FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
May 17, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Looking Ahead

It’s nearly summertime, and there is much to look forward to – including long, sunny days, relaxing and vacationing with friends and family, and Fourth of July fireworks.

We are just beginning to set our sights on AFLA’s annual conference, being held in San Diego in September. In our lead video, Bill Elliott talks about the amazing networking opportunities that AFLA has to offer. By the way, the Early Bird discount only lasts until 6/10. Have you registered yet?

Here at Fleet Management Weekly, we are always looking for more smart, engaging content for fleet professionals. This week we debut our new TCO Trends – Expert View column, which we believe is going to be a winner!

Ted Roberts
President & Chief Content Officer

Thought Leadership

Fleet Marketing – Guiding principles for fleet providers to improve marketing and increase sales.

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices for work truck management.

On Accident Management Learn ways to save money on your fleet’s collision repair costs.

Safety & Risk — Impactful driver safety and risk management tools and techniques.

The Fleet CX Toolbox – Solid steps to implementing and improving fleet customer experience.

The Sustainable Fleet – Strategic approaches to bring about a smarter, cleaner fleet.

BIG Data. BIG Results. BIG Future– We look at harnessing big data to achieve big results using cutting edge technology.

Talent Management – Smart guidelines to help you manage the talent in your workplace.

TCO Trends – Expert View — A global look at fleet total cost of ownership trends.


VIDEO: Excellent Networking Opportunities at AFLA

AFLA’s small, close-community feeling allows for some truly amazing networking opportunities.

VIDEO: The One Second Advantage
  Driving in the Rain

Smart tips for driving in the rain from Driving Dynamics — a one-second advantage can make a world of difference.

VIDEO: XL Hybrids
  Up to 25% MPG Improvement with XL Hybrids

The charge-sustaining battery electric hybrid system from XL Hybrids creates value for fleets in five different ways – including fuel savings improvement of up to 25% more mile per gallon.

The Fleet Spot

geotab-drive-tablet-mockup NAFA And Geotab Announce Partnership Agreement

Acknowledging the superior benefits of NAFA’s education, fleet technology service provider Geotab has entered into a partnership agreement the Association.

“NAFA is pleased that Geotab has recognized the value and career-changing benefits of CAFM® education and certification,” said NAFA CEO Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “The Association is constantly refining the CAFM curriculum to ensure it provides the most relevant and current fleet education. Geotab’s partnership confirms that value and will enableGeotab representatives to benefit from CAFM education.”

“As a leader in open platform telematics, providing top fleets with business intelligence for better decision-making, Geotab believes strongly in the power of management by measurement,” said Colin Sutherland Executive Vice President, Geotab.


Wheels W Wheels named among InformationWeek’s Elite 100 tech organizations

Wheels, Inc. was named number 83 on the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 list of the top technology companies in the U.S. 

The prestigious InformationWeek Elite 100 list is published annually and spotlights the power of innovative business technologies provided by some of the world’s best-known companies.  Wheels has now been included on InformationWeek’s rankings for 15 of the past 16 years.

Wheels’ inclusion on this year’s list was primarily based on the introduction of its newly redesigned online fleet management tool, FleetView.


Jakob Cormier Jakob Cormier, CAFM, Named Recipient Of NAFA Foundation’s Willard DaSilva Student Scholarship

The Willard H. DaSilva Student Scholarship, presented by the NAFA Foundation during the Association’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo, is both a reward for a worthy student’s commitment to the fleet profession and a symbol of the support the current generation of fleet provides the next.

On April 20 in Austin, Texas, the NAFA Foundation continued this tradition by awarding Jakob Cormier, CAFM, the 2016 Willard DaSilva Student Scholarship.


Money Element’s Fleet TCO Index Reflects 14% Drop

Element Financial Corporation today debuted its first Element Fleet Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Index, a proprietary annual look at major cost categories affecting vehicle fleets, bringing greater clarity to company vehicle expense for businesses.

The inaugural Fleet TCO Index shows that the total cost of having a vehicle fleet fell by 14 percent (14 points) from 2014 to 2015.


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics

I had reached a certain age; grown the requisite oversized waistline (I’m being kind to myself) and now sported a graying beard. Like tens of thousands before me sharing these similar traits, I purchased my first motorcycle. Go figure! And I have to say I’m enjoying the heck out of my weekend rides.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. While many drivers may be subject to the antics of certain motorcyclists, by far most of the people who ride motorcycles are just like you and me, average Joes and Janes who enjoy their hobby and are mindful and respectful of everyone’s safety on the road.

