May 31, 2023

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None of Us Needs to Travel Alone

Our fleet community is exceptionally supportive of one another. A superb example is Wheels’ Carlos Oropeza’s article in AFLA’s May Fleet Insight: From Being Stuck to Unstuck: Tactics to Help You When Your Mind is Against You. We thank AFLA for giving us permission to reprint it.

Oropeza writes: “As a fleet family, let’s continue to look out for one another and offer a helping hand if we see someone struggling because they are stranded on the side of the emotional road. May your journey always take you to your final destination—and remember that none of us needs to travel alone.”

Today, May 31st, is the last day to take advantage of the early bird pricing for AFLA’s Palm Spring’s conference October 2-5. We were delighted when we learned that Mike Pitcher would be keynote speaker. He knows us, he knows our industry, and he is inspirational!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: How to Evaluate Video Dashcam Offerings

If you’re searching for a video dashcam solution, it’s important to know that there’s a product that is the right fit for every company’s needs when it comes to operations, risk management and pricing – as explained by this industry expert who works with various vendors and all sorts of fleets.

VIDEO: Making Smart Hires

  A Better Way to Hire Talent

Whether you’re hiring technicians or any other position, it’s critical to know how to find the right applicants – and that’s where HireClix can help.

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We now conduct the majority of our interviews via Zoom, and are looking to speak with a variety industry experts (and we know that many of you are reading!).

Please feel free to suggest yourself, or someone you know. Any and all timely industry topics will be considered, and we look forward to speaking with you!

Email Ted Roberts to learn more: [email protected].


AFLA Palm Springs Conference Will Feature Mike Pitcher as Keynote Speaker AFLA Palm Springs Conference — Early Bird Pricing Ends May 31st!

2023 sees the fleet industry as a recognized essential component of the successful flow of goods and services for the world – an advantageous position. In this year’s opening keynote, Mike Pitcher will leverage his four decades of experience in technology, finance, and fleet to explain why he, and AFLA, are confident the Best is Yet to Come.

Book your travel to join AFLA in October. Register before June 1st to save with Early Bird pricing.


NAFA Fleet Safety Symposium 2023: The Road to Safety NAFA Fleet Safety Symposium 2023: The Road to Safety

NAFA’s Fleet Safety Symposium dives deep into the most critical aspects of fleet safety programs, ensuring you, as a fleet manager, have critical insights on fleet safety technology, policies, driver training, emerging legislation, and trends.

The Road to Safety – June 22-23 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

The need for effective fleet safety programs that ensure a safe work environment for employees throughout the industry could not be more urgent.

Discounted Member Rate: $349 | Nonmembers: $449
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FMW Brand Acceleration FMW: New Branding and Marketing Support for Fleet Product and Service Providers

Customized Approach Ensures a Perfect Fit from Tactical Projects to Integrated Strategic Efforts

Whether your business has an internal marketing team, relies on an agency, or calls on multiple specialists, FMW has a new, customized, fleet-specific branding program — FMW Fleet Brand Acceleration – that can meet any marketing and sales generation need or budget.

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Pedal to the Metal: A Guide for Small-Midsize Fleets to Accelerate Business Pedal to the Metal: A Guide for Small-Midsize Fleets to Accelerate Business

Small-midsize fleets play a crucial role in daily life, but the demands they face continue to climb. Managing these demands while maintaining a profitable, service-oriented fleet is easier with the right tools, like a transportation management system (TMS).

More than 35% of fleets today use a Transportation Management System (TMS) for efficient operations and a better bottom line. But there are a lot of choices, and it’s important to find the TMS that fits your business, rather than adapting your business to fit a TMS.

Read “Pedal to the Metal” to understand what the right TMS can do for your fleet.

A Culture of Safety

By Adam Danielson, Director, Business Development & Sales, SuperVision

Now more than ever, safety has become a top priority for many fleets.

In addition to protecting drivers and the public, companies are realizing that a focus on safety also maximizes company assets and cuts unnecessary operational costs.

As a result, driver training programs are becoming more comprehensive and effective, helping to improve driver risk profiles and curtail liability costs from accidents.

But these benefits are only part of the safety story.



Mental Health

By Carlos Oropeza, Wheels

(This article first appeared in Fleet Insight, AFLA’s member newsletter, May 25, 2023)

Recently, I was struck by an essay written by a teenage relative. How often have any of us been in this place of being “stuck” and yet not recognizing it as a mental health issue?

I don’t need to tell you that being a fleet professional is stressful. We face numerous challenges that keep us up at night, such as cost reduction, driver safety, doing more with less, staying up to date with data for strategic decisions, and staying on top of the latest fleet trends.

As a fleet family, let’s look out for one another and offer a helping hand if we see someone struggling because they are stranded on the side of the emotional road. There are so many mental health resources available, but the first step is to acknowledge your situation.



Fleet ZERO

Colorado state officials are dangling $7 million to changeover fossil fuel use in the state to clean-generated electricity.

