October 15, 2019

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Sharing the Road, Curbing Costs and Driving Wellness

The other day, I watched in horror, and gasping relief, as a big rig driver used his One Second Advantage to avert a potentially harrowing crash. All because a car cut him off in a merging lane, in rush hour traffic, on an approach to a bridge!

So, when I read this month’s thought leadership piece from Driving Dynamics, I gave silent thanks for that awesome big rig driver. And I will remember the excellent tips from Bruce Davisson in Cruising with the Big Rigs – Safely Sharing the Road with Large Trucks.

Booster Fuels’ founders started with a simple idea: deliver fuel to cars. Now, the company has expanded coast-to-coast and has added routine maintenance to their services. Booster says mobile fuel delivery can save fleets up to $1500 per vehicle per year. Impressive! Learn more in How a Gas Station on Wheels is Giving a Boost to Fleets.

Don’t miss Mark Boada’s piece on the 2019 NETS conference that concluded last week. He recaps the conference highlights and talks to the theme of the 2019 NETS’ Drive Safely Work Week: ‘Driven to Wellness’ – the link between driver wellness and safety.

We warmly congratulate Phil Russo, former CEO of NAFA Fleet Management Association, on his new position at PMA Management Associates.

Enjoy the issue and drive safety!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: The Paradox of Driver Assist Technology

Driver Assist technology is pretty amazing, but it only works if drivers know how to use it properly and safely.

VIDEO: Vehicle Graphics and Your Brand

 Vehicle Graphics and Smart Brand Stewardship

Graphics are a relatively inexpensive part of the average fleet vehicle, but they have an extremely important role when it comes to brand stewardship.

VIDEO: Canadian Fleets

 AFLA Canada-USA Fleet Summit Happening in February 2020

AFLA has announced a Canada-USA Fleet Summit that’s happening in Toronto in February. This event will be a forum for idea sharing, and for understanding the differences and similarities that fleets face in Canada and the U.S.

The Fleet Spot

Phil Russo Takes the Helm at Two Veterinary Associations

By Janice Sutton

Over the years, many of us in the fleet industry have had the opportunity to work with or alongside Phil Russo, former CEO of NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Whether Phil was interacting with a committee, organizing an event, or sitting for an interview with me, I appreciated his graciousness, wit, and passion for our industry.

You may have heard that in August the NAFA Board of Directors made the decision to not renew Phil’s contract and kindly offered him the option of leaving the organization at once.

Which is where our story begins…

Alain Duez Joins the fleetcompetence Group

The fleetcompetence Group has grown significantly over the past two years, now covering 40 countries with a team of more than 55 national and international fleet and mobility experts around the globe.

In order to keep pace with the growing demand for fleet and mobility consulting services, Alain Duez has taken an International Senior Consultant role within the international team.

“Alain Duez possesses a great deal of industry expertise, which perfectly contributes to our international fleet & mobility consulting services,” says Thilo von Ulmenstein, Managing Partner, fleetcompetence Group. His deep knowledge of the fleet management industry as well as the entire supply chain of fleets, together with his international consulting experience, will bring great value to our clients.”


Autorola and Sofico Partner to Integrate INDICATA and Miles

Gemar Hompes

Autorola, a world leader in online remarketing and automotive IT solutions for professional fleet management, and Sofico, a global reference for software in the leasing and financial services industry, are going to work together to add a new dimension to the dynamic management of vehicle fleets.

Under the new agreement, Sofico will integrate INDICATA’s real-time data into its Miles solution. Miles has been specially developed to provide flexible and functional end-to-end solutions for the efficient management of vehicle fleets, and the integration of this data will contribute to real-time insights at both the individual vehicle and portfolio levels.


Donlen Releases New DonlenDriver Application to Increase Driver Productivity

Donlen is pleased to announce the release of its new DonlenDriver application.

DonlenDriver is an application that gives drivers easy access to the tools they need to successfully complete their jobs. The new DonlenDriver application has been given a modern redesign in an effort to continue making the application more user friendly.

Fleet managers and drivers have access to the same rich vehicle and driver data, allowing drivers to stay in compliance with their company’s fleet policy. The new application also leverages industry-leading security authentication processes.

For more information about Donlen’s best-in-class fleet management solutions, visit www.donlen.com.

Safety & Risk

By Bruce Davisson, Director of Behind-the-Wheel Safety Training & Operations at Driving Dynamics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) revealed that there was an increase of fatalities in truck-involved crashes from 2017 to 2018.

And, another report found that more than half of passenger vehicle drivers involved in these fatal truck crashes were cited for driver-related factors—fatigue, speeding and inattention.  While truck drivers are highly skilled and licensed to operate larger trucks, there are limits to how well they can see and react to other smaller vehicles nearby.

With more than two million tractor-trailers on the road drivers of light-duty vehicles must be aware of logistical challenges, such as braking distance, larger blind spots and turning space required, when controlling a large truck.



A Gas Station on Wheels

Booster Fuels Expands Coast-to-Coast: Winning New Customers, Awards and Closing a $56 Million Round of Funding

By James Solada, Marketing Director

When it comes to managing your fleet, efficiency is critical.

Fuel efficiency has long been viewed as a way to manage cost, but Booster customers have found it to be one of the most effective ways to unlock non-productive time and gain back employee efficiencies.

Booster Fuels is a gas station on wheels. Booster improves operational efficiency for hundreds of business partners by bringing fuel and routine maintenance services directly to 35,000 vehicles every week. From business shuttles and ambulance services to landscaping and delivery providers, Booster works with fleets in every industry. Learn about how Booster has improved Serpico Landscaping’s operations.

