FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
March 31, 2015


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Fleet Leadership & Mentorship — Pay it Forward!

In just a couple of weeks, at the 2015 NAFA Institute & Expo in Orlando, the president’s gavel will be passed from Claude Masters, CAFM to Ruth Alfson, CAFM, and a new slate of officers will be introduced. It’s exciting, and we offer our congratulations to these very talented and dedicated fleet leaders.

In the March-April issue of NAFA’s publication Fleet Solutions, we thoroughly enjoyed reading about both Claude and Ruth, and then turned to another engaging article: “The Presidents of NAFA Fleet Management Association,” wherein Past Presidents of NAFA thoughtfully articulate the vital importance of strong leadership and mentorship to their careers.

Along the way, many of us have had the great and good fortune to have been mentored by a leader who has made a difference in our careers — and our lives. If you would like that leader to be recognized in a future column, just send me a note and tell me a little about them (and you). I have a couple of my own.

Janice Sutton
Executive Editor

INDEX: Find All of the Fleet News and Information You Need on Newly Redesigned FleetManagementWeekly.com

All posts from the newsletter can be found on our newly redesigned web site, FleetManagementWeekly.com,

Browse these categories:

Association News  — Find out what’s going on at associations of importance to the fleet community.
Fleet Trends & Issues – Check out articles about current fleet issues and trends
Fleet Safety –  Read news about various aspects of fleet safety, including interviews of fleet safety leaders
Fleet Videos – Watch video clips of fleet newsmakers
Interviews – Read Fleet Management Weekly’s interviews with industry leaders.
Telematics — Learn about the latest in fleet telematics news

Read monthly columns: Fleet Marketing, Fleet Asset Management, The Mobile Employee, On Accident Management, The Fleet Customer ExperienceThink Global Plan Local, The Fleet CX Toolbox, and Fleet Safety.


VIDEO: A National Safety Epidemic - Cell Phones

Cell phones are creating a national safety epidemic, and the implications for your fleet are huge. And it’s important to realize that the device is not the problem.

VIDEO: Understanding Your Customers
  Customer Intimacy and Customer Experience

AmeriFleet drivers are often the first face seen representing the fleet industry, and they’re expected to get it right. And one important part of that is understanding who the customer is.

Click here to watch video
VIDEO: Fleets and Legislation
  Lightning Rod Legislative Issues

This must-attend keynote panel at NAFA I&E focuses on the big legislative issues that are impacting fleet today. Panelists from the EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Energy will all weigh in on what current and upcoming legislation means for fleets.

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The Fleet Spot

Skyler Austin Element Fleet Management Promotes Skyler Austin to Regional Director of Sales

Element Fleet Management is pleased to announce the promotion of Skyler Austin to regional director of sales. Austin previously served as a regional manager and was responsible for the management of business relationships across the Southwest region.


Robert Stevens Robert Stevens Elected Green Truck Association Chairman

The Green Truck Association, an affiliate division of NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, recently elected new officers of its Board of Governors.

Robert Stevens, vice president of strategy for ROUSH CleanTech (Livonia, MI), will serve as the 2015–2016 chairman of the Green Truck Association. Stevens accepted this responsibility from preceding chairman Bill Burns, fleet operations manager for City of Columbus, Ohio (Columbus, OH).


Doug Cartland Master Time and Stress at AFLA’s Mid-Year Forum

Join AFLA at the Holiday Inn O’Hare in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 30th from 9 AM – 4 PM CDT for their second annual Mid-Year Forum!

Doug Cartland will guide attendees through how to “Master Time and Stress and Make them Work for You.” Doug is an adviser to CEOs and an expert in leadership and management skills and has successfully trained and coached leaders at all levels. Doug believes that “skilled leaders getting the most out of motivated employees” is the key to any organization’s prosperity.

Other sessions include: READ MORE

Orlando Fleet Management Pros Put the Pedal to the Metal and Head to Orlando

NAFA expects thousands of industry professionals at its annual Institute and Expo (I&E) in Orlando, Fla., April 14-17. The four day event, designed by fleet managers for fleet managers, delivers new information, ideas and important updates on the latest in fleet management.

“NAFA’s I&E is the must attend for all fleet professionals,” said NAFA’s Chief Executive Officer, Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “We offer an expansive expo hall, a hands-on test track for law enforcement professionals and allow members to both investigate the educational program and test for their certifications.”

A sample of events and sessions include the following: READ MORE

Debunking Webinar Myths

By Mike Agron

You should try to think of a webinar like a radio show with pictures. A good webinar can breathe life into existing content such as case studies, research reports, and whitepapers, etc.

