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September 2013, Business Fleet - Feature

What To Do (And Not To Do) After a Highway Breakdown

By Volvo Cars North America

Depending on the setting, there are different ways to handle the aftermath of a vehicle breakdown.

Tags: Driver Safety, National Safety Council, highway, vehicle breakdown

October 2014, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

In-Vehicle Camera Improves Fleet’s Driver Safety, Fuel Usage

<p>Goggin Warehousing uses in-vehicle video-based safety systems in each of its 80 fleet trucks.</p>

By Amy Winter

By monitoring its drivers in the cab, this truck fleet saw a decrease in high-risk driving occurrences and improved fuel economy — as well as exoneration from driving incident accusations.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Driver Safety, In-Vehicle Video

July 2014, Business Fleet - Cover Story

How to Use Telematics to Increase Productivity

<p>Gary McCollum of ServiceOne used his company's system to recover a stolen van in less than 25 minutes.</p>

By Chris Brown

Five fleets weigh in on how they use GPS tracking, vehicle diagnostics, electronic communication and vehicle and driver data to automate tasks and improve performance.

Tags: telematics, Fleet Productivity, Fleet Management, gps, Vehicle Diagnostics, Driver Safety

March 2013, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Best Practices in Driver Hiring

<p>In addition to MVR and background checks, Sure-Fire Inc., a heating and air conditioning contractor, subjects all drivers to approval from its insurance carrier.</p>

By Joanne Tucker

When putting employees behind the wheel of your company assets, it’s important to know that you’re handing the keys to a safe driver.

Tags: Driver Safety, New Hire, Driver Training, Commercial Driver's License, Hiring, commercial motor vehicles, DOT Compliance, hiring policy

September 2012, Business Fleet - Feature

10 Steps to Building a Safe Fleet

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By Chris Wolski

Ask any fleet about safety and it will undoubtedly top the priority list. Here are 10 steps to creating a safety culture.

Tags: Accident Management, Fleet Safety, Safety Policies, Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, driver screening, Driver Training, Driver Behavior

September 2007, Business Fleet - Feature

Confessions of a Road Warrior

By Chris Brown

The day-to-day challenges of fleet driving often clash with what the safety videos say. Is there a way to get business done and be safe at the same time?

Tags: Driver Safety, Distracted Driving, Vehicle Safety

July 2007, Business Fleet - Feature

The Boomer Driving Dilemma

By Chris Brown

Retirement-age baby boomers are staying in the workforce in droves. Are you prepared to keep them in your fleet?

Tags: Driver Safety

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Thi Dao
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan

By Thi Dao
Instead of a gauge showing RPM, the Camry Hybrid displays three states: “Charge,” “Eco,” and “Power.” I assume if you want to improve your MPG, you can try to stay in the Charge and Eco modes for a long as possible.

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By Paul Clinton
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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Multinational Fleet Managers Must Expand Beyond Regional Expertise

By Mike Antich
The next real challenge for many fleet managers, executives, or anyone with fleet responsibilities is going to be how to manage and take a fleet to a global platform. Executives at these companies are looking at their fleets from a global perspective.

Don't Make Your Fleet Operation Conform to the Truck

By Mike Antich
Building a truck is a complicated process. Specifying the right truck requires hundreds of decisions and choices – and each choice potentially impacts another. The tricky part is finding the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a vehicle, each with its own unique set of consequences.

Fleet Managers Must Earn Respect, Not Expect It

By Mike Antich

How to Change Senior Management's Misperceptions About Your Fleet

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

By Lauren Fletcher
Rightsizing is used almost synonymously with downsizing; however, just look at the two words and you can immediately see that they are not the same.

What Drives You to be a Better Fleet Manager?

By Lauren Fletcher
What is your inspiration to be the great fleet managers you are? What drives you to do all you do, every day?

Rebuilding Your Confidence

By Lauren Fletcher

Can Accidents Be Eliminated Through Modern Vehicle Technology?

By Lauren Fletcher

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
Big Government versus the Small Operator

By Chris Brown
The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow.

Confessions of a Renter — Me

By Chris Brown
Mind you, I never took the CDW to be able to play smash-up derby with a rental car, nor did I rob a bank with one. But there are stories.

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