Six Technology Trends that will Change the Trajectory of Fleet Management

By Team Writer / October 5, 2016

The advancement of Fleet technology and how it is helping Fleet management and workers in the Industry. Modern advancements are making the Fleet industry user friendly and and easier for everyone that is involved. From Growth opportunities to Social Media channels these 6 Technology trends are the future and beyond!

Key Takeaways:

  • A generational transition is occurring in the workforce that will result in more tech-savvy management
  • Disintermediation is a process that provides direct access to a product, service, or information without requiring a vehicle to travel from point A to point B.
  • The new workforce of digital natives will feel very comfortable with the next generation of business-focused social media.

“This new workforce and management will demand and accelerate adoption of technological solutions in fleet operations. I envision future generations of social media will become the new communication medium of choice.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/blog/market-trends/story/2016/10/six-technology-trends-that-will-change-the-trajectory-of-fleet-management.aspx

Range Rover Td6 Diesel Review

By Team Writer / October 4, 2016

The Range Rover Td6 Diesel has us scratching our heads. Who buys a Range Rover to save on gas? True, at 29 mpg, it’s a huge leap from the gas guzzling 19 mpg of the V-8 Range Rover. But there’s a trade-off: this diesel-run SUV has a feeble 254 hp compared to the V-8 Range Rover’s robust 510 hp. Off the road, this begins to show as it’s much less impressive than it’s gasoline-guzzling sibling. That’s said, it’s quiet, composed and full of quirky British charm.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel engine produces a modest 254 hp and a more impressive 440 lb-ft of torque. Best yet, it’s rated at up to 29 mpg on the highway.
  • With only 254 hp on tap you’re not going to be winning very many races, but the ample torque does ensure that you get off the line at the stoplight quicker than the other guy
  • Where the nasty supercharged V-8 Rover would power through and angrily claw its way out, the diesel Rover wheezed as it dug deeper holes.

“A tiny badge on the rear gate denotes that you have a Td6 model, but aside from that, it’s indiscernible to the average viewer as the noises it produces both inside and out are strikingly reminiscent of the standard direct-injection gasoline engines the Rover comes equipped with.”

http://www.trucktrend.com/truck-reviews/1609-range-rover-td6-diesel-review/

Report: Cadillac Offering Buyouts to 40 Percent of its Dealerships

By Team Writer / October 4, 2016

A recent report from Automotive News is stating that Cadillac is offering to buy out four hundred small U.S. dealerships. The report also states that the conditions are that dealers who are willing to walk away from their franchises will receive between $100,000 and $180,000. However this buyout package is only being offered to dealerships that sold fewer than fifty new retail vehicles last year.

Report: Cadillac Offering Buyouts to 40 Percent of its Dealerships

FMCSA issues final rule on windshield-mounted technologies

By Team Writer / October 4, 2016

Vehicular safety regulations are set by the federal organization FMSCA. This September, FMSCA released a new ruling relating to mounting devices on windshields. The new ruling allows such device within any commercial motor vehicle. The devices are allowed to placed on the windshield, in the area where wipers pass. Importantly, any windshield-mounted devices must use vehicle safety technology.

FMCSA issues final rule on windshield-mounted technologies –VehicleServicePros.com/12260925 @FMCSA

Safety Tip: Avoiding Deer-Vehicle Crashes

By Team Writer / October 4, 2016

Have you ever had to avoid a collision with a large animal on the road? Fall is mating season for many large animals, including deer, elk and moose. Many more of these animals can be found on our roads and represent significant risks for drivers. In this WorkTruck blog, State Farm gives several points of advice to stay safe and avoid collisions with large animals.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to State Farm’s most recent data, the top five states in which a driver is most likely to have a claim from a collision with a deer, elk, or moose are West Virginia (one in 41 chance), Montana (one in 58), Pennsylvania (one in 67), Iowa (one in 68), and South Dakota (one in 70).
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
  • Avoid distractions, such as devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal.

“According to State Farm’s most recent data, the top five states in which a driver is most likely to have a claim from a collision with a deer, elk, or moose are West Virginia (one in 41 chance), Montana (one in 58), Pennsylvania (one in 67), Iowa (one in 68), and South Dakota (one in 70).”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/09/safety-tip-avoiding-deer-vehicle-crashes.aspx

Properly inspecting wheel end caps

By Team Writer / October 3, 2016

Preventing wheel off situations is critical to passenger safety and should be a top priority of shop technicians. Darry Stuart, President/CEO of DWS Fleet Management Services provides suggestions in how to properly inspect the wheel end caps and avoid meeting attorneys.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is no question that in the past few years, there has been tremendous energy placed on wheel off situations and maintenance to prevent devastating situations.
  • Most maintenance shop personnel overlook hubcaps for intended usage. When the lenses are stained from age or the using gear oil, there is a tendency to overlook it and ignore the replacement of the cap or lenses.
  • So when we lose a wheel end, the general answer is the bearing failed, hiding that there was failure for lack of lubricate.

“I would suggest a review of your company procedures in this area. Determine what is really going on, and do not rely on the drivers to alert you that the caps are dirty or the plugs are too hard to remove”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/properly-inspecting-wheel-end-caps/

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Unveiled With 335 HP

By Team Writer / October 3, 2016

Mercedes Benz unveiled a sleek new electric work truck. The truck’s electric engine creates 335 horsepower allowing the truck to carry 26 metric tons of goods. However, the traditional gas powered trucks are not dead yet, as this truck has a limited range that will keep it in a relatively small area and prevent it from being used for long haul trucking. Still this truck may be just the first step in an eventual move to autonomous trucking.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Unveiled With 335 HP

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