Cristina Commendatore

Associate Editor,
Fleet Owner

Cristina Commendatore joined Fleet Owner in April 2015. She has many years of experience as a journalist covering a variety of news. She has a master's degree from Quinnipiac University.

Gamification of Trucking 

Year-after-year, Southeastern-based carrier G&P Trucking brought home the gold for safety in the competitions it entered. More recently, however, the company noticed an increase in accidents, and though it still won trophies for safety, they weren’t first place. That’s when safety director John Billingsley stepped in.

Keeping your drivers focused in a world of distractions

Fuel prices are down, fuel-efficiency technologies are thriving, and that means big savings in fuel costs for trucking and the rest of the motoring public. That’s a good thing for fleets, right? It depends on how you look at it.

Low fuel prices nationwide mean more vehicles on the road. And, according to Christopher Hayes, second vice president of Risk Control, Transportation Services at Travelers, it’s all happening in an environment where more distractions abound.

Step it up for your drivers 

I’m a competitive person. Ask anyone who’s done a Fitbit step challenge with me.

They say that 10,000 steps a day is what you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And by “they” I mean the health experts—or the marketing folks at Fitbit or other fitness wearable companies that want you to buy their trackers.

Complying with FSMA: Is your fleet ready? 2

The date for carriers to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new food safety rule is around the corner. The rule falls under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which passed in 2011 in response to listeria and salmonella outbreaks mainly stemming from the manufacturing, processing, and handling of food.

What to know about recruiting and retaining millennials

INDIANAPOLIS. Millennials. They’re the generation known for being technologically driven and savvy on social media. They’re multitaskers, they’re civic minded, and they crave diversity. And there are more than 80 million of them.

Trucks that work: More from NTEA 2017

As the slogan goes, it’s called the Work Truck Show for a reason. And this year’s show followed through with illustrating just how hard vocational trucks and fleets have to work day in and day out. This year’s National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show in Indianapolis featured everything from new equipment and alternative fuel upfits to fully electric vehicles, Class 8 dump trucks, pickups and vans, and snowplows. Here’s a deeper look into what the show had to offer. (All photos by Cristina Commendatore and Sean Kilcarr)

XL Hybrids displays XLP upfit on F-150 at NTEA

INDIANAPOLIS. XL Hybrids displayed its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution for the first time during the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show.

According to Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids’ co-founder and chief operating officer, the XLP upfit on F-150 half-ton trucks will begin delivery in fourth quarter 2017 and will provide 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon, as well as reductions in C02 emissions.

Fuso unveils new gas-powered cabover, all-electric eCanter truck

INDIANAPOLIS. Mitsubishi Fuso announced it is developing a new gasoline powertrain for its FE Series medium-duty cabover trucks and launched its new electric truck, the eCanter, here at the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show.

According to the company Fuso’s FE130, FE160 and FE180 will be powered by a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6-liter V8 engine, coupled with an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. The new V8 engine models will be the first Fuso vehicles to be assembled in the U.S., noted Jecka Glasman, Fuso’s president and CEO.

Mack extends uptime, connectivity for older models

INDIANAPOLIS. Mack Trucks announced it is bringing its uptime solutions to customers with Mack legacy vehicles. Working with Geotab, Mack said it now offers connectivity for older Mack vehicles that are not equipped with its GuardDog Connect telematics hardware. Mack made the announcement here at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Ford updates CV lineup, expands 2018 Transit

INDIANAPOLIS. Ford announced updates to its broad commercial vehicle lineup and introduced programs dedicated to its fleet and commercial customers here at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show.

Objectives for adopting zero-emission vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS. When it comes to the adoption of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), many questions abound. Is there enough infrastructure for trucks to refuel? What are the estimated lifecycles of ZEVs compared to combustion engines? What are some incentives to retire older trucks? And so on.

Those questions were answered during a panel on government objectives for zero-emission transportation during Tuesday’s Green Truck Summit at The Work Truck Show.

A time of change: How will the future of trucking look?

INDIANAPOLIS. Wilfried Achenbach, senior vice president of engineering and technology for Daimler Trucks North America, says we are living in a time of change – better yet, a time in which the trucking industry is changing at an extremely rapid pace. Achenbach delivered Tuesday’s keynote address here at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show’s Green Truck Summit and touched on what he believes the future of the industry will look like.

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