FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
July 18, 2017


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Road Rage Turned Deadly

Road rage gun violence? In Fleet Spectator, Mark Boada describes a recent road rage incident in the Philadelphia area that ended in tragedy. It wasn’t an anomaly; he cites a study that found that cases of road rage involving firearms more than doubled over the last three years. And he gives us some reasons why this violent behavior is on the upswing.

Do you think you’re an above average driver? Driving Dynamics’ instructors ask that question of their trainees and typically the vast majority say yes. But are they really? In Safety & Risk, Art Liggio offers his unique perspective on driving performance and how fleet drivers can become above average, even great drivers.

Finally, we love this editorial in today’s New York Times: A Brighter Future for Electric Cars and the Planet.

Enjoy the issue and check our website FleetManagementWeekly.com for daily updates on the latest news of interest to the fleet industry.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

Thought Leadership

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

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices for work truck management.

Globally Speaking — Perspectives on the Multinational Fleets

Customer Driven — Engage your organization to create customer loyalty, trust, and superior service

On Fleet Driver Management Solutions to improve your fleet’s accident rate and cut costs on collision repairs

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

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

BIG Data. BIG Results. BIG Future– Harnessing big data to achieve big results using cutting edge technology.

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

VIDEO: Remarketing

In the latest Kontos Kommentary, Tom Kontos, Chief Economist at KAR Auction Services, provides his insight and updates regarding used vehicle market conditions. To read the entire Kontos Kommentary for June 2017, visit https://www.adesa.com/kontos-kommentary

VIDEO: An Age of Dynamism

  Excitement and Anxiety in Public and Private Fleets

We are living in an age of incredible dynamism in both the public and private sectors of the fleet industry.

VIDEO: ELD Compliance
  An ELD Compliance Solution Aimed to Enhance Driver Experience

This ELD compliance and hours-of-service solution from Samsung and Magellan is also geared to enhance driver experience, and to encourage recruiting and retention.

The Fleet Spot

Driving Dynamics Under New Ownership, Positions Company for Growth

Driving Dynamics Inc. has announced an ownership change.

This news follows the retirement of company founders Bill Buff and Paull Hubbard.

Art Liggio joined the company in 2008 with a plan to grow the business. As the managing owner, he has acquired full ownership of Driving Dynamics together with majority owner investment firm Intuitis LLC, with offices in New York and Paris and Delancey Street Capital Partners, based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.


LeasePlan USA Names Senior Vice President of Operations

LeasePlan USA has appointed Juan Perez as senior vice president of operations, overseeing the teams that manage the lifecycle of vehicles, from vehicle acquisition to remarketing.

“Our aim as an operations team will be to advance innovation while maintaining the client experience that sets LeasePlan apart,” said Perez. “Our team is committed to delivering the promise to each and every client we serve.


Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar

New to fleet? Register for NAFA’s Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar (EFMS).

This 3-day, live event is your chance to learn alongside a classroom of fleet managers, about the fundamental principles of running an efficient fleet. You will also have the opportunity to network face-to-face with other fleet professionals!

October 16-18, 2017, Renaissance Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA. Register by September 15, 2017 and save!

You can download the 2017 Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar agenda by clicking here


Donlen Integrates GM OnStar Data with DriverPoint Telematics to Improve USIC Fleet Telematics Program

Donlen announces that their DriverPoint Telematics solution is now integrated with OnStar directly. Donlen is the first fleet management company to offer this integrated solution to customers to improve program efficiency.

With the integration, the DriverPoint system will receive driver behavior and location information as well as vehicle diagnostics data directly from the vehicle, allowing fleet professionals to take full advantage of DriverPoint and its integration within our FleetWeb platform without the need for an OBD-II device.


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

Each year Driving Dynamics trains thousands of drivers across North America through its one day, behind-the-wheel advanced safety courses.

During the group discussions our instructors normally ask trainees to ‘raise their hand if they feel they’re above average drivers. Invariably, the vast majority do raise their hands backed up by comments such as: “Well yes, I’m an excellent driver. I haven’t had a ticket since I was a teenager.” “You bet I am, I haven’t had an accident or a fender bender in over 20 years.” Hey. I know everything there is about driving correctly. As a matter of fact, I just taught my kid how to drive.”

These interesting anecdotes go on and on, but do most people actually believe they are above average drivers?


