FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
September 19, 2017


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Live from Las Vegas — the 2017 AFLA Conference!

We are filing from Las Vegas and the 2017 AFLA Conference which is enjoying a record-breaking attendance. Monday afternoon, AFLA president Michael Bieger teased the audience with an announcement of a new educational opportunity for fleet professionals: A Mini-MBA. Details of the program to debut in 2018 are expected before the end of the year.

In Safety & Risk this week, we learn that the rear-end collision is the most common type of automobile crash. The Driving Dynamics Safety Team says, “When you’re driving, the one space you can completely control is the distance from your vehicle to the vehicle in front of you.” So, how do you control that space – your own safety zone?

Enjoy the issue and check back with us at FleetManagementWeekly.com for daily updates!

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.

Fleet Spectator — A 360 view of the fleet industry.

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

VIDEO: Social Acceptance and Autonomous Vehicles

At this point, the biggest limiting factor on autonomous vehicles is social acceptance. But, at some point, we might all have to let go of the steering wheel.

VIDEO: Knowing the Difference

  The Significant Differences Between Safe-Driving Vehicles, Self-Driving Vehicles and Driverless Vehicles

Pioneer Alain Kornhauser gives us a great explanation of the big differences between Safe-Driving Vehicles, Self-Driving Vehicles and Driverless Vehicles.

VIDEO: The Power of Stories

  Don’t Let Stories Get Lost in Favor of Data

Leadership expert Doug Keeley points out that stories are very powerful, and that you should never let data points get in the way of great storytelling.

The Fleet Spot

NAFA’s Next Webinar: EMV, Mobile, and the Future of Fleet Payments – Register Now!

EMV, Mobile, and the Future of Fleet Payments

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Payment technology is rapidly evolving along the parallel tracks of convenience and security. Drivers want to pay the easiest way possible, while fleet managers need bullet-proof protection for those payments and the data that surrounds them.

This webinar tackles technological progress in payment at the pump, in the store and in the maintenance shop. We’ll look at status of the of EMV “chip” card technology, explore mobile payments, and preview future payment options.


Driving Dynamics Named a 2017 Top 20 Health and Safety Training Company

Driving Dynamics Inc. announced today it has been selected as a 2017 Top 20 Health and Safety Training Company by Training Industry Inc. as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies.

Selection to the first annual 2017 Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies List was based on the following criteria:

  • Breadth and diversity of health and safety training offerings
  • Ability to deliver training in preferred modalities
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Geographic and vertical reach
  • Quality of clients


Body Repair Shop Selection: Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Nightmare Repair?

By John Wolford, CEI Vice President, Business Process, Quality, and Sourcing

Choosing a body repair shop is one of the most important decisions a fleet can make.

If you don’t have a ready network of high-quality body shops at your disposal when a fleet accident occurs, lots can go wrong:

  • Damage that makes the vehicle unsafe to drive – like a crooked frame or broken wheel rim — can be poorly completed or left undone.
  • You can be charged for needless repairs or needlessly redundant repair steps.

NJ TRANSIT Partners with ARI to Help Slash Maintenance Budget

By adding strategic leasing to its vehicle acquisition model, the agency spent nearly 10 percent less to maintain a newer non-revenue vehicle fleet in FY2017

Like most public transportation agencies, NJ TRANSIT’s motto for its fleet of nearly 1,000 work vehicles needed to support its rail and bus operations was “purchase, power through, then purge.”


Safety & Risk

The Driving Dynamics Safety Team

One-third of all crashes involving two or more vehicles, almost two million annually, are rear-end collisions.

More than 85 percent are caused by a combination of insufficient following distance and driver inattention.

When you’re driving, the one space you can completely control is the distance from your vehicle to the vehicle in front of you. This distance is known as your safety zone. It can give you a One Second Advantage™, not only in reacting to situations that arise in front of you, but around and behind you. Awareness of the vehicles in front of you and those behind you is critical in managing your safety zone to prevent rear-end collisions.

A safety zone of at least two seconds is recommended during normal conditions. Inclement weather, traffic conditions, and personal preferences could all require the safety zone to be larger.



Workforce Mobility

Runzheimer recently released its 11th Annual Workforce Mobility Benchmark Report.