The fund is part of $310 million in electrification funding available through the Colorado Energy Office and other state agencies in coming years. The budget is also committed to tax credits for new and used electric vehicle purchases.

Fleet ZERO offers grants for building fast charging stations to local governments or private businesses that run large groups of light-, medium- or heavy-duty electric vehicles.

The government has done its job requiring manufacturers to produce increasing percentages of clean electric vehicles of all sizes, state regulators say, and now Colorado must ease the change with grants for charging and other support systems.

via Yellowscene


Hyundai CEO Reveals US EV Leases Are Climbing as Buyers Take Advantage of IRA Tax Credit

Hyundai has been on a roll in the US as the automaker embraces the industry’s transition to electric vehicles. The automaker says EV leases are climbing as buyers take advantage of the tax credit provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

After the new IRA guidelines took effect in April, electric models with assembly or battery minerals sourced outside the US or its free trade partners lost eligibility. A recent update from the IRS allows foreign-assembly models to bypass the law if the vehicles are leased rather than purchased outright. This is because leases are interpreted as commercial business in the law and, as a result, are eligible for the $7,500 tax credit.

via Electrek

The Future of Connected Cars Starts with Emergency Vehicle Detection

If you own a late-model Stellantis vehicle, you might notice something odd. A warning may pop up on your center screen, your radio or nav covered by a single black box with two lines of text: “CAUTION” “Emergency Vehicle Approaching.”

Fifteen seconds later, you start hearing sirens and seeing lights — there are emergency vehicles approaching. How did the car figure it out before you did?

The answer has nothing to do with light sensors or microphones. Instead, it relies on cloud-based software for tracking emergency vehicles. It’s called Hazard Enhanced Location Protocol, or HELP, and it alerts nearby vehicles when an ambulance, fire truck, or other emergency vehicle needs to get by.

via Jalopnik

IIHS, Consumer Reports Update Teen Vehicle Recommendations for 2023

Families looking for a safe, practical set of wheels for a recent high school graduate or other young driver can choose among 46 used vehicles and 16 new ones on this year’s teen vehicle list from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports (CR).

“As parents, we can’t control what happens on the road once our teen driver pulls out of the driveway,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at CR’s Auto Test Center. “But we do have some say in the type of vehicle they drive off in, and that can make a huge difference. This list can help parents find vehicles that check all the boxes.”

via IIHS

Ford’s Deal with Tesla May Encourage Other Carmakers to Follow Suit

A host of car manufacturers may follow Ford’s lead in partnering with Tesla to gain access to the electric carmaker’s expansive network of Superchargers across the United States.

The deal between Ford and Tesla will see the former send adapters to owners from next year allowing their EVs to be charged through the Tesla Supercharger network. In 2025, Ford will then start to produce EVs with the Tesla charging port, officially known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS), replacing the current Combined Charging System (CCS) port. Tesla currently has approximately 17,000 charging stations across the United States and Ford’s EV owners will gain access to 12,000 of them from next year.

via CarScoops

Driver Safety

By Brian Kinniry, Senior Director of Product Management, The CEI Group

Automated Driver Assistance Systems have revolutionized driver safety in the past 20 years. As a result, auto manufacturers are adding more advanced safety features to every model year. ADAS improves road safety.

Even the best safety technology demands total driver commitment to understanding and accepting the proper use of the ADAS. Ignorance of ADAS capabilities and its limitations, or the over-reliance of systems, both define Driver ADAS Impairment.

While ADAS features can provide valuable assistance to drivers, it is important for drivers to remain vigilant and attentive while driving and not to rely solely on these systems.

Drivers should also take the time to learn how to properly use and adjust ADAS features to minimize any potential distractions.



Diversity in Fleet

By Karen Henry, Sr. Vice-President of Human Resources, Wheels

I am a Black woman and I have worked in the fleet management industry for almost five years. In my role at the new Wheels, I am responsible for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I). In March, I attended NAFA for the first time to participate in a panel discussion about building an effective DE&I strategy.

Diversity means so much more than the technical and legal description. To me, diversity is not only about different ethnicities, genders and ages–although those things are of paramount importance. To me, diversity has a more global meaning as well, addressing the various constructs, experiences, upbringings and educational backgrounds each of us brings to the table.

It starts with valuing and appreciating diversity and seeing people for who they are. Once you start, you are already that much closer to achieving your goals.



The Cargo Van

By Tanner Lee, Copywriter, Kingbee Vans

The cargo van has long been the first choice of vocational wheels. While it seems like the cargo van has been with us forever, it’s only been 60 years. Here is its brief history, from infancy to electric!

In the early 1960’s, every van in America was designed with the engine a few feet in front of the driver’s cabin. And with exception of new technologies and minor stylistic changes, today’s American vans remain largely unaltered. From their humble beginnings in the 1960s to the current developments in electric vans, cargo vans have evolved to meet the changing demands of businesses.

No other company in the world will upfit vans with custom shelves and ladder racks, wrap them with your company signage, and deliver anywhere in the lower 48 states. The cargo van has a rich history—contact Kingbee Vans today to experience what a cargo van can do for you.


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