Snowpocalypse. Polar Vortex. Snowmageddon. Winter snow, ice and cold weather can be pretty scary, not to mention create adverse driving conditions and cause additional dangers on the roads. The time has come to prepare your fleet for safe winter driving. Be sure to prepare your fleet vehicles and get your employees together to cover safe driving best practices. This also makes for a perfect time to review your distracted driving policy.
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Is the thought of standing in line at the DMV to get your license plate sticker (or attempting to renew it online) right up there with getting your teeth cleaned? For most people it’s a nuisance that takes up time and is rarely an enjoyable experience. When it comes to managing not just one vehicle but a fleet of vehicles this process can be downright atrocious and overwhelming. For those in Illinois, this process has just become even more complicated. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has suspended mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices.
Is the Affordable Care Act causing your home care or hospice organization pain? Medicare payment to home healthcare providers has been cut by 3% or more. This caused a lot of upset within the industry. According to the National Association for Homecare & Hospice, by their calculations more than half of home care agencies will be paid less than the cost of care by 2017.
Union Leasing’s Greg Carson, Vice President of Operations, was recently featured in an article in Work Truck Magazine. In the article titled 14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec’ing, Carson gives recommendations on identifying equipment in advance, avoiding certain upfits that threaten your warranty, and more. His contributions added valuable insight to the article.
The surge in production of oil and natural gas from shale formations in the United States led to dramatic growth of the domestic energy industry, and the ancillary industries that support it. With this boom in production, some companies were growing so quickly, that not a lot of forethought was able to be put into how much was being spent on equipment. Domestic energy companies grew rapidly and simply did what they had to in order to meet their needs: more employees, more equipment, more vehicles, and more technology.
Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) is an annual safety campaign organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), observed during the first week of October. Union Leasing is committed to promoting safe driving including preventing distracted driving. Distracted driving is an important issue and sometimes it takes a tragic, real world example to make us all understand the true danger involved, and to make a change.
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.
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: