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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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Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%
Direct labor can be summed up as time on task, or any time spent doing a specific task or repair. The work order is open, and as soon as the technician clocks in to perform preventive maintenance, for example, that counts as direct labor. The issue of monitoring and managing indirect labor costs is important because time is so important to fleet management.
<p>NGVi&rsquo;s Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Diagnostics training class is a three-day intensive course for experienced diesel technicians who will be diagnosing and maintaining heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. <em>Photo courtesy of NGVi.</em></p> Technician Training Solutions for Alternative-Fuel Vehicles
Fleet managers must consider how the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles changes fleet maintenance and repair. For those deciding to keep this in-house, there are various options available for technician training.
<p>Law enforcement agencies seize a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, SUVs, and classic muscle cars. <em>Photo courtesy of DEA</em></p> Driving a Drug Dealer’s Car
Law enforcement agencies can use asset forfeiture to snare unmarked narcotics cars.
<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p> Tire Safety Myths and Tips
Whether it's the middle of a historic winter blizzard or a scorching, sticky summer day, properly maintained tires keep vehicles on the road and running safely. In addition to the high number of tips out there to help keep the rubber on the road, there are also some myths that can get drivers in a heap of trouble if they are blindly followed.
<p>Members of the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop work to repair a broken bulldozer in November 2013. They use a portable heater to warm the frozen bulldozer underneath a giant parachute, which traps in heat and helps thaw the vehicle. Jump-starting a frozen battery without first thawing it can cause it to explode, and technicians have to be careful to avoid frostbite while working on vehicles. <em>U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor</em></p> How to Handle Extreme Weather
Use of heat pads on oil pans and transmission fans, and installation of trickle chargers for battery heat blankets, are a normal part of operations for two Air Force bases in Alaska that routinely confront below-zero temperatures in the winter.

Products

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Mini-Bulk DEF Storage System Semler Industries has introduced a Diesel Exhaust Fluid modular mini-bulk above-ground storage system for use at fleets, commercial locations and retail facilities. This Mini-Bulk is the first of its kind to meet the space restrictions of a standard fuel island and has the smallest footprint of any equal-volume system on the market, according to the company. View more info
LED Flood Light Buyers Products has introduced a rectangular LED flood light with an adjustable stainless steel stud mount to ease mounting on trucks and trailers. View more info
Blue Filters Donaldson Company Inc. has introduced the Blue line of filters that will include more than 150 fuel, air intake, lube, coolant, and fuel filters for on-road and off-road trucks and equipment. View more info
Winalign HD Alignment System Hunter Engineering's improved Winalign HD Alignment System uses four or six DSP700T heavy-duty alignment sensors with roll-forward compensation to compensate all sensors without the need to jack each axle. View more info
Equinox LED Work Lamps The Ecco Group's Equinox LED work lamp line that includes the EW2101, EW2102, and EW2101A offers a modern housing shape and recessed lens that offers a distinctive work light. 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.