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Pros and Cons of Truck Platooning

The concept of truck platooning is coming over to the United States. With roots in Europe, modern truck platooning is the ability to electronically group trucks, or other vehicles, to travel down the road. Platooning can decrease the space between vehicles and can help increase overall road capacity. READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:48 AM | » Comments(0)

Impact of Healthy Drivers on Your Operation

Health and productivity can go hand-in-hand. Think about it: the better you feel, the more you accomplish. We often talk about the health of our trucks, their lifecycle, maintenance needs, and costs. But, the health of the driver population is especially important. READ MORE

Tags: Productivity, Driver Safety, Driver Health, Chatty Chassis

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:16 AM | » Comments(0)

When a Supplier Goes Under

What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions? READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, business relationships, Suppliers

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, July 14, 2017 9:58 AM | » Comments(0)

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

From time to time, fleet managers may receive the opportunity to attend an automaker test drive event. Should you be one of the lucky chosen, your excitement may give way to trepidation as you realize that test driving a vehicle for fleet use can be quite different that test driving a car or truck for personal use. READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Test Drive

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Monday, June 12, 2017 11:30 AM | » Comments(0)

Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

In today’s digital age, technology is developing at a break-neck pace and fleet management is often the recipient and early adopter of many of the new options available. One of the more newsworthy pieces of modern technology has been the “drone.” Their use in fleet may offer several possibilities. READ MORE

Tags: Productivity, Security, Inspections, Chatty Chassis, Drones

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, May 5, 2017 11:26 AM | » Comments(0)

‘It Doesn’t Apply to Me’

Have you ever had a conversation with a coworker, driver, or vendor, and replied to an inquiry with “Well, it doesn’t apply to me,” and left the conversation at that? Do you have help at fleet handling specific parts of your operation, such as fuel, compliance, or leasing? READ MORE

Tags: Leasing, Fuel Management, Chatty Chassis, Safety & Compliance

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:03 AM | » Comments(0)

Millennials in Truck Fleets

SOURCE: PEW RESEARCH

Why, with more people entering the workforce every day, are truck fleets still struggling to fill driver’s seats? Where are the energetic new employees for fleet managers to mentor? READ MORE

Tags: fleet management, Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, Baby Boomers, Millennials

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Monday, April 3, 2017 3:40 AM | » Comments(1)

Spring Clean Your Operations

When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up! READ MORE

Tags: Operations, Chatty Chassis, Spring Cleaning

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, March 24, 2017 10:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Navigating Changing Regulations

One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared. READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Compliance, Fleet Management Companies, HOS, ELDs

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:44 AM | » Comments(0)

Turn Resolutions into Goals

While your resolutions at home may be to hit the gym and lay off the cheeseburgers or finally take that trip to Maui, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your fleet be as safe and successful as possible. READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Goals, Resolutions

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, January 20, 2017 11:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings. READ MORE

Tags: Fuel Savings, NTEA, Work Truck Show, Chatty Chassis, Fuel Budgets

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2016 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Driven to Continuous Improvement

Today’s fleet managers are pressured to keep doing more with less, while saving their companies money year-over-year, and, at the same time, ensuring that drivers are safe and accomplishing their jobs. It’s a tough job, and countless individuals couldn’t imagine doing anything else. READ MORE

Tags: fleet management

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:26 AM | » Comments(2)

Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

Rightsizing is used almost synonymously with downsizing; however, just look at the two words and you can immediately see that they are not the same. READ MORE

Tags: Downsizing, Rightsizing

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 9:46 AM | » Comments(2)

What Drives You to be a Better Fleet Manager?

What is your inspiration to be the great fleet managers you are? What drives you to do all you do, every day? READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Rebuilding Your Confidence

There are many actions a fleet manager can take to help rebuild confidence before handling a stressful situation. Sometimes, just taking a moment to breathe and smile can make a big difference in your day. READ MORE

Tags: fleet management, Chatty Chassis

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Can Accidents Be Eliminated Through Modern Vehicle Technology?

In the ultimate goal of the elimination of all accidents or crashes, where should the focus lie: the driver, the vehicle, or both? READ MORE

Tags: Accidents, Accident Management, Driving Dynamics

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Technology in Trucks: A Necessity or Simply Distracting?

Which of the many new, technological advances are necessary to help truck fleets stay safer on the road, and what are unnecessary distractions? READ MORE

Tags: Distracted Driving, In-Vehicle Technology, Chatty Chassis

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Measuring Hours vs. Miles in Medium-Duty Truck Performance

Mileage is not a true indicator of the actual wear a vehicle is experiencing. To ensure a complete analysis of medium-duty truck performance, include hours in your measurements as well. READ MORE

Tags: Maintenance, Isuzu, Chrysler, GE Capital Fleet Services, ARI, Ram Truck, PHH Arval, Chatty Chassis, Ford

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

The Growing Popularity of Cabover Trucks

With the growing popularity of cabover trucks, what are your real-world opinions? READ MORE

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Chatty Chassis, Cabovers

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Monday, August 19, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

2013 Work Truck Show Around the Corner

It's already that time of the year again, with the 2013 NTEA The Work Truck Show right around the corner. Scheduled March 6-8 in Indianapolis, I for one am looking forward to to it! READ MORE

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Everyone Has a Favorite Truck

1935 Ford Model 50

What’s Your Favorite Truck? Everyone has a favorite vehicle. Be it your first truck, dream vehicle, or project car, you wouldn’t be in this industry if you didn’t have a love for four-wheeled power. READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Ford, Lauren Fletcher

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Checking Out the L.A. Auto Show

While this Los Angeles Auto Show didn't feature any big truck reveals, there were plenty of updated and refreshed models on the show floor and a few new SUV announcements. READ MORE

Tags: Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Chatty Chassis, Ford, Lauren Fletcher, L.A. Auto Show

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Green Fleet Conference Proves it Knows Truck Fleets

The 2012 Green Fleet Conference, held in Schaumburg, Ill., was the biggest and most well-attended yet. And, it helped to prove that just because a fleet operates trucks, it can still easily be green and save green. READ MORE

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

On the Road: All-New 2013-MY Ram 1500

The start of the Natchez-Trace scenic parkway. Source: Lauren Fletcher

Work Truck magazine was invited to drive the all-new 2013 Ram 1500 in Nashville, Tenn., in early August. READ MORE

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, Nashville

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Real-Deal on Diesel-Electric Hybrids

A recent report by Indiana University's (IU) School of Public and Environmental Affairs raised some eyebrows about the economic viability of medium-sized diesel-electric hybrid trucks. READ MORE

Tags: Hino, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Colleges and Universities

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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Lauren Fletcher

Executive Editor

Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and is currently the Executive Editor of Work Truck Magazine. Over the past 10 years, Fletcher has written and edited for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Business Driver magazines. A hot rod enthusiast from a young age, Fletcher has a fascination with cars and a love of trucks, from the classics to the new releases.

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