Insights

Over the decades we have amassed a library of resources, both internal and external, which help our team and our partners do their jobs with skill and confidence. Peruse these pages for current trends and thought leadership, our newsletters, and tips that we have found helpful over the years. And if you have any questions for us, we’re always here for you.

9 Tips for getting the most from your tires

Fleet Management Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on July 20, 2016

Despite three years of relatively flat tire costs, it’s still not cheap to replce tires in your fleet. With a well-defined tire maintenance program in place, you can save a considerable amount of money by prolonging intervals between replacements. Of course, tire maintenance isn’t only about cost savings. Better-maintained tires mean better fuel mileage, improved driver safety, as well as lower chances of roadside emergencies and expensive downtime.

Since there are several factors that contribute to the life and performance of a tire, here’s some advice that could save you headaches in the long run!

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How best to manage vehicle depreciation

Fleet Management Posted by Bill Womack, VP of Sales on June 22, 2016

Last month, Black Book released a residual value forecast that highlighted rising vehicle depreciation
rates.

Here are highlights from the forecast:

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What To Consider Before ‘Greening’ Your Fleet

Hybrid Vehicles Posted by Rhonda Zielinski on June 15, 2016

A quick look around the industry tells us that green fleets are here to stay. Whether companies are adding hybrid or all-electric vehicles to their lineup, or are experimenting with alternative fuels, the green movement continues to be top of mind for both manufacturers and brands.

As exciting as technological advancements are, the changeover to a green fleet is not necessarily a straightforward one. Adding hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) is not the same as bringing a traditional vehicle on board; they require different parts, different infrastructure, and have different cost models.

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Fleet Management 101: What is telematics, anyway?

Fleet 101 Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on May 12, 2016

If you’re new to fleet management, you’ve probably heard telematics get tossed around in your research. And while the industry has some great advice about how to integrate telematics or how to interpret the data that comes from monitoring the fleet, there aren’t as many articles that discuss the basics.

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Is Telematics Right for Your Fleet?

Fleet Management Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on May 3, 2016

When you think about what telematics is capable of, it’s no wonder it is making headlines. Here’s a
technology that can not only elevate customer experience, but can improve the efficiency of operations. For the first time, fleet managers can monitor logistics, route times, vehicle speeds and driving behavior from afar. Telematics can also produce information invaluable for monitoring idle times and associated fuel costs, and for isolating questionable driving practices.

Most importantly for fleets, telematics can automatically retrieve that coveted odometer information, which is crucial for accurate cost per mile calculations and maintenance forecasting.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Driver Safety Posted by Union Leasing on April 26, 2016

According to data from the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC), talking on a mobile phone while driving increases accident risk by four times. Texting while driving increases accident risk by between eight and 23 times. And although thousands die needlessly in phone-related crashes every year, many people still tolerate phone use at the wheel.

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A Case for Customer Service in the Digital Age

Tips and Advice Posted by Roger Setzke, Vice President Customer Service on April 19, 2016

As someone who has been doing customer service in this industry for 40 years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness a lot of changes in my career. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed—and perhaps you’ve seen it too—is how much customers know before they contact sales.

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How Are Fleet Fuel Costs Impacting Your Business?

Fleet Management Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on April 6, 2016

The impact of fleet fuel costs on business operations is a question people typically ask when gas prices are high. Since we’re all enjoying historically low fuel costs, fuel-efficiency seems like a non-issue right now. And while it’s perfectly understandable to take advantage of low fuel costs – by either adding to a fleet or upgrading to better vehicles at the expense of fuel efficiency – there is still wisdom in sticking to the long-term plan that fits your fleet and business goals.

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The End of Illinois Vehicle Emissions Test Reminders

Fleet Management Posted by Kathie Jarzombek, License, Title & Tax Manager on March 17, 2016

Renewing fleet vehicle registration in Illinois has just become even more complicated. As 2015 was wrapping up, the Secretary of State stopped mailing license plate renewal reminders, which many vehicle owners had come to rely on. Furthermore, while you could sign up for email reminders, you had to have the information from your last reminder or spend time on the phone to track it down. Well, it comes as no real surprise that now the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is no longer mailing emissions test notice reminders either. 

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Fleet Management 101 – Should you lease, buy, or rent?

Fleet 101 Posted by Jeff Malko, Regional Sales Manager on February 25, 2016

Making the decision to own, lease or rent a vehicle can be tricky. Chances are you’ve had to make this choice in your personal life with your own vehicle, but when it comes to company fleets there’s more to consider. We’re here to explain the basics of what you need to know before jumping into a new vehicle commitment.  

What’s the difference?

First, some basic definitions:

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