The experts at Mercury Associates are able to act as seasoned mentors for fleet managers, providing extra resources when necessary to help get important projects completed.
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt qualifies for Top Safety Pick+, the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Volt, a plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid that can travel 53 miles without gas on one charge, was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The 2016 model wasn't tested, but the Institute evaluated the 2017 model as part of a testing program of electric vehicles. Results for the other vehicles will be released at a later date.
The Volt earns across-the-board good ratings for crashworthiness. Its performance in the small overlap front test was an improvement over that of the previous generation of Volt, which earned an acceptable rating. The new version had less intrusion into the occupant space.
"If you want safety, start with driver behavior." A bit of clear, simple, but very wise advice from Donlen’s Tom Callahan, whom we feature in today’s first video.
Speaking of safety, make sure you also check out today’s Safety & Risk column, from Driving Dynamics Simulation Training Manager Mike Griffin: "Discovery Learning and Practicing the Un-Practicable Benefits of Instructor-Led Driving Simulation Safety Training"
We’ve also got a great video from AmeriFleet’s Kathy Massey on the fantastic sensitivity and grace her company brings to the table when picking up vehicles from terminated employees. It's a tricky situation, but one AmeriFleet knows how to do right.
We’re coming to you this week from AFLA's Annual Conference in San Diego, where we’re seeing some old friends, meeting some new ones, and listening to some great speakers. Even if you weren’t able to make it to AFLA, we urge you to watch Cyber Security - Live Streaming from AFLA tomorrow at 9:45 am Pacific (12:45 pm Eastern).
Fleet suppliers gained equal footing with their fleet manager colleagues in NAFA when NAFA Members overwhelmingly approved changes to the Association’s bylaws, giving those suppliers the ability to vote and serve on the national board.
“This has been a long time coming,” said NAFA President Ruth Alfson, CAFM. “NAFA’s bylaws had remained virtually the same since the day NAFA was incorporated in 1957, so it is about time we recognized our Affiliates as the valued partners they are. Besides that, though, this is the right strategic move for NAFA to make.”
Michael Griffin has joined Driving Dynamics, Inc. in a newly created position as Manager, Simulation Training Services.
In this new role Mr. Griffin will report to Art Liggio, President and collaborate with training services and sales leadership to leverage his expertise to develop and deliver safety courses, grow market share for instructor-led simulator training and provide ongoing support and service to Driving Dynamics clients.
By Greg Neuman, CEI Senior Manager of Quality Control
Fleet managers are under constant pressure to reduce costs and save money, so it’s no surprise that many look to save on collision repairs whenever possible.
In fact, third-party accident management companies like CEI compete on the basis of being able to do exactly that: find ways to make the customer pay less for parts and labor.
But it’s a false economy when a fleet vehicle is repaired in a way that saves money in the short run but exposes the vehicle to even more severe damage or threatens the health and safety of the driver in another crash. Just one fatality or one serious injury can wipe out the savings from hundreds of repairs where cost was the primary or only consideration -- not to mention the associated human costs.
Saving money on collision repairs is a legitimate and achievable goal. But it takes special expertise and a commitment to careful reviews of repair estimates to strike the right balance between short-term savings on the one hand, and long-term savings and driver safety on the other.
Ford Motor Co. is expanding its business to include shuttle and bicycle services in select cities as it moves beyond selling cars and trucks.
Dearborn automaker on Friday made a series of announcements in San Francisco. Among them: Ford will acquire shuttle service Chariot, and expand it from San Francisco to five other cities globally over the next 18 months.
It will partner with bike-share service Motivate to add stations and 7,000 Ford-branded bicycles in the Bay Area by the end of 2018. And it is launching a “City Solutions” team as part of its Smart Mobility subsidiary to work with governments.
eDrivingSM announced that its Virtual Risk Manager® (VRM) product was recognized with BusinessCar's "2016 Techie Award" in the Risk Management category.
Ed Dubens, Executive Vice President of eDriving's FLEET division, stated: "This exciting recognition for one of our flagship products is not only a testament to measurable and meaningful results for our clients, but salutes the team of innovators behind VRM - who truly understand what it takes to reduce risk, increase fleet efficiencies and make our roads safer for everyone."