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IIHS to Evaluate Rear Automatic Braking Systems

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has launched a rear crash prevention ratings program to help drivers identify models equipped with technology that stop or reduce low-speed backing crashes, the institute has announced.

Video Safety Tip: How to Drive on Gravel

Driving on gravel presents risks if you're not prepared, because the uneven and inconsistent surface affects stability, ride, and handling. But like other driver behavior, these risks can be managed so fleet drivers can reach their destination safely.

Video Safety Tip: Dealing With Potholes

Wintertime brings with it a safety nuisance for drivers: Potholes. That’s because freezing and thawing of water under pavement weakens the road and causes large cracks.

Photo of 2018 Camry LE courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Camry, Lexus Models Recalled for Fueling Systems

Toyota Motor North America has recalled 11,800 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans and about 9,900 Lexus models for fueling system problems.

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2019 Subaru Ascent Three-Row SUV Starts at $32,970

Subaru will begin selling its 2019 Ascent three-row SUV — the largest vehicle the crossover specialist has ever built — for at least $32,970 this summer, the company announced.

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Driver Assist Tech Can Increase Distraction

Drivers with access to semi-autonomous features such as automatic braking or a lane keeping system say that they're significantly more distracted while driving than drivers without the technology, according to a new study.

Fleet's can now order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet and GMC vans (pictured) starting with 6.0L models. (Image courtesy of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids Offers Ship-Thru Codes on GM Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc., announced that ship-thru codes are available for its XLH hybrid-electric system on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans and cutaways.

Video Safety Tip: Correct Steering Techniques

Several experts say hand-over-hand steering isn't the safest steering method for two main reasons.

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These 6 States Adopted Essential Traffic Safety Laws

The "2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" grades states on the adoption of 16 fundamental traffic safety laws.

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Lowest 5-Year Cost-to-Own Vehicles Named

Five General Motors vehicles from the 2018 model year have the lowest cost to own in their categories over a five-year period, while four Toyota or Lexus vehicles also made an annual list from Kelley Blue Book.

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Drowsy Driving a Factor in Nearly 10% of Crashes

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explores the relationship between drowsy driving and motor vehicle crashes — finding 9.5% of drivers involved in crashes to be classified as drowsy.

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Ford Launches Third-Gen 2019 Transit Connect Wagon

Ford debuted the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon with new gasoline and diesel powertrains, a new eight-speed transmission, and a suite of safety technology as standard equipment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Photo of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Next-Gen Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter today in Duisburg, Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics service that will arrive in the U.S. later this year.

Video Safety Tip: Driving Amid Lightning

Drivers who find themselves in the midst of lightning strikes should pull over to a safe place, turn on their hazard lights, close all the windows, and avoid touching metal.

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Laney's Inc. Announces Fleet Coordinator

Paul Hanson, CAFM, was named fleet and facilities coordinator at Laney’s Inc. in Fargo, N.D.

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Cell Phone Use 6 Seconds Prior to Crashes Studied

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examines the relationship between using a cell phone while driving and the risk of being involved in a crash by comparing cell phone use immediately prior to crashes versus during ordinary driving.

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Aramark Hires VP of Fleet Operations

Chad Fay was named vice president of fleet operations for Aramark. He assumed this position in November.

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Pickup Tailgate Thefts Decreased in 2017: NICB

Theft of tailgates from insured pickup trucks decreased slightly in 2017 and have stabilized since 2014, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Photo of Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler to Provide Thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Minivans to Waymo

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will supply thousands of 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Google's Waymo to support the launch of a driverless ride-hailing service, the automaker announced.

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Pioneer in Small Fleet Leasing Retires

Jerry Duffy, senior VP, leasing & fleet management for The Bancorp Bank, retired Dec. 31, 2017, capping a 45-year career in small fleet leasing market.

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In Memoriam: Retired Motorlease VP Ferraresso

Robert (Bob) Ferraresso, retired vice president at Motorlease Corp., passed away Jan. 25, 2018. He was 78.

Safety Tip: Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

Drivers need to remember to slow down and move over — if safe — whenever they see an emergency vehicle stopped ahead on a multi-lane roadway.

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

Fleets Part of Ford's 2018 Mobility Strategy

Ford is looking to leverage burgeoning vehicle connectivity technology to deliver improved data services and fleet optimization for commercial fleets, which is part of the Ford Mobility team’s strategy to accelerate delivery of mobility products and services to customers in 2018.

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Motorlease Names VP of Operations

Motorlease Corp. has promoted Jeffrey Perkins to the position of vice president of operations, where he will focus on strategic planning and analysis; relationship management; and process development and implementation.

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Teamsters Try to Nix UPS Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles

The Teamsters union is seeking to prevent UPS from using driverless vehicles or drones to deliver packages, the latter of which the parcel delivery company had already performed a number of tests on, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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