October 19, 2022

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What a Week It Was!

Last week’s AFLA 2022 ‘Forward Together’ corporate fleet conference was exceptional. It was clear that we were all excited to be together. The sessions were outstanding; the networking — a cornerstone of the AFLA conference experience, was divine; and the desert setting was breathtaking.

This week, Rich Mallek, Director of Business Development at FLD Remarketing offers us his thoughts on the conference and the state of the fleet industry.

Kudos to the AFLA conference team for a marvelous experience and special thanks to AFLA president Mike Antich, Editor and Associate Publisher at Automotive Fleet. It was an honor of a lifetime to be inducted into the Automotive Fleet Hall of Fame, as well as to accept the same award for the late Chuck Parker. I spoke with Chuck’s family afterwards and related the kind comments I heard about Chuck. His fleet and automotive career was extensive and he touched many of our lives.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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Phones are the biggest risk on the road today, and that’s why LifeSaver Mobile created a much-needed technology to minimize transportation risks for your organization.

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  Invaluable Experiences with AFLA

For corporate fleet manager Emily Garza, being an AFLA member has been an invaluable experience, and the same is true for her work with the AFLA Conference Task Force.

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  Road Safety: Put the Phone Down

There were nearly 43,000 fatalities on the roads last year, many of them due to distracted driving, and that’s just not acceptable. It’s important to remember that the fleet industry is uniquely positioned to make our roadways safer.


NTEA Extends Work Truck Week® 2023 Exhibit Hours; New Exhibitor Pavilion Returns

Attendees will have more time to check out the latest commercial vehicles, equipment and technology from 500 companies at Work Truck Week® 2023 thanks to extended Work Truck Show exhibit hours.

Work Truck Week takes place March 7–10, 2023, at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. It encompasses The Work Truck Show®, Green Truck Summit, Ride & Drive, educational conference, and more. Green Truck Summit is March 7.


The Fleet Forward Conference in Santa Clara

Now in its fifth year, Fleet Forward Conference (FFC) is designed to deliver fleets solutions on electrification, connected vehicles, autonomous technology, last-mile and shared mobility, next-generation telematics, and more. 

Now in its 11th year, the Fleet Safety Conference returns to an in-person event and joins forces with FFC. Attendees will pay one registration fee to access both events and choose between concurrent seminars. 

The 2022 FFC agenda also includes an expanded ride and drive for attendees to experience new electric vehicles, mingle with product experts, and experience new technologies behind the wheel in a larger outdoor interactive space.


Introducing The Fleet Poll

When it comes to hot trends and burning questions, there’s plenty going on in the world of fleet. This week we officially launch The Fleet Poll, sponsored by our friends at FLD, so that we can get your take on what is happening out there. We all have our thoughts, opinions and prognostications – and we encourage our readers to participate in the process.

The poll will gauge industry sentiment around five key topics dominating the fleet landscape, including: Vehicle Availability; Supply Chain Issues/Shortages; Gas Prices and Inflation; EV Integration; and Industry Disruption. 

This week’s question is “Are supply chain issues getting better, worse or staying the same?” CLICK HERE to TAKE THE POLL.

Introducing Proactive Driver Coaching: Empower Drivers to Build Safe Habits on the Road Introducing Proactive Driver Coaching: Empower Drivers to Build Safe Habits on the Road

Driver safety is always a top priority—but in a tight labor market, a strong safety program is more important than ever for organizations seeking to attract and retain talent.

The commercial driver shortage has increased safety concerns, as experienced drivers leave the industry and newer drivers take their place.

This shift has brought even more attention to the importance of driver training and coaching.


Making Fleet Management Manageable

Fleet management software lets your operation keep all of its information in one place.

This means no random spreadsheets scattered around with important information like when vehicle registrations are due, when driver’s licenses need to be renewed, and more.

Storing this information in your FMIS lets you easily access the information and know that it’s stored in a safe location.

More and more you might be asked for specific information about your fleet’s productivity. This can be easily accessed through an FMIS. You can run reports on a variety of issues, from vehicle downtime to Total Cost of Ownership, to technician productivity, and much more.



AFLA in Tucson

by Richard Mallek, Director of Business Development, FLD Remarketing

Like most of fleet, the team here at FLD was eager to attend last week’s AFLA Conference in Tucson – especially given that this would be the first time the full AFLA family would be together since the dawn of Covid.

And while we were unsure what to expect, this year’s conference turned out to be a well-attended affair with – by unofficial accounts – more than five hundred attendees, a near 40% increase over 2021.

