Last week, Union Leasing attended the annual Avenues to Independence Golf Outing, which took place in Chicago, Illinois. Avenues is a non-profit organization that provides homes, jobs, and community living programs to adults in the Chicago area with physical, intellectual, and other developmental disabilities. Their goal is to provide work and living opportunities to those with disabilities, enabling them to be as independent as possible. It was a great event held by wonderful people – we met with a few customers and vendors, and got to network a little while enjoying the day out golfing!
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You’ve come to the realization that your business needs a fleet – now what? The next step is deciding if you should lease through a dealership or use a fleet management service. But how to decide? We’ve compiled a list of the benefits of using a fleet management company to help make that decision just a little easier.
Winter. It comes every year, and yet we tend to freeze up when first faced with the adverse driving conditions it brings. Black ice, blowing snow, and mechanical failures are some of the leading reasons behind the many winter-related accidents reported by businesses every year. This year, get ahead of the winter challenges your fleet faces. We’ve compiled a list of winter driving tips to share and discuss with your drivers to help keep everyone safe and warm throughout the season.
It used to be that commercial leases came as one fixed offering: fleets were given a monthly rate that was determined by the lease duration and expected mileage. This option (the closed-end lease) is still available, but now fleet managers have another leasing option that allows for more flexibility: the open-end lease.
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:
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.
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 your fleet’s safety in these warmer months?
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As it stands, 44 states have bans on text messaging while driving and 12 states ban any mobile phone use while driving at all. Some states have even gone as far as banning operating navigation devices while in a moving vehicle. It’s clear that this is an issue lawmakers are taking seriously. A look back at our blog about distracted driving safety statistics shows us why. Understanding the laws around distracted driving as well as your company's liability is the next step in ensuring you have a safe fleet on the road.