REDUCING COSTS with pre and post-trip inspections

 by Paul Backers, CTP
 
 
 
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This white paper, written by Paul Backers, CTP, discusses the importance of pre and post trip vehicle inspections both in conforming to CSA mandates and minimizing unnecessary expenses resulting from poor vehicle maintenance, roadside inspection citations, and the like. Backers offers tips for working with drivers to ensure that competent inspections become a part of your company's culture.
 
 
 
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Driver pre and post trip inspections are an indispensable aspect of preventive maintenance. Because drivers are in contact with vehicles more than owners and managers, they are instrumental in ensuring that those vehicles remain in safe operating condition. The implementation of routine pre and post trip inspections allows motor carriers to promote a culture of safety, reduce driver and company citations, maintain a satisfactory safety score, and identify maintenance problems before they become needlessly expensive.
 
 
 
 
 

 DRIVING FUEL ECONOMY through driver training

  by Tom Bagwell, CTP
 
 
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Tom Bagwell, CTP discusses the challenges of improving fuel efficiency in modern commercial vehicle fleets. Bagwell argues that a technological approach to saving fuel isn't enough; truck options designed to improve fuel economy are not effective unless they are properly utilized by drivers. With diesel prices on the rise, Bagwell emphasizes the importance of creative, training-based approaches to maximizing fuel efficiency.

 

 
 
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It almost goes without saying that one of the greatest challenges facing a fleet manager today is dealing with the rising cost of fuel. Controlling fuel economy can be an elusive goal. Most of our fleets are already in place; aerodynamic design, tires, and engines are already installed to help save fuel. But the cost of many solutions can easily offset any potential savings, especially when variables such as weather or driving surface are outside the fleet manager’s control. A fleet manager might have some influence in the selection of the truck, but once you have the truck, how do you obtain the greatest fuel efficiency and reduce the impact of the cost of fuel on your operation, and in many cases even remain in operation? That is what this conversation is about.

 
 
 
 
 

 LOWERING COSTS by customizing new vehicle purchases

  by George Sharpe
 
 
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George Sharpe, Peterson's new truck salesman for the East Bay, discusses the drawbacks of off-the-lot commercial vehicle purchases. He argues that customizing a truck fleet can maximize its efficiency, allowing managers and owners to to save money and maintain a competitive advantage in the trucking industry. Sharpe offers an overview of the truck customization options that can allow a fleet to thrive.
 
 
 
 
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The fleet is the backbone of any trucking operation, and a well-selected fleet is integral in maintaining a competitive advantage in the industry. A custom fleet can significantly increase value, efficiency, productivity, safety, longevity, and driver retention; and, because customization is often offered at little to no cost, there isn’t a good reason to forgo many of the options that truck manufacturers offer.