It also turned out to be a highly productive, fast-paced event with attendees going from one informative session to the next from sunup to sundown.

No matter whether you’re a fleet management company, an upfitter, a remarketer, or one of the scores of allied service providers, there are five topics that are dominating the discussion and dictating your approach to business.



Winter Driving

We have officially left the summer months and entered into autumn, which means it is time to start preparing your operations for the harsh winter ahead.

We don’t mean taking out your thick work gloves and thermals just yet (thankfully), but with the weather’s increased unpredictability, there are early steps you can take to ensure your fleet is running as smoothly and safely as possible before the temperature drops.

Winter fleet operations bring unique problems in addition to the usual fleet requirements. However, planning ahead of time, using predictive maintenance, and routinely inspecting your cars and trucks can help your operations go more smoothly.

In fact, with these helpful tips, rather than simply preventing, you’ll be able to see a better return on your investment. Prepare for any mishaps by having your maintenance personnel do predictive maintenance, stocking up on key equipment, and keeping essential supplies on hand.



Used EV Prices Finally Stabilizing in US

Used electric vehicle price stabilization is great news because, based on price, Recurrent reports that only 12% of used EVs on the market today would qualify for the tax credits that begin in January 2023 as part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

The IRA includes a used EV credit that will be applied at 30% of the purchase price with a cap of $4,000.

All used plug-in electric vehicles with batteries that are at least 7 kWh are eligible if the model year is at least two years earlier than the calendar year in which the taxpayer acquires it and the cost of the used EV is under $25,000.

via electrik

California Asked to Sue Hyundai, Kia Over Ongoing Vehicle Thefts

Hyundai and Kia owners are not happy. Owners in recent months have faced ongoing threats or unfortunate successes of having their vehicles stolen due to Hyundai’s lack of installing engine immobilizers.

Then the Kia Boys entered the picture, with a video demonstrating just how easy it was to steal those vehicles making the rounds online. When Hyundai presented a poor solution that would cost owners a significant chunk of change, vehicle owners banded together to take on the automaker in a lawsuit.

This morning, MLG principal attorney Jonathan Michaels sent a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom asking for the state to initiate litigation against Hyundai over the thefts.

via Jalopnik

Roundabout and Traffic Circle Rules You Should Never Break

Driving through roundabouts and traffic circles can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with them. Motorists must obey the rules of these circular intersections to ensure pedestrian and car safety. Here are some of the most crucial roundabout and traffic circle rules you should never break.

Enter the intersection only when your vehicle is within the designated lane. Drivers who try to cut in front of oncoming cars in the circle could get a ticket. Also, if a vehicle is so large that it doesn’t fit within the circular pattern, it might cross several lanes of traffic at once, so drivers should proceed with extra caution.

Maintain a constant speed around the traffic circle or roundabout, and strive to keep an open line of sight with other nearby drivers.

via MotorBiscuit

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving

National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 16-22, provides the perfect opportunity for parents to talk with teens about safe driving habits.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) encourage parents to discuss safe driving habits with their young drivers and to be sure teens know the rules of the road before they get the car keys. Ultimately, parents are in control.

There were 2,276 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2020; 748 of the deaths were the teen driver. In 2020, an estimated 90,564 teen drivers were injured in traffic crashes and an estimated 153,566 people were injured in crashes involving a teen driver, accounting for almost seven percent of all roadway injuries that year.

via PR Newswire

Gas Prices

President Joe Biden apparently has a plan in the works to reverse gas prices that have jumped an average of 13 cents in the last week.

The president noted that gas prices have dropped by about $1 per gallon since the beginning of summer, “But the price of gas is still too high, and we need to keep working to bring it down. I’ll have more to say about that next week.”

He provided no specifics while talking to a group in Los Angeles about bipartisan infrastructure investments, but it’s possible further releases from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve could play a role. White House officials have offered no formal comment about what action the president is considering.

via The Detroit Bureau


Interview with Steve Jastrow

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Management Weekly Contributing Editor

Each quarter, Element Fleet Management conducts research to uncover the latest macroeconomic trends affecting fleets.

The latest Trends brought to you by Element report for 2022 Q3 identified three major trends impacting the fleet industry.

1. The increased adoption of EVs,
2. Continued supply chain challenges, and
3. Increased maintenance costs.

Steve Jastrow, Element’s vice president of consulting & analytics, expanded upon the 2022 Q3 Report to help fleet managers meet their 2022 objectives and start budgeting for 2023.



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