameplates appear on the Consumer Reports’ list of recommended models
  • Toyota leads the way with 19 models receiving the coveted check mark, while Ford and Lexus had 10 models each
  • Seven Chevrolet vehicles earned a check, including the Malibu, Cruze, Impala, and Traverse

“Toyota leads the way with 19 models receiving the coveted check mark, while Ford and Lexus had 10 models each. Recommended Toyota models include the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, RAV4, and Tundra.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/vehicle-research/news/story/2016/10/toyota-ford-lead-consumer-reports-recommended-models.aspx

Charges Dropped Against Chauffeur In N.Y. Crash

Charges against a New York chauffeur that killed four women in a 2015 auto accident have been dropped by the New York prosecutor. The chauffeur had been attempting a U-turn on Route 48 when he was struck by a drunk driver, resulting in him then hitting the limousine containing the four women.

Key Takeaways:

  • Carlos Pino was indicted in March on four counts of criminally negligent homicide, four counts of assault, reckless driving and other crimes in the Cutchogue crash that killed Brittney Schulman, Lauren Baruch, Stephanie Belli and Amy Grabina.
  • All charges have been dropped against the chauffeur in the July 2015 crash that killed four women who were touring vineyards on Long Island to celebrate a birthday, a judge said Oct. 26.
  • The four women were touring vineyards in a limousine to celebrate a friend’s birthday when Pino tried to make a U-turn on state Route 48 and was hit by a truck driven by an alleged drunk driver.

“All charges have been dropped against the chauffeur in the July 2015 crash that killed four women who were touring vineyards on Long Island to celebrate a birthday, a judge said Oct. 26.”

http://www.lctmag.com/operations/news/717225/charges-dropped-against-chauffeur-in-2015-long-island-crash

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