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Can Accidents Be Eliminated Through Modern Vehicle Technology?

February 27, 2014

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

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?

November 21, 2013

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

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

October 23, 2013

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.

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

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

The Growing Popularity of Cabover Trucks

August 19, 2013

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

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

February 27, 2013

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!

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

February 6, 2013

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.

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Ford, Lauren Fletcher

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Checking Out the L.A. Auto Show

December 4, 2012

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.

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

October 10, 2012

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.

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

August 24, 2012

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

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, On the Road, Nashville

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

The Real-Deal on Diesel-Electric Hybrids

July 18, 2012

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.

Tags: Hino Trucks, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, Indiana University, Diesel-Electric Hybrids

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

Tire Prices Rise… But Still Must be Purchased

July 10, 2012

Truck tire prices rise again, and again, and again. But, fleet vehicles won't roll on without them.

Tags: Tire Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mike Antich, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)

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

Becoming 'Possibility Thinkers'

May 23, 2012

In the world of fleet, we all need to be "possibility thinkers" and imagine the "what if" scenarios. From the good, to the ugly, it can only help to prepare us for anything.

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, Mike Rayburn, Possibility Thinkers

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Are Speed Limiters on Trucks Necessary?

March 28, 2012

A study was recently released by the FMCSA confirming that electronically governing and limiting the top speed of commercial trucks has clear safety benefits. But, is speed limiting truly the answer to the safety problem?

Tags: Telematics, Safety, Speed Limiter, Lauren Fletcher, Chatty Chassi

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Hitting the Road: The Work Truck Show 2012

March 5, 2012

The 2012 The Work Truck Show just ended in Indianapolis. I was at the show from day one to closing day and share some of my highlights from the event.

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

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

On the Road Soon: 2012 The Work Truck Show

February 29, 2012

The 2012 NTEA Work Truck Show is going to be taking place next week and I can't tell you how excited I am to be hitting the road and heading to the show.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Chatty Chassis, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

2012 Medium-Duty Truck of Year? It's Anyone's Guess

January 25, 2012

I'm getting excited. We have one week left before balloting closes for our 2012 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award, and the results are anyone's guess.

Tags: Truck of the Year, Medium-Duty Trucks, truck award

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Hitting the Road: 2011 Mooneye's Xmas Party & Hot Rod Show

December 16, 2011

Anyone who knows me, or has read my bio, should know that I love hot rods. Make those hot rods trucks, and I'm in heaven. Take a look at the photo gallery of classic trucks from this years show.

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Mooneyes, Hot Rod, Classic Truck

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, December 16, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Driving is Not Downhill Skiing

December 14, 2011

In skiing, the skier in front of you always has the right of way, and you are responsible mainly for those in front of you. Drivers must remember that on the road, you are responsible for paying attention to everyone, and everything, around you.

Tags: Winter Driving, Accident Management, Chatty Chassis, Lauren Fletcher, Skiing

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Know the Laws of the States You Drive

November 30, 2011

While there are many similar driving laws across the United States, fleet managers should ensure that any driver that crosses state lines is aware of some of the more subtle differences from state-to-state.

Tags: Speed limit, Chatty Chassis, driving laws, Lauren Fletcher, cell phone laws, Driving While Texting

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Hitting the Road: Looking Forward to the Green Fleet Conference

It's my favorite time of year! No, not the holidays - travel season! And what a better way to kick it off then by attending our very own Green Fleet Conference Oct. 3-4 out in Dallas.

September 21, 2011

It's my favorite time of year! No, not the holidays - travel season! And what a better way to kick it off then by attending our very own Green Fleet Conference Oct. 3-4 out in Dallas.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Protect Your 'Back Seat'

August 31, 2011

A crime wave is occurring - thieves are targeting SUVs and stealing the third-row seats. Online news items regarding these thefts go back at least two years with a recent surge over the past few months. The reason behind the theft? Money, of course.

Tags: SUV, Theft, third-row seat, Chatty Chassis

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:53 AM | » Comments(1)

What Happened to All of the Good Drivers?

August 3, 2011

I believe the driver's license test of today is no longer relevant. New in-vehicle technology is not only impacting the driving experience on a creature-comfort level, but, I believe it is also requiring more technical skill while behind-the-wheel than ever before.

Tags: Safety, Accident Management, driving education, In-Vehicle Technology

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, August 3, 2011 11:22 AM | » Comments(1)

Navistar Files Another Suit Against EPA

July 20, 2011

Navistar filed a lawsuit on July 5 against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alleging that the Agency allows competitors to circumvent 2010 Emissions Regulations.

Tags: Navistar, EPA, DPF, lawsuit

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:53 AM | » Comments(1)

Are Your Drivers Stressed Out?

Stress. We all deal with it. Much has been written about the stress and challenges fleet managers' face on a day-to-day basis, but what about the drivers?

May 18, 2011

Stress. We all deal with it. Much has been written about the stress and challenges fleet managers' face on a day-to-day basis, but what about the drivers?

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Stress, Driver, truck driver, Crash-Related Injuries

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:26 AM | » Comments(1)

Hitting the Road: Freightliner in Las Vegas

114SD Crane

March 22, 2011

According to my nephew, I am officially the envy of boys/men ages five and up. I spent my weekend (March 18-19) in not-so-sunny Las Vegas getting behind the wheel of Freightliner's new SD (Severe Duty) trucks - from dump trucks to mixers to cranes.

Tags: Freightliner, Hitting the Road, Severe Duty

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:30 PM | » Comments(0)

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Author Bio

Lauren Fletcher

Managing Editor

Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and works on Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Work Truck, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Business Driver. 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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