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July 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Ramifications of a 67 MPH Top Speed

Using Derive’s technology, Loring White, CEO of CBE Inc., was able to set the maximum speed limit on each van to 67 miles per hour. Photo courtesy of CBE.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

This cross-country service fleet uses engine calibration technology to control each van’s top speed — improving driver safety and fuel usage.

Tags: Cargo Vans, driver safety, Idling, Speed Limits, Service Fleets, Derive Efficiency

May 2016, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Vans Add Next-Gen Safety Technology

While electronic stability control (ESC) is now standard on all vehicles, commercial vehicles take the technology one step further. Built on a foundation of anti-lock brakes and traction control with independent control at each wheel, the Ram ProMaster City’s ESC system leverages a suite of active handling technologies — including adjusting to the weight of the load and offering greater control on uneven surfaces.Photo courtesy of Ram.

By Tariq Kamal

In the light-duty van market, safety has become a priority for fleet buyers and manufacturers.

Tags: driver safety, Vehicle Safety Technology, Seat Belts, Electronic Stability Control, Air Bags, Rear-View Cameras, Commercial Vans

May 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

’Gamification’ Helps Fleet Focus on Driver Safety

Michael Crafton stands in front of one of his company's Nissan NV cargo vans. Photo courtesy of Team 360.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

This growing service fleet promotes driver safety through a connected car platform that tracks each driver’s behind-the-wheel habits — and scores them.

Tags: driver safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Connected Vehicle Technology, Service Fleets, Zubie

January 2016, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Advanced Safety for the Masses

In January, Ford conducted winter-weather autonomous driving tests with a specially equipped mid-size Fusion sedan. For the 2016-MY, Ford added the SE Driver Assist package, a suite of active safety features, specifically for fleet customers. The move was based on feedback from its advisory board members, according to Fritz Ahadi, general manager, Commercial and Government Sales Operations at Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Tariq Kamal

Once limited to highline vehicles, collision-avoidance technology and other advanced safety systems have reached mass-market status and are available to fleets.

Tags: driver safety, Vehicle Safety Technology, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control

July 2015, Business Fleet - Cover Story

How Telematics Can Improve Fleet Safety

Jim Aleson of Vivint Solar uses his Telogis telematics system to promote safety by setting up his operations managers to receive alerts when drivers exceed 10 miles over the speed limit or brake hard. Driver coaching is a consequence. Speeding and idling are on the decline, he says.

By Tariq Kamal

Fleet managers are using telematics to promote safe driving by recording speed, harsh acceleration and harsh braking incidents, and then using the data to coach drivers.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Safety, driver safety, Fleet Maintenance

March 2015, Business Fleet - Feature

Developing Budget-Friendly Driver Safety Programs

Wheelz Up, a Washington-D.C.-based auto parts delivery service, holds a safety meeting with some of its fleet drivers. Photo courtesy of Wheelz Up.

By Amy Winter

From driver training and safety meetings to one-on-one coaching and incentive programs, several small fleets share how they have developed a safety culture with their drivers - using low- to no-cost resources.

Tags: driver safety, Vehicle Safety, Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Inspections, Incentive Programs, Safety Meeting

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, vehicle breakdown

October 2014, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

photo: ©istockphoto.com/kysa

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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Safety Programs with Monetary Incentives May Encourage Under-Reporting of Incidents

By Mike Antich
Do fleet safety incentives “dis-incentivize” the reporting of safety incidents, especially if employees are monetarily rewarded for achieving a low rate of incidents? Under the umbrella of these monetary-based safety incentive programs is not just cash or bonuses, but also award merchandise, award trips, paid days off, and upgraded vehicles or availability of driver amenity options. The question is whether they are potentially counter-productive to the intent of fleet safety programs?

The Growing Penetration of Crossovers into the Commercial Fleet Market

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2016 Cadillac CT6

By Mike Antich
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), 5-passenger large luxury performance sedan. It is one of eight all-new vehicles that Cadillac will launch by the end of the decade as part of its $12-billion product investment.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
What’s Your Backup Plan?

By Sherb Brown
Despite all leading-edge technology and bleeding-edge regulations that are being thrust upon the fleet market, there is a gaping hole in many fleet plans. What to do when a vehicle, or a whole bunch of vehicles, are suddenly not available?

Defining the Size of the ‘Fleet’ Market Isn’t Always as Easy as it Looks

By Sherb Brown

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Auto Focus

Chris Brown
Car Rental’s Call to Action on Autonomous Vehicles

By Chris Brown
The car rental industry has built-in advantages to support a world with driverless cars, but it needs to take the next step in partnering with autonomous vehicle stakeholders.

Iran — a Growth Market for Car Rental?

By Chris Brown

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