July 26, 2022

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Data is a Powerful Tool
CEI has released two exciting new driver self-monitoring
and self-managing mobile apps: DriverCare Connect and DriverCare CoPilot. How effective are they? “We’ve seen a 30% reduction in distraction events after just 30 days using the DriverCare CoPilot solution,” says Brian Kinniry, CEI’s Director of Safety and Collision products. Impressive!

Department of Forecasting
What’s going to happen in the used vehicle market for the balance of 2022? In his midyear report, FLD remarketing expert Bill Bishop examines the myriad factors influencing the market. FLD’s latest expansive White Paper is also available.

Driving Change
Don’t miss NETS Podcast: A Global Epidemic of Road Crash Fatalities and Disabilities. Also, note that registration is open for NETS annual conference STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® — October 5 & 6 in Ann Arbor, MI. We can’t wait!

Drive Safety,

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Make Sure Your Fleet Policy Covers Distracted Driving

The roads keep getting more dangerous, and it’s more important than ever that your fleet policy covers distracted driving.

VIDEO: Safety Solutions

  Two Different Game-Changing Safety Solutions from CEI

CEI Offers DriverCare Connect and DriverCare CoPilot – two different and distinct solutions that were built specifically to keep your drivers safe on the road.

PODCAST: A Global Epidemic of Road Crash Fatalities and Disabilities


NETS has assembled leading global road safety experts to discuss the latest in road safety technology, innovations, and best practices.

We were especially impressed by the timeliness of this podcast titled “A Global Epidemic of Road Crash Fatalities and Disabilities”


Bain Capital, ADIA to Acquire Merchants Fleet

Merchants Fleet t announced that Bain Capital and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Merchants Automotive Group

The members of the Merchants leadership team will remain in their current roles and will be co-investors in the business. Chief Executive Officer Brendan P. Keegan will also assume roles of president & chairperson.

“The growth Merchants has achieved over the past five years is unrivaled in the industry, and the new ownership group—Bain Capital, ADIA and our leadership team—share a steadfast commitment to keep our clients on the cutting edge of commercial fleet through continued innovation,” stated Keegan.


Forward Together: AFLA 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference

Join AFLA for its 2022 Corporate Fleet Conference in beautiful Tucson, Arizona

The conference will begin Monday, October 10, 2022 with networking opportunities that evening.

All sessions will begin on Tuesday, October 11th with the conference concluding at 12pm on Thursday, October 13th.

Mark your calendars now to join AFLA for “Forward Together.”


Four Indications That Fleet Has Finally Found Its Next Normal

There’s no doubt that the last two years have been tough, but several indications are leading FLD’s team of expert observers to believe that fleet may finally have entered its next period of “normal.” 

Find out why — download the latest whitepaper from FLD.

Registration Now Open for NETS Hybrid Conference Event ~ October 5-6, 2022

Mark your calendar! Plan to join NETS on October 5 & 6, 2022 at the beautiful Marriott at Eagle Crest, Ann Arbor, Michigan

NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers.

Conference participants include NETS member companies from diverse industries, representing a collective global fleet of more than half-a-million vehicles that travel nearly 11 billion miles annually.


CEI Enhances Driver Safety

By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

Data is a powerful tool. The telematics data from a vehicle can help fleet managers plan routes, monitor fueling, and optimize maintenance schedules.

But the latest area in which data is changing the game is arguably the most important: driver safety.

The top priority of every fleet manager is the safety of their drivers. Fleet managers need to monitor driver behavior to reduce the number of vehicle collisions and keep drivers safe.

Companies like CEI offer tools and resources to help fleets ensure the safety of their drivers. With the release of their newest systems, CEI is using telematics data to its fullest potential.




By Bill Bishop, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FLD Remarketing

Fleet not only learned to survive the constant stream of never-ending challenges, but it also found ways to thrive despite them.

And while the industry appears to be a ways from returning to the carefree days before the pandemic, it appears the worst may very well be behind us. While that’s hardly a promise that things can’t take a step back, several indicators lead us to believe that won’t be the case.

In all likelihood, used wholesale prices will stay flat to slightly higher through the rest of 2022, and that they’ve already fallen as far as they will.



EV Live

General Motors is all-in when it comes to educating the public about the various facets of electric vehicle (EV) ownership.

GM is introducing EV Live, a comprehensive one-stop online experience as a means to answer any and all questions, whether about the vehicle itself, what’s involved with charging at home or on the road, as well as a wide range of other relevant topics.

EV Live is more than just a website where you merely read and search for topics of interest. When you visit the site, you enter Live studio which features active displays of EVs, chargers for home and public use, and batteries.



Ford F-150 Lightning Real-World Range and Fast-Charging Test: How Far and How Fast?

July 22, 2022The first time a new electric vehicle owner drives far enough that they need to charge in the middle of a trip, they face two hard truths: EVs almost never achieve their advertised ranges when it really matters, and even the fastest charging stations are slow compared to a gas pump.

