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Drivers: Stop your engines! The hard truth about truck idling

It can seem minuscule and even natural to leave your radio on during lunch or air conditioning running during a delivery — especially in these hot summer months. But little tendencies like this can quickly add up to six billion gallons and over $12 billion of wasted fuel each year. Typically, truck drivers rely on idling to maintain the temperature of their cab while they sleep. However, nine states and Washington, D.C. have limited idling to between three and five minutes with another 14 states having separate restrictions for vehicles over 10,001 pounds, according to the National Conference of State

By |July 15th, 2019|

Harsh driving — You can’t afford it

Your logo is your livelihood and having an operation that reflects and represents the values of your company — both on and off the road — is essential to achieving customer satisfaction and overall success. But harsh driving events such as sudden braking, speeding, and distracted driving can result in accidents, injuries, and bad publicity for your fleet. Be aware of brand recognition Aside from transporting orders to and from service locations, your trucks serve as free, mobile advertising for your company — whether you know it or not. Unfortunately, a single action on the road can hinder your company’s

By |July 9th, 2019|

Geofencing: Protect Your Vehicle and Bottom Line

“Call me when you get there” has become an all-to-common request by fleet managers to their drivers. Making sure drivers arrive at their designated service locations on time with accurate loads is essential to customer satisfaction and the success of your operation — and could be the difference between spending and saving thousands of dollars a week. But without complete visibility into vehicle status and location along a route, it can be difficult to determine accurate arrival, departure, and idling times. Geofencing, or virtual perimeters around a physical location, enables back-office personnel to track and monitor assets from depot to

By |May 22nd, 2019|

Fuel Savings

Fuel efficiency is a top concern for everyone in the transportation industry — from independent owner-operators to enterprise fleets. And as fuel costs continue to rise, drivers and fleet managers must take steps to reduce wasted fuel and conserve this liquid gold. Let’s take a look at six ways fleets can save fuel and lower operational costs: 1-Reduce idling Leaving the air conditioning running during a delivery or the radio on during lunch may seem small, but these expenses can quickly add up. It’s essential to train drivers so they can refine their habits to become more energy-efficient. 2-Avoid aggressive

By |May 1st, 2019|

Diagnosing the Emotions that Come with Engine Diagnostics

Seeing a Check Engine light come on is a dreaded occurrence for anyone behind the wheel, especially when that wheel steers your financial well-being. One simple light can cause days of wasted time and revenue — and add unforeseen obstacles to your operation. Having a Check Engine light come on and determining the necessary steps to fix the issue before it worsens can trigger a mixed-bag of emotions: Horror Driving down the road when, suddenly, the light flashes on. You panic and think, “How serious is this? How am I going to fix this? What do I need to do?”

By |January 8th, 2019|

Driver Safety Scorecard

A common question of business owners as well as fleet and safety managers is, “How do I know if my drivers are being safe on the road?” Driving safely is a huge concern to protect your crew as well as your business and brand. One of the key features of Omnitracs’ Roadnet Anywhere system is the ability to measure driving behavior. The tracking device Omnitracs provides has a built-in accelerometer, which reads for harsh braking, cornering, accelerations, and speeding events by monitoring the G-Forces of the vehicle. We offer an automated Driver Safety Scorecard through your portal that will tell

By |December 21st, 2018|