“What started as an idea of eliminating the gas station errand has turned into so much more,” noted Frank Mycroft, founder and CEO.



Fleet Spectator

Campaign to launch before year-end

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety’s (NETS’) upcoming Drive Safely Work Week campaign, a recurring fleet safety program that provides employers with a toolkit to promote safe driving, will focus on the link between roadway crashes and driver health and well-being, the organization revealed last week.

NETS Executive Director Joe McKillips announced the campaign theme at the organization’s record-setting 2019 Strength in Numbers Annual Benchmark Conference, held over two days last week in Arlington, Virginia.

“Wellness on many levels is often the forgotten side in road safety, especially given all the other challenges we have on the road, whether it be distractions, speeding or failure to use vehicle restraints,” said McKillips. Under the banner of “Driven to Wellness,” McKillips said the campaign will encourage fleet safety leaders and drivers alike to take steps to reduce fatigue, stress and the risks for serious illness that extended driving causes, and which contribute to highway crashes.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Used-Car Price Tumble Spells Trouble For The US Auto Market


Falling used-car prices last month were a major contributor to subdued inflation for the U.S. economy.

Auto analysts warn this could be a lasting trend with major negative implications for new-vehicle demand.

The 1.6% monthly drop in used-car prices last month was the biggest decline in a year, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The overall core consumer price index increased just 0.1% from the prior month, a smaller gain than expected.

“It’s only going to get more competitive for the new side,” Charlie Chesbrough, Cox Automotive’s senior economist said Thursday during a tour a Michigan auto-auction facility run by Manheim, which Cox owns. “If we continue to see used prices decline, it will provide another value option, another buying option for folks who are in the market.”

Read the article at Bloomberg.

Why More Americans Drive Automatics Than Europeans


Fewer and fewer people are driving cars with stick shifts in the United States.

According to CarMax, 96 percent of Americans drive automatics. Contrast that with Europe, where almost everyone learns to drive a stick shift.

Americans are much more likely to be multitasking when they’re driving. That is not the case with the rest of the world.

Europeans are also more likely to own higher-end cars. You would never see a manual Porsche Cayenne in the United States. But you will in Europe. They also prefer manual transmissions because they use less fuel.

Read the article at MSN.

Getting a Fast Charge is Often Anything But Fast, Except For Tesla


Los Angeles is a hot spot for electric vehicles, but what if you can’t charge at home?

EV charging stations are hit-or-miss with location and functionality. Long lines, slow or non-working charging stations leave EV owners frustrated.

Tesla is head and shoulders above all other EV makers because of its Supercharger network, which Tesla started building as soon as the Model S appeared (2012).

Tesla did what GM,Nissan, and just about every other EV maker should’ve done a long time ago. No wonder Tesla sells so many EVs. It’s not just the car, it’s the network.

Read the article at Forbes.

Dyson’s Plan to Enter Electric Vehicle Market Was Doomed From The Start

South China Morning Post

Inventor James Dyson has abandoned its $2.5 billion plan to make an electric car.

Why? Dyson says they’re simply too easy to make.

Combustion engine cars need about 30,000 components, an electric vehicle needs just 11,000 parts. That reduction in complexity has lowered the barriers to enter the automotive market and caused a surge in the number of new carmakers.

Dozens of start-ups have entered the competition over the past few years. Standing out from the electric vehicle crowd would have been quite the challenge.

Read the article at South China Morning Post.

Electric Vehicles

The Detroit Bureau

Today’s cars already need less service than those from the 1960s and 1970s, one reason we see fewer gas stations with repair bays.

More battery-electric vehicles on the road will require charging networks and could threaten even those service stations that survive.

Battery-electric cars are expected to be simpler to produce, and they should also prove far simpler to maintain and service, meaning the impact on jobs likely will be felt far beyond the confines of the factory.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.


Disruptive Leadership

By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group, Inc.

If you operate in a mature industry like ours and you’re not feeling threatened by disruption, chances are high that your company could be left behind.

It may take years, but with more than 70 percent of all businesses worldwide facing a serious threat of disruption, your company’s viability, as it exists today, is in question.

If you think I’m telling you that the sky is falling, consider this: the average tenure on the S&P 500 stock index of the most successful U.S. companies shrank from 33 years in 1964 to 24 by 2016 and is forecast by Innosight, a global consulting firm, to shrink further to just 12 years by 2027.



New Mobility Services


Last October, Pittsburgh hosted a private consortium that aims to bring a range of “new mobility” services across the city.

Led by the dockless bike and scooter startup Spin, the group also includes Zipcar, Ford Mobility, Waze, the scooter parking solution Swiftmile, and the Transit app.

The companies collaborated in response to a request for proposals from Karina Ricks, the city’s director of transportation. They’re aligned around at least one common goal: reducing the 56 percent of commuters in Pittsburgh who drive alone by offering car-free transportation options that customers can access and book through a single platform.

Read the article at CityLab.

Fleet Management Resources


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eDriving partners with its clients to engage with drivers and their managers to create a culture that supports lasting behavioral change to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations as well as a fleet’s total cost of ownership.

SuperVision is a fleet driver management solution for MVR & license monitoring, fleet management, fleet safety oversight and driver performance and retention.

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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.

WEX fuel cards and fleet management solutions give you powerful tools to reduce spending — for any business, any fleet, any size.

Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.

PARS’ mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.

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