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The Importance of Positivity

We live in a world where we can tell anyone exactly what we think about anything with a few keystrokes. Why is it, then, that the majority of the feedback is negative? Why do people feel so much more apt to complain than praise? And, what does this have to do with fleet management? READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management, Driver Training, Chatty Chassis, Employee Morale

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:32 AM | » Comments(0)

Instilling a Culture of Safe Drivers

While technology can make a big impact on accident reduction, I believe one of the best ways to make progress toward the elimination of injuries and fatalities on the road is by creating a culture of safe drivers. READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management, Accident Management, Chatty Chassis, Corporate Culture, Safety

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Monday, January 29, 2018 8:49 AM | » Comments(1)

What Makes Fleet Management so Special

What is it about fleet and fleet management that engages so many of us? What keeps us around for decades, regardless of the ups and downs? And still entices new entrants? READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management, Chatty Chassis, DISH, Suez Water NJ, Faith Technologies

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Monday, January 8, 2018 9:04 AM | » Comments(1)

How to Stay Productive Over the Holidays

If you are like most people, staying productive around the holidays can be very difficult with more than usual on your mind. Here are a few ideas to help you remain productive during the holidays. READ MORE

Tags: Productivity, Stress, Chatty Chassis, Holiday Travel

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Friday, December 8, 2017 9:18 AM | » Comments(0)

How to Stay Motivated

For many, it’s easy to feel a sense of motivation at the start of a new year, but as the year progresses it can be tough to stay motivated, especially if you are feeling behind on your goals or feeling burned out in your day-to-day grind. Here are seven ways to help you stay motivated. READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Fleet Improvement, Motivation, Fleet Success

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Thursday, November 2, 2017 10:06 AM | » Comments(0)

Check Up on Your Annual Goals

As we move toward the end of the year (already!), it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect. Earlier this year, we spoke about turning your resolutions into goals, and how to apply the concept of “resolutions” into a work-related goal. READ MORE

Tags: Chatty Chassis, Resolutions, Fleet Goals

Author: Lauren Fletcher | Posted @ Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:36 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

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Author Bio

Lauren Fletcher

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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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