What Fleet Managers Should Expect In 2016

fleet managementIt’s 2016. The nation will elect a new president. Apple may – according to market analysts – become the first $800 billion company.

What will the year ahead look like for trucking fleets? Here are a few predictions:

1. The Driver Shortage Will Continue

The need to find qualified drivers, particularly for long-haul operations, will continue to be an issue in 2016, analysts tell Heavy Duty Trucking, an industry magazine. Continue reading What Fleet Managers Should Expect In 2016

Fueling Prices Are Dropping, But…

fleet managementAs we write this, the price of oil has dropped to $27 a barrel, a 12 year low, and down from the $100 per barrel mark about a year and a half ago.

The national average price for diesel fuel is at $2.07 a gallon. It seems like good news for fleet owners, but…Well, there’s always a “but,” isn’t there?

In the case of fuel prices, consider the law of gravity, only in reverse: What goes down will go up. Continue reading Fueling Prices Are Dropping, But…

Americans Love Truckers

iStock_000039148552_Small.jpgDriving a truck is a demanding job. Truckers spend long hours away from their loved ones, piloting massive vehicles through dangerous conditions.

But take heart, truck drivers. Most Americans think very highly of you.

A poll commissioned in the late summer of 2015 by the American Trucking Association found that most people consider truck drivers among the safest on the road, and that the trucking industry is vital to the nation’s economy. Continue reading Americans Love Truckers

$27 Billion Loss: What Does Congestion Cost Your Fleet?

fleet fuel managementWith 21 million people, the city of Lagos, Nigeria is one of the world’s busiest and fastest growing metropolitan areas.

And with all those people comes a nightmarish amount of traffic. “The World’s Worst Traffic Jam,” The Atlantic Wrote in 2012. Things haven’t improved since then.

Reuters profiled Lagos’ traffic congestion in December of last year, describing commuters taking three hours to make a seven mile trip to work. Continue reading $27 Billion Loss: What Does Congestion Cost Your Fleet?

Searching For Qualified Truck Drivers? Hire a Veteran

iStock_000021248795_Small.jpg“As bad now as it’s ever been.”

That’s Jim Runk, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck, describing the nation’s driver shortage to York Daily Record newspaper in November.

That shortage is expected to grow to 73,500 next year, and the American Trucking Association is recommending a number of ways to recruit more drivers: