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Survey: Fleets Check Fuel Economy as Top Truck Purchasing Consideration

In a recent survey, it was found that a lot of fleets are looking to purchase new trucks in the coming year at a much higher percentage that previous years. Fleets were also surveyed about what is making them feel like they don't want to purchase an electric vehicle. The top reason that they were hesitant to purchase them is because of the cost. The second reason is that there aren't many places where you can go to charge these vehicles.

Key Takeaways:

  • A survey shoed that fuel economy is a top concern among mid sized trucking companies
  • It was also learned in the survey that many are planning to buy new trucks this year.
  • the main reasons that people didn't want electric cars is because of expense, or lack of charging options.

“According to the survey, 50% of carriers plan to buy a new truck in the next year, up from 33% who reported the same in Convoy’s November 2020 survey.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10138048/survey-fleets-check-fuel-economy-as-top-truck-purchasing-consideration

How to Reduce Driver Impact on Truck Fleet Maintenance Costs

When it comes to saving money on trucks, people often want to look towards the trucks themselves. What we really need to be looking at are the people who are driving these trucks. You can keep the vehicles in good working condition by teaching your drivers the proper way to drive the vehicle and proper maintenance. Make sure you keep communication open between yourself and your drivers so that they can better understand what it is that is expected of them, as well as your policies.

Key Takeaways:

  • We often look at the vehicle when it comes to fuel economy, but we should look to the driver.
  • The behavior of drivers is essential to reducing the cost of fuel, so keep them in the know.
  • Give the drivers the tools they need as well as clearly stating what your policies are.

“Beyond driver involvement, driver training is another essential key in reducing driver-related maintenance costs.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10137590/how-to-reduce-driver-impact-on-truck-fleet-maintenance-costs

Understanding Work Truck Suspensions

If you are looking into getting some new work truck suspensions, then you will want to understand what you are getting into. There are different types of suspensions that will work better for the specific truck that you are driving. If you are wanting something that will cushion your ride and provide stability, make sure you are purchasing the right type of suspension for your specific vehicle. It must all work together as well, with your torque rods as well as your axle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Work truck suspension is a critical issue for fleet owners, as this vehicle feature affects at least 3 major truck aspects.
  • Suspension is integrally related to a truck's durability, specifically its ability to withstand it's load over time.
  • Suspension furthermore provides stability. Good suspension provides evenness over treacherous roads and also cushions the ride.

“equalizing (walking) beam suspensions are the most common and effective for providing optimal stability, mobility, and traction.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10137609/understanding-work-truck-suspension

The Future of Maintenance Outsourcing

Technology is something that is constantly changing and improving, and if you aren't adopting this new technology as a truck driver, there is a good chance you are missing out on some improvements as well as being able to get your vehicle serviced by someone that is only accustomed to the improved technology in the future. Make sure that you have warranty on your vehicle and that it is extended so that way you are protected in case anything goes wrong with your truck.

Key Takeaways:

  • Everywhere you look, you will find information about the rapid pace of technology.
  • If fleet companies don't have this new technology, will they be able to find repair shops?
  • There are repair shops that are available for trucks that have warranties and extended warranties.

“Or will the same problems of ever-more-complex vehicles force aftermarket and independent maintenance providers out of business”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10137714/the-future-of-maintenance-outsourcing

Understanding Effects of Payload and Towing on Commercial EV Range

There is a wave that is taking over the auto industry and that is the electric vehicle wave. A lot of vehicle manufacturers are considering adopting electric operation vehicles, there are several that have them in the works, and will be released in the next couple of years. Trucks are still going to be able to function at full capacity with the way they are being built. The clean tail pipe emissions will allow truckers to come in with open arms to any area.

Key Takeaways:

  • These new trucks that will begin launching in 2022 are safer and better for the environment.
  • There are electric waves happening all over, a lot of manufacturers have new ones coming out.
  • These vehicles will be able to function and then return to the facility to be charged over night.

“Fuel economy on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles nosedives at peak payload or towing load, but we accept the trade-off because the overall range on those vehicles is more than enough.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10136746/understanding-effects-of-payload-and-towing-on-commercial-ev-range

To Electrify Fleets, Plan For The Long Term

If fleet owners are wanting to take on electric vehicles sometime in the near future, they should really look into adopting a strategy that helps to get them there first. This is going to be a process and it isn't going to come together overnight. There are only a few out there as of right now, but as more and more start to take this on, it will set the tone for a lot of other manufacturers to start acquiring this type of vehicle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vehicle fleet managers are smelling the wind of change and buying electric vehicles and chargers.
  • These pilot changes and budget allowances are critical and necessary. But, experts warn that they fall short.
  • These experts have tallied the data and fully expect that a fleet, even comprised of only 3% EVs, will need to make sweeping changes to their supply line and other aspects of their businesses.

“More electric infrastructure will likely need more transmission lines but getting those approved and built could be complicated and politically challenging.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10136466/to-electrify-fleets-you-must-plan-for-the-long-term

4 Ways to Prevent Truck Wheel-Offs

Wheel separation is something that is well understood, we know very well how it happens. The bearings are something that you will want to be picky about because of the bearings are too tight or too loose, then this could lead to problems with your wheels. Before you go to place the wheel back onto the hub, make sure that the area is clear and free of debris, or this can create problems with wheel separation.

Key Takeaways:

  • the causes of wheel separation can be caused by a few things, like loose ball bearings.
  • Be extra picky about your bearings, over tightening or not tightening enough, can have an effect.
  • Before even putting the wheel back on the hub, make sure it is clear of debris first.

“The Canadian province of Ontario has done loads of research into wheel separations and is probably the most active jurisdiction in North America”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10135611/4-ways-to-prevent-truck-wheel-offs

How In-Cab Cameras Help Fleets Improve Safety

It used to just be that sensors were only rolling once the vehicle was moving and that this was a way to help improve safety of drivers by understanding their driving and stopping speed better. This new technology will record the entire drive, even when the vehicle isn't moving to help gain a better perspective on what needs to change or improve within the truck. The stopping speed and speed on its own are two safety issues that are continuously being improved.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleets rely on sensors to ensure braking as well as stopping and speed on all the trucks.
  • There are some sensors that only work when the truck is moving, these will record the entire trip
  • One of the benefits of having this is to convert the information into something safer.

“Systems such as the one from Samsara can be considered a “stand-alone,” says Ingo Wiegand, director of product management at Samsara.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10135529/how-in-cab-cameras-help-fleets-improve-safety

TA Truck Service Adds Spireon FleetLocate Installation Service

TA truck drivers can now have telematics installed in their trucks, and for those who already have it, they can be given an upgrade for this new technology. This will ensure that things move more smoothly as the industry continues to grow. It can be difficult to get your hands on the newest technology now that everybody is looking to get their hands on it at the same time. It is still possible and more will continue to roll out.

Key Takeaways:

  • Professional drivers can now have telematics installed or they can be upgraded.
  • the adoption of telematics continues to rise, and ones who already have it are getting an upgrade.
  • Now that there is a high demand for this technology, it is a lot harder to get your hands on.

“Prior to this partnership, Spireon arranged for all installations to take place on-site at a carrier's location.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10136064/ta-truck-service-adds-spireon-fleetlocate-installation-service

Gatik to Remove Safety Driver from Walmart’s AV Service

There is a driverless vehicle that is moving in the next phase of their driverless vehicles by transitioning away from having a driver in the vehicle into not having a person present inside the vehicle at all. A safety driver was included in their vehicles all along up until this point and they will begin operating without one. The car will be only allowed on fixed and repeatable routes so that there is no issue with the operation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Driverless vehicle testing is moving on the next step and operating without a driver.
  • The company has also worked closely with legislation to ensure that this could be possible.
  • There are other cars that are announcing that they will operate without drivers soon as well.

“The companies also announced a new test on a longer, 20-mile route between New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana, delivering items from a Walmart Supercenter to a customer pickup point.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10132860/gatik-to-remove-safety-driver-from-walmarts-av-service