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March 2018, - Feature

Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line

As truck OEMs use more advanced materials for body surfaces, education and training has become vital for body and paint technicians. Photo: 3M

By Jack Roberts

Keeping truck cabs in good repair has always been good for a fleet’s image. And today, it’s good for the bottom line as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Repairs, Managing the Shop, Downtime, Return On Investment

January 2018, - Feature

6 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Parts Inventory

A well-managed parts inventory helps can help a heavy-duty truck fleet prevent downtime and save money. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Denise Rondini

A well-managed parts inventory helps can help a heavy-duty truck fleet prevent downtime and save money.

Tags: Parts Inventory, Parts Management, Managing the Shop, Downtime, Parts and Service

December 2017, - Feature

7 Mistakes to Avoid for Smooth Roadside Repairs

Having the right information helps determine if a technician with tools should be sent to the site of the repair or if a tow truck is needed. Photo: Ryder

By Denise Rondini

Even with the greatest preventive maintenance programs, you still are going to have some failures.Yet not all fleets do a good job of managing the breakdown process. Here’s a look at common mistakes fleets make when it comes to emergency roadside service.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Repairs, Downtime

June 2015, - Editorial

Commentary: Tracking Truck Health

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Several truck makers have been promoting uptime through remote diagnostics for a while now. But at this year’s MATS, nearly every OEM talked about their efforts to provide fleets with insight into their vehicle’s health in an effort to increase vehicle uptime.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Downtime, MATS, Safety

February 2015, - Editorial

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Tags: Productivity, Fuel Economy, Downtime

July 2013, - WebXclusive

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Breakdown Service Provider

By Byron Lay, AmeriQuest Road Rescue

Every fleet experiences breakdowns at some point. These incredibly frustrating events eat up time, money, and good will with clients. So having a reliable service you can call on when the need arises is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. But make sure you ask questions.

Tags: Downtime, breakdowns


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