Government Fleet – Issue

November 2016

Cover Story By Thi Dao
When Should You Change Oil?

Fleets analyzing oil samples can determine if their maintenance cycles are done at the right time and also identify maintenance issues before they become bigger problems.

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Features

The 816K is designed for multiple machine lives and component rebuilds using Caterpillar sustainable options such as the Reman and Certified Rebuild programs. Photo courtesy of Caterpillar A More Durable, Fuel-Efficient Landfill Compactor

By Staff

Powered by a Tier 4 Final-compliant engine, the Cat 816K landfill compactor features cab upgrades and advanced technology options.

Late vehicle deliveries can throw off a government agency’s operations and leave fleet managers scrambling to keep older vehicles running. We spoke to a few fleets about how they have dealt with delivery delays. Photo: istockphoto.com Overcoming Delayed Vehicle Deliveries

By Roselynne Reyes

Late vehicle deliveries can throw off a government agency’s operations and leave fleet managers scrambling to keep older vehicles running. We spoke to a few fleets about how they have dealt with delivery delays.

The City of Tampa fleet management “dream team” consists of (l-r): Arturo Betty, John Daff, Earl Gant, Dick Guerra, Connie White-Arnold, Jeff Hajdu, Kevin Koudela, and Gary Stewart. Photo courtesy of City of Tampa More Opportunities Than Challenges at Tampa

By Thi Dao

The City of Tampa, Fla., fleet has hit its stride, with a staff consisting of a dream team, support from department heads, and an interim fleet manager keen on networking with neighboring fleets.

The Charger is used by agencies around thecountry, including California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of FCA 2017 Police Vehicles

By Roselynne Reyes

Fleet managers in law enforcement have a variety of options to choose from. The latest offerings from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford deliver a number of features for increased power, safety, and efficiency.

Backup generators, which may be refueled only once or twice a year, need diesel fuel maintenance to ensure they function when needed. Photo: Shutterstock How to Maintain Stored Diesel Fuel

By James Dunst

Diesel fuel stored for long periods of time — such as in backup generators — is prone to degradation. This can lead to equipment failure when the time comes to use it. Here’s what fleet managers can do to maintain their stored diesel fuel.

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Blog

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Find Out What Lies Beneath

By Facundo Tassara
Looking for what lies beneath the surface can help you understand why or help you be equipped to answer some questions — or better yet, proactively address questions that people are thinking but haven’t asked yet.

Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

By Mike Antich
All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the sixth generation minivan from Chrysler, which re-engineered it from the ground up on an all-new platform. Pacifica replaces the popular, prior generation Chrysler Town & Country.

2017 Volvo S90 AWD

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Why You Should be Bullish About the Future of Fleet Management

By Sherb Brown
Fleet management has migrated from the garage to the Excel spreadsheet. We don’t have to wonder anymore about whether that compact car really is more expensive to operate than a comparable small SUV. Now the data can give us the answer.

Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao
A positive motor pool experience means fleets are providing a streamlined experience for their customers.

A Reminder About Fleet Liability

By Thi Dao

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