Government Fleet – Issue

January 2012

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Alternative Strategies to Reduce Fuel Costs

A quarter of fleets surveyed report a fuel budget increase of more than 25 percent in the past five years. In addition to more traditional cost-reduction strategies, fleet managers discuss new methods they’re using to reduce fuel expenses.

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Features

When purchasing a fuel management system, ask the right questions up front. Photo by Erik Gustafson. 15 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Fuel Management System

By Russ Whelan

Are you in the market for a fuel management system? Ask the right questions to avoid costly mistakes.

North Dakota Finds Purchasing Solution for Complex Snow Plow Truck Delivery

By Paul Hanson, CAFM

In an effort to improve its procurement process for complex equipment, the North Dakota Department of Transportation tried a method used by another division, refining it until it became a simple and effective procurement solution.

Oil analysis allows fleets to determine the best time for oil changes. Photo courtesy Universal Lubricants. Saving Money & the Environment through Oil Initiatives

By Shelley Mika

As technology continues to develop, fleets have more opportunities to improve their use of and reliance on oil. Five fleet professionals weigh in on the strategy, challenges, and benefits of their oil initiatives.

Facility Programming for a New Fleet Maintenance Facility

By Tony Yankovich

After years of submitting capital improvement program requests for a new fleet maintenance facility, the project is finally approved. Now what?

Design improvements are making it easier for technicians to service equipment. The Bobcat T750 compact track loader has an oil cooler that swings up, allowing operators better access for cleaning. Tips for Ensuring Proper Equipment Maintenance

By Stephen Bennett

Fleet managers and off-road equipment manufacturers say technological advances and design improvements are helping raise the standard for maintenance. These fleet professionals offer their equipment maintenance tips.

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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

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