A demand generation webinar is not about selling; rather, it’s about educating and making your audience more intelligent about a particular topic so they can make more informed decisions that ultimately influence the purchase of a sponsor’s products or services.

While there are many dos and don’ts for producing and delivering webinars, I’ve found that there are 3 webinar myths that need to be debunked for you to have successful outcomes that also delight your audiences.


Teens and Distracted Driving

Memo to parents: Distracted driving by teenagers is riskier than previously thought, particularly when it comes to multitasking with a cellphone. This is one finding of research that provides sobering video evidence of the extent and nature of the problem.

The study entailed putting video cameras in the cars of drivers ages 16 to 19, allowing researchers to watch the excruciating moments before nearly 1,700 crashes. Time and time again, teenagers in the videos — which will be made available to the public — lose themselves in their devices and then are jarred back to reality when they slam into another car or careen off the road.


Finding GPS Tracking That's Right for You

Northwest Tank serves gasoline companies throughout the west with the highest quality petroleum systems testing and environmental compliance solutions available. They were already using a GPS system to deliver better customer service and drive more efficiency in the field. But Remy Cano, the President of Northwest Tank was looking for a solution that could provide accurate information directly off the engine computer especially with regard to idling, actual fuel used and driver behavior.

Remy’s research revealed that traditional black-box systems were not easily able to provide this level of detail without an expensive upgrade that involved taking vehicles out of service and waiting around for installers to show up. So he expanded his search to look for an affordable solution that could be installed quickly, was easy to move around between vehicles and was comprehensive in functionality.

Remy’s search led to a few providers that he then put through a comparative analysis. In the end, he chose the Azuga G2 solution based on overall functionality, customer support and willingness to partner on the product roadmap.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Carmakers are in Hot Pursuit of Fleet Sales to Law Enforcement Agencies

Fleet sales are an important part of U.S. automakers’ bottom lines, and none have more cachet or higher visibility than a contract with a law enforcement agency.

In addition to producing a reliable source of revenue, being chosen by a high-profile police department is a badge of honor. Putting officers in their cars gives Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge an advertising boost.

“This is absolutely a good marketing opportunity for us,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, marketing manager for Ford’s police vehicles. “This is a division we want to be in.”


NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind Tackles Technology Revolution In Automotive

Mark R. Rosekind has taken the helm of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at a critical juncture for the federal agency. Not only did he fill the role of NHTSA Administrator in the midst of the massive GM ignition-switch and Takata airbag recalls, but also at a time when technology is quickly transforming automotive.

The car industry is facing enormous changes due to innovations ranging from autonomous driving to vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and these will also have a profound influence on NHTSA’s main priority of ensuring vehicles are safe and reducing traffic deaths.


Cheap Batteries Under the Hood Add Power to Cut Fuel Consumption

Next-generation hybrid cars combining electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient.

Battery packs for electric vehicles, loaded with lithium-ion cells, now cost around $496 a kilowatt-hour, a 60 percent drop from 2010. That could plunge to $175 within five years, according to Sam Jaffe, an industry analyst with Navigant Consulting Inc.


Toyota and Lexus to Introduce Low-Cost Auto-Braking System

Toyota Safety Sense is designed to support the driver’s awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds.
When the next-generation Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus RX models come to market later this year, they will offer new, low-cost automated braking packages that, the maker hopes, will bring this technology within reach of a mass audience.


Distracted Drivers Doing What?

Pop quiz: What percentage of drivers have brushed or flossed their teeth behind the wheel? While it’s crazy to think that anyone would floss their teeth while cruising down the highway, it’s just one distraction that people admitted to in a new survey from Erie Insurance.

To discourage distracted driving in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Erie Insurance asked drivers what they do behind the wheel. Answers included PDAs, changing clothes, and going to the bathroom.

READ MORE and see highlights of the results shown in an info graphic on CNN Money.

Think Global, Plan Local

By Kristofer Bush, Vice President, Marketing, LeasePlan USA

A global LeasePlan Monitor survey looks into driver preference of company vehicles.

When looking at driver preference, 80 percent of all fleet drivers see the size of the vehicle as the most important selection criteria. Size appears to be a universal reason for choosing a vehicle, but what else is influencing driver decisions? And what does this mean for the future of fleet?


No More Tickets?

“But officer…” If you’ve ever tried to explain your way out of a speeding ticket, claiming you didn’t know how fast you were going, or what the local limit was, you might want to check out the new Intelligent Speed Limiter that Ford is launching this year.

A number of vehicles now display the local speed limit on their navigation screens, some using cameras to ensure that the limit hasn’t changed since the navi database was created. The system being introduced in the next-generation Ford S-Max people-mover goes the next step, and actually controls the speed of the vehicle itself.


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