And because we need to share the road with all types of vehicles I want to offer several techniques to help create greater awareness of the particular hazards that may be encountered when on the road with motorcyclists.


The Unique Risk of Texting and Driving

Huffington Post

Texting while driving may pose a unique risk compared to other forms of distracted driving, according to an experiment recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Unlike driving while absent-minded or driving while emotional, driving while texting actually caused study participants to drive unsafely by deviating from the lines. Comparatively — and counterintuitively — the cognitive and emotional distractions actually made participants drive even more safely and in an even straighter line.

The researchers attributed this hyper-focus despite distracting thoughts to a “sixth sense” that corrects driving deviations.


TCO Trends - Expert View

By Eelco van de Wiel, Managing Director, FleetInsurancePlus

European fleet consulting firm FleetVision has formed a unique partnership with FleetInsurancePlus to define a proper fleet insurance strategy taking into account risk profiles and corporate culture.

Optimal insurance structures, optimal pricing, improved risk profiles, enhanced reporting, and monitored supplier performance are the elements in the mix for an optimized total cost of insurance.

The difference between ‘best in class’ and the market average amounts to 600 Euro per vehicle per year


Fleet Trends & Issues

Parents Who Set Rules Produce Safer Teen Drivers

The Detroit Bureau

Teachers often say that students thrive in classrooms with clear rules and expectations and a new study shows that concept translates to the road when teenage drivers get their license.

Parents who lay out clear guidelines and parameters and then model those behaviors develop the safest drivers.

A research study from Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation reveals that teens who are given rules about what they can do when driving are less likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel.


Feds Finally Know Why Takata’s Airbags Keep Exploding


After spending years searching for the cause of deadly ruptures in Takata airbags, federal safety officials believe they finally know why certain inflators spray lethal amounts of shrapnel at motorists.

Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said a review of ongoing investigations into the cause determined that a combination of time, temperature fluctuations and moisture make chemicals in the airbags degrade.

“The science now clearly shows these inflators can become unsafe over time,” he said.


Car Door Windows Don’t Stop UV Rays


Car windows don’t protect against harmful sun exposure, so it might be a good idea to wear sunglasses and sun block even while driving, a new study suggests.

While windshields blocked the vast majority of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, car door windows offered varying levels of protection from the rays that are tied to cataracts and skin aging.

“Some cars were as low as 50 percent blockage,” said researcher Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler of the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hill, California.


6 Best New Cars for Teen Drivers: Safe, Efficient, and All Less Than $20,000

New York Daily News

Lots of lucky teenagers get a new car in the summertime, either because they’ve graduated from high school or because they’re heading off to college in the fall. If you’re a parent and you’re thinking of getting your kid a new car this summer, this list of the 6 best cars for teen drivers is an essential read.

Before you take a look at our recommendations, though, it’s important to understand how we determined the finalists.

Each of the six vehicles listed below had to meet the following criteria:


Marijuana and Driving


Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

New research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving.

Washington was one of the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and these findings raise serious concerns about drug-impaired driving with at least 20 states considering marijuana legalization this year.


On Accident Management

By John Wolford, CEI director of client and network services

In most areas of business where people and companies want to get the best value for their dollar it’s common practice to seek three estimates instead of just one. It’s a practice that some fleets still follow for collision repairs, but the truth is it’s not necessarily the best approach and at times could just be the worst.

Your goal should be to obtain the correct estimate, not necessarily the lowest. That’s because there are ways for shops to keep an estimate low, and not all of them are good, like using inferior parts, materials or repair methods, or simply failing to recommend all the repairs that might be necessary.


No More Buttons?

The Car Connection

You certainly wouldn’t be an outlier to think that a vehicle dash that’s cluttered with individual buttons looks so dated.

It’s been nine years since Apple introduced the first iPhone, which replaced the typical cellphone’s suite of buttons and replaced it with a capacitive touch screen and a home button.

And with as much time that we spend with our smartphones and tablets, it’s not surprising that consumer preferences for vehicle interfaces are closely mimicking that of the devices they carry in their pocket.


Fleet Management Resources
AFLA – Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association
Providing the advanced forum for corporate fleet professionals to network with industry leaders.
The CEI Group Inc.
CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.
NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.
Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.
Since 1965, Donlen has been the fleet management industry’s leading provider of comprehensive, integrated financing and asset management solutions — and that spirit of innovation continues today.
PARS' mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.
Driven fleet professionals. Driving results.
Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.
Wheels, Inc.
First in fleet for 76 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.

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