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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. Developing Budget-Friendly Driver Safety Programs
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.
Dan Frank (right) becomes only the third Wheels president since it was founded in 1939 by Zollie Frank, Dan’s grandfather, and Zollie’s brother-in-law Amund Schoen. Zollie’s son, Jim (left), became the second president in 1974. Dan has held various roles in the company during his 16-year tenure. Wheels Positions Itself for Future Growth
In a wide-ranging interview, Dan Frank, newly appointed president of Wheels Inc., and CEO Jim Frank, discuss their strategic vision for the company and how they see the fleet industry changing in the next five years.
What To Do (And Not To Do) After a Highway Breakdown
Depending on the setting, there are different ways to handle the aftermath of a vehicle breakdown.
Goggin Warehousing uses in-vehicle video-based safety systems in each of its 80 fleet trucks. In-Vehicle Camera Improves Fleet’s Driver Safety, Fuel Usage
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.
As of 2008, a commercial vehicle is defined as any vehicle with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs., and that includes the weight of a trailer. Rob Kooken cites the example of the landscaper with a pickup truck towing a trailer who may get caught not understanding the rules. Photo via Ildar Sagdejev/Wikimedia Got Compliance?
Federal rules defining commercial vehicles have changed. If you're not compliant, getting stopped by the authorities is no way to find out.

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Photo courtesy of FCA US.
Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled for Air Bags
An installation issue in 2,408 2015-MY vans may prevent the side air bag inflatable curtains from deploying properly.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break
This driving maneuver, executed by law enforcement officers, is intended to slow down traffic because of an upcoming hazard. Unfortunately, some drivers are caught off-guard, momentarily unsure of what to do.
Photo of 2015 Lincoln MKZ courtesy of Ford.
Lincoln MKZ Sedans Recalled for Parking Lamps
Lincoln dealers will update the body control module software so that the lamps don't shine so intensely that they affect the vision of oncoming drivers.
Photo of 2015 Ford Fusion courtesy of Ford.
Ford Recalls Fusion, Edge and MKZ for Steering
Nearly 520,000 Ford vehicles in North America are at risk for road salt-related corrosion that may cause steering gear motor attachment bolts to fracture.
Photo of 2014 Ford Focus courtesy of Ford.
Ford Recalls Five Popular Fleet Models for Fuel Pump
Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module in Ford Transit Connect, Focus, Edge, Escape and Fiesta vehicles.
Photo courtesy of NHTSA
NHTSA Wants to Boost Recall Completion Rates
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an initiative to improve what it calls "unacceptably low" recall completion rates for safety defects on vehicles.
Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine, during last year's Fleet Safety Award ceremony.
Fleet Safety Award Nominations Deadline Extended
Nominations for the 2015 Fleet Safety Award will be accepted until May 1, and the award will be presented on July 15 at the Fleet Safety Conference.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Tire Air Pressure
Here’s some tire preventive maintenance advice, provided by America’s Tire, you may want to pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.
Photo courtesy of Ford.
Ford Adds Strobe Lighting to 2016 Super Duty Trucks
Ford will offer factory-installed strobe lighting on its 2016 F-Series Super Duty trucks for utility, road construction or municipal crews to enhance vehicle visibility, Ford has announced.
Photo of 2014 Ford Fusion courtesy of Ford.
Ford Recalls Fusion, Fiesta and Lincoln MKZ
The recall affects nearly 390,000 vehicles in North America that may have defective door latches.

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