Coming to the end of 2010 we have all heard plenty about hybrids especially with the diesel fuel prices of fuel hitting an all time high in 2008. Many of us drive hybrid powered cars (Sokolis Group owns one), know someone who does, or see them on the road daily. I’m all for driving a hybrid. In most cases they make sense because their fleet fueling efficient and they are more environmentally friendly. The only problem I have with any hybrid is the Smart Car which doesn’t look to me like a safe vehicle. Any type of accident and I don’t like my chances inside that thing, I don’t care how much money it could save on my diesel fuel prices; but that’s another story!
As diesel fuel prices keep going higher all fleet companies need to take paths to achieve fuel savings. It seems every year the transportation industry faces new perils during the winter months and this year is no different. Currently the weather forecasters are predicting not only one of the coldest, but the snowiest in the last five (5) years. Among the challenges above and beyond the weather, diesel fuel prices are on the rise again and most states and many municipalities have mandated idling restrictions.
A recent study suggests that most fleet companies have continued to steer away from raising their drivers pay this year. This is mainly due to the US economy of course, but it’s not all bad news. About 80% of those carrier/fleet owners are expecting that they will have to raise pay as the economy recovers.