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Benefits of Benchmarking Fleet Maintenance Costs

Posted by Jim Buell on February 5, 2018 - 3:05 PM

TMC and FleetNet America partnership

For more than 30 years, the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) has developed recommended practices for the heavy-duty trucking industry — creating standards and procedures fleets can use in their operations. From suggestions on tracking total tire costs to guidelines for installing alternators, the council works to address issues in the industry. Currently, TMC is partnering with FleetNet America® on Benchmarkit, a fleet maintenance benchmarking program. 

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Winter Maintenance and Towing Tips for Fleets

Posted by Don Doty on December 4, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Preparing for winter: is your fleet ready?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, more than 70 percent of roads in the U.S. are located in regions that typically receive more than five inches of annual snowfall. With many commercial fleets using these snow-prone routes on a regular basis, preparing vehicles and drivers for winter conditions is a task most companies need to address.

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Lease vs. Buy: A Decision Guide and Cost Analysis for Fleets

Posted by Tim Moore on November 13, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Is leasing or buying the better choice for fleet vehicles?

If you’ve done a lease vs. buy analysis for a fleet before, you likely know that leasing is typically viewed as less risky than owning. But with added considerations like vehicle lifespan, annual mileage, interest rates on loans, maintenance charges and vehicle disposal, the choice to either lease or buy becomes more complex. See what details should factor into your decision and learn how outsourcing maintenance could affect your choice.

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Improving Driver Communication During a Breakdown

Posted by Heather Dean on October 20, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Why direct communication matters during breakdowns

One of the most challenging times for commercial fleet maintenance leaders to gain control of their operations is during an unscheduled repair. Encouraging clear, direct communication at the start of a breakdown event can often make a difference in minimizing downtime.

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7 Tips for Sharing the Road with Semi-trucks

Posted by Paige Stewart on October 17, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Driving near large trucks

Did you know 75 percent of commercial vehicle accidents are caused by drivers in passenger cars? While actions like distracted driving certainly play a role in some of these cases, there are likely multiple occasions that happen simply because drivers don’t understand how to safely maneuver around large vehicles.

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Hours-of-Service (HOS) Rules for Professional Truck Drivers

Posted by Becca Soard on October 10, 2017 - 8:01 AM

How many hours can truck drivers travel?

Professional truck drivers Joe and Susan each receive a new assignment from their carriers and log their activity as they travel to the next location. Based on the descriptions below, which driver is in compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) driving regulations?

Joe: San Diego, California, to Portland, Oregon (1,083 miles, approximately 20 hours)

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Understanding the Dashboard in a Heavy-duty Truck

Posted by Rocky Carroll on September 26, 2017 - 8:02 AM

What your dashboard gauges and warning lights are really indicating   

Your next loading dock is 45 minutes away. With a quick glance at the dashboard, you notice the fuel level is low, and the tire inflation light is on. Should you pull over to fuel up and check out the problem or is it safe to continue driving? While some dashboard lights and instruments indicate emergency situations, others notify the driver of issues that could be concerning if they aren’t serviced soon.

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Classifying Medium and Heavy-duty Trucks

Posted by Becca Soard on September 19, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Categorizing Big Trucks

When you think of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, what comes to mind? While some may think solely of equipment like tractor trailers, flatbeds and refrigerated units, there are actually a wide range of vehicle types in these categories — from boom trucks and dump trucks to semis and garbage trucks. We’ll cover details on how these big trucks are classified and why it’s important to know the correct classification.

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What is VMRS?

Posted by Rocky Carroll on September 14, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Why is VMRS important for fleet maintenance?

While some breakdowns may be unavoidable, you might be surprised at the number of equipment issues that could be prevented with the right information about your fleet. But how do you get that info?

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Trucking Accessories for Safety, Convenience and Comfort

Posted by Paige Stewart on August 22, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Truck driver supplies for on-the-road living

Spending most of your time in a truck cab has advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, you probably visit many unique locations and meet a lot of people. On the downside, there are times you may have to sacrifice convenience and comfort to get the job done. Fortunately, a variety of trucking accessories are available to help improve the safety and efficiency of the truck driver lifestyle. Create a more secure and relaxing environment using the semi-truck accessories below.

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