The National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) conference took place last week (April 18-20) at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Hotel in California, and it was such a great opportunity to meet and network with professionals from all walks of the industry. A little unique and different from past conferences I’ve attended, there were no Fleet Managers present at the event, but more auto manufacturer representatives, small leasing companies, as well as banks, other lending institutions, insurance companies, and upfit and equipment companies.
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Outsourcing your fleet management will help you stress less over the small processes of managing your fleet, and will allow you to focus more on the things that truly matter for your business. Here, we outline key reasons to keep in mind if you're considering outsourcing your fleet management, but just don't know if it's the right decision for your business yet.
A couple of weeks ago we talked all about the pros and cons of diesel fuel options; regular, renewable and biodiesel. Renewable gas is an alternative fuel option that works much like regular gasoline, but is sustainable, often cleaner, and, essentially, in infinite supply. This week, we want to address the “green” options for gasoline and answer some of the questions you may have floating around in your mind. Questions such as: “What are the different options? How do I choose which is best for my fleet? Can I blend a new option in or will I have a scheduling nightmare on my hands trying to switch over?”
Drivers are the life-force of your fleet. Keeping drivers happy and healthy is not only in everyone’s best interest, but it can actually increase productivity. So, it should come as no surprise that teaching, promoting and demonstrating proper ergonomics to your employees is a smart move. And, as there are quite a few scenarios for potential injury with manual materials handling, we’ve compiled a list for you of dos and don’ts when it comes to cargo handling ergonomics.
Pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections are a best practice for every fleet, and for good reason. They keep drivers in tune with their vehicles, while carving out time to catch any maintenance or safety issues before they become a road-side call. Inspections also have the added benefit of helping the vehicle last longer and wear better.
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.
When we think about fuel economy, our minds tend to go right to the type of vehicle in use. We think about smaller, lighter vehicles, or hybrid electric models. This makes sense, but it doesn’t help our fleet after the deal is done and the vehicle is sitting in the lot.
The good news is no matter what type of fleet you’re managing, there are always ways to save on fuel. That’s because the way vehicles are driven and maintained contributes to miles per gallon. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 25%. Ideally, however, you’re performing regular preventative maintenance, which the DOE says will increase fuel mileage by an average of 5%.
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.
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:
Union Leasing is excited to announce our forthcoming series of educational posts: Fleet Management 101. By learning from all of the posts in this series you will build a significant foundation of knowledge about fleet management terminology and best practices.