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November 7, 2017

Q. What are the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns?

A. Believe it or not, tire problems cause nearly half of all roadside breakdowns...

July 24, 2017

Safety Tip: Spotting Signs of Misaligned Wheels

Pep Boys and CNET provide advice on how to recognize symptoms of wheel misalignment.

July 22, 2017

Understanding Wheel Alignment

Properly aligned wheels are necessary for steering control, fuel efficiency and long tire life. But what factors ensure proper wheel alignment? Video courtesy of CNET. For the full safety tip on wheel alignment, click here.

May 30, 2017

Fleet Operating Costs Remain Stable for Fourth Consecutive Year

The stability of fuel pricing over the past 36 months, along with ongoing improvements in vehicle fuel economy, have been the key factors keeping fleet operating costs relatively flat.

March 6, 2017

How to Avoid Becoming a Prisoner of ‘Legacy Behavior’

“But it works; it’s always worked!” Everyone, at times, becomes a slave to what has worked in the past. That’s how we’ve always done it, we say. But in a rapidly changing fleet world, legacy behavior isn’t always the best way

February 9, 2017

Universal Waste Systems Names Fleet Maintenance Manager

Jason Pennington was named fleet maintenance manager at UWS Universal Waste Systems Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

January 9, 2017

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

November 11, 2016

How to Reduce Vendor Fees and TCO

Although total cost of ownership is usually thought of in terms of fixed and variable vehicle expenses, vendor fees play a role as well. Here are some strategies fleet managers can use to reduce both.

May 23, 2016

Ryder Expands Maintenance Options for Truck Leases

Ryder System has expanded maintenance offerings for leases with the company’s new Ryder ChoiceLease options.

May 6, 2016

50 Ways to Reduce Fuel Spend

Keeping fuel spend low is the No.1 challenge fleet managers face. The fluctuation in gasoline and diesel prices over the past few years has given fleet managers a sobering reality check on how quickly the price of fuel can cause operational budgets to hemorrhage.

March 1, 2016

Donlen Improves Purchase Order System

Donlen has rolled out enhancements to its maintenance program that will provide customers with new features and benefits geared towards lowering their fleet's maintenance expenses, the fleet management company has announced.

February 2, 2016

A Closer Look at Wheels' Reimbursement Option

Many fleets may need both a leasing and reimbursement solution. But, deciding what program fits what segment of your fleet may seem challenging. Wheels has developed a solution.

July 20, 2015

A&R Logistics Names Area Maintenance Manager

Timothy Brevoort was named area maintenance manager for A&R Logistics, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. He assumed this position in February.

January 13, 2015

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.

November 10, 2014

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Windshield Wiper Blades

Here's a video explaining how to replace wiper blades. Manufacturers typically recommend they're changed two or three times a year to keep windshield visibility optimal.

February 28, 2014

10 Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs

Operating a cost-effective and efficient fleet often requires relying on the knowledge and expertise of fleet managers, but strategic direction from upper management also acts as a driving factor for such changes.

January 21, 2014

Fleet ‘Truisms’ — That Just Aren’t True!

Fleet management is rife with “truisms,” so-called conventional pieces of wisdom, that, although well intentioned, aren’t always true. Here are some examples of such truisms about which fleet managers can, and should, be skeptical.

January 21, 2014

Identifying Missed Cost-Cutting Opportunities

Fleet managers can focus too much on the price of the products and services they buy, which can leave some cost-cutting opportunities unexplored.

February 27, 2013

Why Aren’t Dealers More Fleet-Minded?

Factory leadership and training, thin profits vs. retail, and the sheer systemic “retail orientation” at all marketing levels makes “fleet” a near orphan.

February 13, 2013

Top 15 Fleet Maintenance Trends in 2013 & Beyond

Vehicle quality continues to improve and extended powertrain warranties have covered some expensive repairs, which occur at higher mileage. Although quality has increased, vehicles are becoming more complex, especially with the proliferation of new onboard technologies. In this context, what follows are the top 15 maintenance trends for passenger cars that are facing commercial fleet managers in 2013 and beyond.

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