The report assesses the growing need for organizations across multiple industries to support accurate and automated reporting for business vehicle policies and mobile mileage logs through mobile technology.

Here are some of the key findings from Runzheimer on the increasing importance of mobile technology within reimbursement programs:

•Nearly half of companies identify the elimination of manual and paper-based processes as a top business pressure for managing expenses
•Mobile technology creates an 84 percent reduction in employee administrative burden for mileage reporting
•A company with $3 million in reimbursements can save $525,000 per year by using mileage capture technology

Click here to read the report


The Fleet CX Toolkit

By Wendy Eichenbaum

Remember the last time you participated in a product brainstorming session.

You sat with your colleagues in a meeting room, and came up with as many ideas as possible. At the end, everyone organized the ideas into logical groups. The moderator recorded all of the ideas. You went off to your next meeting.

A few months later you heard about the new features for the product. But these were the same ideas that management had discussed all year. What happened to all of those innovative ideas you came up with during the brainstorm?

Brainstorming is a spontaneous method to compile ideas. It allows team members to consider new and better ways to delight the customers. But too often, the effort ends there. Exciting ideas are forgotten in meeting notes. Team members never see their own ideas considered. They feel no sense of ownership, and lose interest in participating. Brainstorming it a great generation tool, but alone it’s not sufficient to generate new designs.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Aggressive and risky driving behaviors linked to greater accident rate

Consumer Affairs

Researchers say young drivers turn aggressive when angered on the road.

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in heavy city traffic or on a congested highway, then you may be all too familiar with how aggressive some drivers can be.

But a new study shows that being aggressive behind the wheel comes at a cost.

Lead author David Herrero, a lecturer at the University of the Basque Country, says that risky and aggressive driving behaviors result in more accidents. In fact, even aggressive thoughts while driving can have their drawbacks.


Advancing Automation for Safer Roads


You’ve likely heard about automated or “self-driving” vehicles. There’s a lot of talk about how they’ll be safer, more convenient, and change how we get around.

But what’s the reality?

The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are working to support the development of automated vehicle safety technologies because of their potential to save lives.


BMW Mulling Possibility of Eliminating Car Keys

The Detroit Bureau

Ubiquitousness of cell phones drives possibility.

Everyone has scrambled around the house, searching for keys sat down in some place not remembered. BMW is considering making that harried episode a part of our past by eliminating keys for its vehicles in the future.

The Bavarian automaker may convert the key function to an app that can be loaded onto one’s cell phone since everyone has a cell phone, noted Ian Robertson, the company’s board member responsible for sales.


G.M. Chief, in China, Challenges Planned Bans of Gasoline Cars

The New York Times

Cars should run on gasoline for a little while longer.

So argued Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, who on Friday cautioned against the growing trend of officials in China and a number of other countries making plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars.

Speaking in Shanghai on Friday, Ms. Barra said her company was making a big push to develop electric cars but that consumers, not government dictates, should decide how cars are powered.


Tattling for Cash

The Drive

Let’s get it out of the way—texting and driving is bad.

So bad, in fact, that a new startup is encouraging those on the road around you to pick up their phones, assuming they’re a passenger, and submit a short video clip of your wrongdoings to it for cash.

Text to Ticket is a newer startup based out of San Francisco, California. It was formed when a group of friends were crossing the street and were nearly hit by a car who was distracted by their phone and nearly ended their life.



Staying Safe on the Road


New-car safety remains a prime shopping consideration among new vehicle buyers.

Nobody wants to drive a death trap, and to be sure, today’s cars are safer than ever, with many offering the latest high-tech accident avoidance features to add yet another layer of protection.

The most significant of these latter-day active safety features is forward-collision mitigation.



Autonomous Driving Research

The Guardian

In early August, residents of Arlington, Virginia, spotted an unmarked silver Ford Transit van cruising around town without a human behind the wheel.

Local news publication ARLnow caught the ghostly vehicle on camera and speculated that it was part of Virginia Tech’s autonomous driving research.

A couple of days later, NBC reporter Adam Tuss approached the vehicle on foot and peered inside, only to see hands poking out from the driver’s seat holding the steering wheel.


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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