Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW), an annual safety campaign organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), is officially observed during the first week of October. This year’s theme is “#PlanAhead - Your Key to Driving Safely” and focuses on the importance of thinking about your trip before getting behind the wheel. This means checking your fuel gauge the night before you have to be somewhere early in the morning, planning your route ahead of time, allowing extra time for potential weather delays, and more. Planning ahead is a key element of safe driving.
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What are your drivers really paying for at the gas pump?
As you consider how to best manage fuel expenses for your fleet, you probably can’t help but wonder, “What exactly are we paying for when we get gas?” You’ve surely seen prices of gasoline increase and decrease dramatically in recent years, but why? Well, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline can be broken down into four main components: crude oil, refining costs, distribution and marketing, and taxes. The degree to which these components contribute to the overall price can vary depending on a number of variables.
As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, it’s time to think about how to prepare your fleet for safe fall driving. As the seasons change there are new dangers to consider while on the road. Fall means back to school, fall holidays, time and weather changes, and more. Here are the top fall driving dangers and how to prepare your drivers for them.
The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Annual Conference took place September 14-16th, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The AFLA Annual Conference seeks to provide networking and strategic-level corporate fleet training opportunities for fleet industry professionals. In attendance this year was Mark Conroy, VP of Sales and Marketing at Union Leasing who said:
We live in an age of technology that makes vast amounts data and analytics available to us, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. This holds true for the amount of data available to fleet managers today. However overwhelming it may be, ignoring this massive amount of useful, albeit slightly intimidating, data can be detrimental to the efficiency of your business. So, how can we leverage this data without getting bogged down by the unimportant information? Fleet Financials decided to interview a few fleet management professionals to get their advice. Union Leasing’s own Jeff Hurrell weighed in. Jeff looked back on his experience as a fleet manager to contribute some especially excellent points to the article entitled How to Leverage Constantly Evolving Fleet Analytics.
Reimbursing your drivers for their use of personal vehicles often ends up costing you a lot in the long run. From jeopardizing your company image to liability risks to potentially unhappy and uncooperative employees, there are lots of costs associated with driver reimbursement.
Conversely, outsourcing the management of your fleet can save you money and allow you to feel secure knowing the best choices for your fleet are being made by professionals with experience managing fleets. Not to mention the less tangible benefits of company leased vehicles such as recruiting, employee retention, plus the advertising and branding benefits that aren’t available with drivers using their personal vehicles. To learn more about the dangers associated with driver reimbursement and how to avoid them, check out our brand new infographic below:
Many fleet managers grapple with the best way to present new policies to their drivers. Most managers find that their drivers resist changes, which typically results in the changes not being as effective. Below are some key areas that address the benefits of merging driver buy-in with new rules or changes to your fleet process.
Change happens. We can’t always anticipate every change that may come our way but we can prepare and manage change to the best of our abilities. The fleet management industry certainly experiences instabilities of its own. Whether you’re looking for a fleet management company for the first time, or are looking to switch to a new company, there are some important things you should be prepared to do.
The most dangerous days to be on the road are the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
While driving in the summer heat may seem like it pales in comparison to a whiteout blizzard, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 2012 had the highest number of fatal car accidents of any month that year. In fact, August and June ranked second and third, respectively. So what can you do to ensure our fleet’s safety in these warmer months?
Sometimes purchasing or leasing your fleet vehicles makes sense. However, in some markets it may not make sense to have your vehicles year round. Maybe you have holiday peaks, seasonal needs, or need vehicles on a project-by-project basis. Then what do you do? That’s when a flexible, commercial truck rental program would fit your needs. Here are a few top reasons to consider this: