Gasoline Inches Higher to 2017 Peak

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April 18, 2017
<p><em>Survant</em></p> Fleet Manager of the Year Survant Joins NTEA

George Survant has joined the work truck association NTEA, and left his role as senior fleet director of Charter Communications, where he was honored as Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.

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<p><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p> Gasoline Inches Higher to 2017 Peak

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline increased 2 cents to $2.41, which marked a 2-cent increase on the week and a high-water mark for 2017, reports AAA.

<p><em>Photo of 2018 S-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.</em></p> 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Adds Advanced Tech

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup will receive a new generation of engines, bevy of driver assisting features, and upgraded interior, the company announced as it will show the luxury sedan at the Shanghai auto show.

Calif. Distracted Driving Law Often Ignored

California Highway Patrol officers are having no problem catching violators of the state's stricter handheld phone ban, which took effect Jan. 1. Offenders are still blaming navigation applications, but that excuse has no merit since phones must be mounted on the dashboard or windshield during navigation use. Video courtesy of KABC/ABC7 News.

<p><em>Photo of 2018 Sonata courtesy of Hyundai.</em></p> 2018 Hyundai Sonata Adds Blind Spot Detection

Hyundai's 2018 Sonata will arrive with new safety features such as blind spot detection with a rear cross-traffic alert in addition to new body styling and LED daytime running lights, the company announced at the New York International Auto Show.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook

Michele Bartlett, Ford’s general manager of commercial and government fleet sales, discusses the outlook for 2017.

<p><em>Photo of the Mike Albert Fleet Solutions team engaging in a meeting courtesy of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions.</em></p> Mike Albert Fleet's New President Looks Ahead

Alongside the appointment of Jeffrey Hart as Mike Albert Fleet Solutions’ new president, Marty Betagole — daughter of the company’s former CEO — has assumed the role of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions’ new CEO.

Mike Antich
Editor and Associate Publisher
Market Trends
Decrease Incidents of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance Caused by Overloading

When a truck is overloaded, its operating performance will be strained, accelerating wear-and-tear on brakes and other wear components, such as tire, which have higher failure rates because they run hotter due to the increased load. Another issue is axle overloading, which causes premature wear-and-tear on tires and suspension components.

Paul Clinton
Senior Web Editor
Driving Notes
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

The Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has found an audience among executive drivers, adds a Trailhawk trim grade for 2017 that enhances the vehicle's off-road capability without the high price tag.

Fleet manager salaries continued to rise in 2016. A majority of fleet managers in the 2017 survey make between $60,000 and $90,000, with the most common average being $72,500.
2017 Fleet Salaries
The three-quarter-ton Ram 2500 is available in eight trim grades
FCA's 2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman
All trim levels come standard with forward-wheel drive. All-wheel drive options are also available for all models.
Driving the 2017 Mazda CX-5
The Path to ELD Compliance

Reduce Your Oil Change Costs By Up To 50%

Fleet Card Fraud: Sources, Trends and Prevention

FleetBeat Safety Report, Volume 3

7 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Video Safety Program

Strategic Insights to Enhance Fleet Performance

Creating a Safety Culture: Moving from Policies to Habits

2017 Special Report: Preparing for the ELD Mandate

Best Practices for Cybersecurity Management in Telematics

5 Steps to Optimizing Fleet Operations

The Impact of Mobile on Fleet

Cooperative Procurement: Do You Really Have to Go to Bid?

5 Trends in Fleet Management To Watch For in 2017

Three Easy Ways Telematics Can Improve Driver Safety

The True Costs of Outsourced Maintenance & How to Compare Vendors

Managing Tire Expenses

Choosing Motor Pool Technology: 20 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Determining the ROI of Implementing a Fleet Management System.

10 Reminders on How to Avoid Data Overload

Using Fleet Tracking to Reduce Fuel Costs

6 Ways to Maximize Vehicle Uptime

How to Select a Telematics Provider

HUBB to Demonstrate Reusable Oil Filter

NAPA Auto Parts Stores Offers EZ Oil Drain Valve

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