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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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao
Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

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

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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