Accidents and Marijuana

The Washington Post

Last week, a pair of studies came to seemingly opposite conclusions on whether rising marijuana use is causing an increase in car crashes in states that have legalized the drug.

The first, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, analyzed insurance claims for vehicle collisions filed between January 2012 and October 2016. The IIHS researchers compared claims in states that had recently legalized marijuana (Colorado, Washington and Oregon) with claims in similar neighboring states that hadn’t.


Fleet Spectator

Fleet managers, take note: driving is increasingly bad for our health.

By Mark Boada, Senior Editor

It’s Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., rush hour, on a hot day last month in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, a bucolic suburb some 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Bianca Roberson, 18, is driving home from a trip to the mall in a green Chevy Malibu, going 60 mph south-bound on busy, divided state highway Route 100 where the lanes narrow from two to one.

As she approaches the merge point, alongside she sees a red Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 28-year-old Greg Page, competing with her to merge into the single lane. Police say the two are engaged in a high-speed “cat and mouse game” when Page lifts a handgun and fires through his window at Roberson. She’s hit in the head and is probably dead before her car crashes into a wooded area on the side of the road.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Auto Safety Gear: What’s it Worth to You?

CBS News

Would you pay more for new car options with a proven chance of avoiding accidents? Apparently, most consumers won’t. A recent survey shows that only 8 percent of respondents own cars with automatic emergency braking — the most crucial new safety feature.

That’s leading Nissan to make automatic emergency braking standard, with no extra charge, on the estimated 1 million vehicles it will sell in the U.S. as 2018 models. This will cover seven of the most popular Nissan models: Rogue and Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra.


Howes: In New Auto Ecosystem, Winning Requires Change

The Detroit News

The emerging “automotive ecosystem” of the future may not be particularly kind to Detroit.

Not because the likes of this town’s automakers aren’t changing. But because they’re not changing fast enough to blunt the competitive onslaught from high-tech Silicon Valley heavyweights loaded with cash and a knack for delivering high returns on invested capital, says a new report from Alix Partners, a global consultancy.


So Near But Yet So Far. NFC Just Beginning to Find a Home in Cars

The Detroit Bureau

Bluetooth? Meh. In-car WiFi? Ancient history. Automakers are just starting to roll out a new wireless technology that could offer motorists a number of advantages.

It’s known as Near Field Communications, or NFC for short, and if you have a relatively recent smartphone you might already know some of its uses. Among other things, NFC is the system used by Apple for its iPhone payment system.

Automakers have been talking about adding the technology for a number of years.


Fleet Safety Tips: 5 Best Practices for Safe Forklift Use

By: Elise Hardy, Regional Vice President, Material Handling Equipment Sales, Element Fleet Management

Fleet safety – for all asset types – is something every organization strives to improve. Safe use of material handling equipment allows for a more productive warehouse working environment.

In case you missed it National Forklift Safety Day was last month and here are some tips to help you spread the word on material handling equipment safety:


Autonomous Vehicles

San Francisco Chronicle

The small white cars topped with what look like stubby metal antennas swarm in and out of an unmarked San Francisco building like bees around a hive.

They’re a daily sight in their South of Market neighborhood, to the point that smartphone-obsessed pedestrians rarely even notice them. Passersby also may not realize that much of the time, the cars are driving themselves.

These cars, equal parts Detroit and Silicon Valley, are the creation of a San Francisco startup, Cruise Automation, and General Motors, which bought Cruise last year for well over half a billion dollars.


Electric Vehicles

Bloomberg Technology

The world’s biggest oil producers are starting to take electric vehicles seriously as a long-term threat.

OPEC quintupled its forecast for sales of plug-in EVs, and oil producers from Exxon Mobil Corp. to BP Plc also revised up their outlooks in the past year, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance released on Friday. The London-based researcher expects those cars to reduce oil demand 8 million barrels by 2040, more than the current combined production of Iran and Iraq.


Tesla's Challenge


In just two weeks, Tesla will start delivery of the Model 3, its long-awaited $35,000 sedan.

After handing over the first 30 sets of keys, Elon Musk will hustle back to the factory, where he hopes to build 20,000 more of the “affordable” electric cars by the end of 2017. Then production really accelerates: Musk has pledged to build 500,000 cars in 2018, more than double the total number of vehicles that Tesla has sold, to date.

Even if Tesla can deliver all those cars, cashing checks is but a tiny part of building an automotive business.


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 78 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.

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