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Learn the latest on fleet vehicle maintenance from our news entries and articles. We offer product updates, maintenance cost stories, and company profiles.

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<p>During the November 2014 snowstorm, the city enacted a driving ban so plows could get through<em>. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo</em></p> Battling the Snowstorm in Buffalo
When Western New York saw six feet of snow dumped on the ground the week before Thanksgiving 2014, the City of Buffalo was ready to handle the mess with a fleet that was prepped and ready.
<p>The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV comes standard with rearview camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth, OnStar, and Wi-Fi. <em>Photo courtesy of GM</em></p> Fleet Vehicles Go Higher Tech
As new in-car technologies trickle into public fleets, they’re changing the way fleet managers handle purchasing, maintenance, and driver training.
<p>The City of Dublin, Ohio, upgraded its maintenance facility to allow technicians to safely work on CNG vehicles. <em>Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation</em></p> Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG
An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas (CNG) project is the garage upgrade. When upgrading a facility, various codes and best practices need to be considered.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of iStock.</em></p> Saving Money by Taking Back Outsourced Work
The State of Utah’s Division of Fleet Operations has been able to cut costs by more than 19% by taking back what it once outsourced — maintenance management.
<p>The 2014 Hino 195H hybrid service truck utilizes hybrid electric drive technology to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% over that of a conventionally powered truck. <em>Photo courtesy of Sonoma County</em></p> Hybrid Service Truck Reduces Fuel Costs
The addition of a hybrid-electric field service truck helps the Sonoma County, Calif., fleet increase the number of field services while minimizing fuel consumption.

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<p><em>Map showing proposed locations of new fleet facilities courtesy of Sonoma County.</em></p> Calif. County Approves $10M Fleet Facility
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a new $9.95 million maintenance facility for the fleet operation that's being displaced by a new state courthouse, according to county records.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Goodyear.</em></p> Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.
<p><em>Photo of leased vehicles courtesy of Webb County.</em></p> Texas County Hires Enterprise Fleet Management
Webb County, Texas, has entered into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management for the lease and management of 30 vehicles. If expanded to its entire fleet of 500 light-duty vehicles, the county could save $170,000 each year.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Toyo.</em></p> Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes
Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.
Ala. PD Replaces Fleet Via Grant, Federal Loan
The Roanoke (Ala.) Police Department is replacing 11 of its vehicles using a federal grant and loan, as well as simplifying the design scheme to improve maintenance efficiency.
Fleet Supervisor Fired for Taking Home City Equipment
A veteran fleet supervisor for the City of Knoxville, Tenn., has been fired after equipment from the fleet garage was found at his home.
S.D. City Begins Fleet Assessment
The City of Sioux Falls, S.D., hired Mercury Associates to conduct a comprehensive review of fleet operations. The goal of the project is to determine the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide fleet services.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing Wheel Misalignment
Here are tips from Firestone to help fleet drivers recognize early symptoms of wheel misalignment.
<p>The Charleston County fleet division. <em>Photo courtesy of Charleston County.</em></p> S.C. County Earns CFMO Certification
After a little over a year, Charleston County, S.C. has earned its Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification from the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA).
<p><em>Photo courtesy of City of Santa Ana</em></p> Santa Ana Celebrates 365 Days of Fleet Safety
The City of Santa Ana, Calif., fleet and facilities division celebrated after completing 365 consecutive calendar days without an OSHA or Workers’ Comp reportable injury.

Products

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Tuff Rug Absorbent Pad Oil Eater’s Tuff Rug is an absorbent pad for use in high traffic areas and designed to be tough enough for use in maintenance departments, forklift aisles, oil change pits and walkways. View more info
Fast Fuel Diesel Fuel Treatment Prolong Super Lubricants' Fast Fuel concentrated commercial grade diesel fuel treatment improves the fuel economy and performance of heavy duty diesel work trucks and commercial vans. View more info
QuickTrick Alignment Tools QuickTrick Alignment's QuickSlide and Fleetslide product lines help fleet maintenance technicians properly align their vehicles' wheels. Using either of these tools, mechanics and tire technicians can perform a wheel alignment on any hard surface. View more info
150-Watt LED Flood Light Larson Electronics has added to its industrial grade lighting equipment with the release of a 150-watt quadpod mounted work light. View more info
LED Tank Light The EPL-16C-150LED-RT-3EX is rated Class 1 & 2 Division 1 & 2 and is a cart mounted explosion proof LED light that provides 10,000 square feet of work area coverage while producing 12,000 lumens of light from 150 watts. View more info

Research and Best Practices

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Fleet Maintenance Management System Best Practices

See how one fleet implemented a universal system to reduce operating costs, instill accountability, save time and increase efficiency.

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Managing Government Fleet Mandates: How Verizon Networkfleet Can Help to Exceed Your Fleet Optimization Goals
Today’s government fleet managers face a wide array of fleet management challenges. This eBook will show you how to optimize fleet performance and productivity in order to contend with shrinking budgets and meet or exceed government regulations on fleet size and emissions.