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
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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