According to Ford, the Lightning can cover 230 miles with the standard battery and up to 320 miles in XLT or Lariat trim with the optional extended-range battery. A real-world range testing achieved 255 miles, or 15 percent less than its EPA-rated 300 miles.

The Lightning added 74 miles after 15 minutes of charging and extended that to 133 cumulative miles after 30 minutes. With 45 minutes on the clock, the Lightning had gained 189 miles of range, and after an hour of charging, the electric truck had put on 214 miles of range.

via MotorTrend

Rivian CEO Plans Wide Range of Electric Commercial Vehicles

July 24, 2022Rivian is planning a broader range of electric commercial vehicles in a variety of shapes and sizes, and expects to be building millions of EVs a year at multiple plants after 2030.

“We’re thinking about many other aspects of the commercial space outside of last-mile delivery (including) cargo and work vans,” Chief Executive R.J. Scaringe said. “We’ve had a whole host of discussions with other customers.” He didn’t identify the other potential customers.

Scaringe said Rivian also is planning a smaller family of commercial vehicles, which could share some components with the company’s upcoming R2 electric crossover, due to start production in 2025 at a new $5 billion Georgia plant. That series will be built on a new platform with “a smaller footprint, a smaller form factor” than the EDV-700 that’s being shipped to Amazon.

via Autoblog

Popular Pickups Fail IIHS Seat Belt Reminder Test

July 19, 2022Out of 10 pickups recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for effective seat belt reminders, only one — the Toyota Tundra crew cab — earns a good rating, while five are rated poor.

“National belt use observations show that people driving or riding in pickups are less likely to buckle up than occupants of other vehicles, so effective reminders are especially important for these vehicles,” says IIHS President David Harkey.

To earn a good rating from IIHS, a seat belt reminder system must generate an audible signal and visual alert on the dashboard display, overhead panel or center console when the vehicle is moving at least 6 mph and the system detects an unbelted occupant in the driver or passenger seat or the unfastening of a second-row belt that was previously buckled.

via IIHS

Chevrolet and Ford Full Size Pick-Ups Most Stolen Vehicles for Second Year in a Row

July 19, 2022For the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full size pick-ups took the top two spots in the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual Hot Wheels vehicle theft report, and the GMC full size pick-up made the top 10 list.

Of the nearly 1 million total vehicles reported stolen in 2021, 14% of passenger vehicles were Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC full size pick-up models. The Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle rounds out the four U.S. models most stolen in 2021.

“Used car values are at historical highs,” said David Glawe, President and CEO of NICB. “We have seen a nearly 35% increase in used car values over the last two years due to supply chain issues and inflation. Stolen cars can be shipped overseas and resold or broken down for valuable used car parts here in the U.S.”

via NICB

J.D. Power’s APEAL Study

J.D. Power just released the findings from its annual APEAL study, which ostensibly asks new vehicle owners about how satisfied they are with various facets of their new vehicle’s look and feel.

It seems, however, that the real key finding this year is that new owners are likely to be less satisfied than in previous years with their new car due to increased fuel costs, despite how excited they were to purchase the vehicle in the first place.

“The most important factor leading to the industry decline this year is owners’ perception of their vehicle’s fuel economy,” said David Amodeo, director of global automotive at J.D. Power.

“The study was fielded as fuel prices were experiencing a meteoric rise, and that pinch at the pump is conveyed in lower vehicle satisfaction, Battery-electric vehicles have not been negatively affected by the increase in fuel costs but do have issues related to battery range and charging time.”

The downturn in overall new vehicle satisfaction this year represents the first time since 2014 that this indicator has declined.



Dangerous Roads

July 23, 20222020 and 2021 saw the biggest spike in over 50 years to a total of almost 43,000 traffic fatalities per year, turning the roadway fatality clock back to 2002. In short, something’s not working as well as it did.

“The United States has chosen not to develop automotive safety standards that are designed to protect pedestrians, both in terms of testing and (vehicle) requirements,” says Yonah Freemark, senior research associate at the Urban Institute. European autos are rated on pedestrian impact in a collision, where US car safety ratings focus primarily on how well the car protects those inside of it.

Listen to Yonah Freemark’s conversation with CNET’s Brian Cooley to hear what he believes could bend the curve of US road fatalities, perhaps to new lows that vehicle technology itself might never deliver.

via CNET


Well-Trained Drivers

By Art Liggio, Chairman, Driving Dynamics

From a safety perspective, the goal of seeking “Understanding” is to transform a driver from an “Unconscious Incompetent” to a “Conscious Competent.”

I’ll get to this in a minute but first, we all know that our national crash statistics, including fatalities, are rapidly getting worse. So, what’s going on?

Depending on who you talk to or the research you examine, you quickly come up with a multitude of answers identifying the issues that are contributing to this dilemma.

Fleet and safety professionals have been actively pursuing and implementing fixes, but it always seems, especially in recent years, that it’s difficult to push through and obtain tangible, lasting results.


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