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.

Your Jan. 4 Pre-Trip: UberFreight takes on trucking

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GPS Insight report: Fleets talk telematics

When it comes to adopting a new telematics system, about one in five fleets say they’d test a system before purchasing it. That’s according to the fleets surveyed in a GPS Insight-sponsored technology report.

Trucking: Hero or villain in today’s pop culture 

Remember when movies like Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy were at the height of pop culture back in the ’70s? Truck drivers were depicted as road warriors and modern-day cowboys—heroes even.

Your Dec. 7 Pre-Trip: Trump and NAFTA

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Truck speed: Finding the ‘sweet spot’

Though the public comment period on the truck speed limiter proposal closes today, many fleets have been limiting their vehicle speeds for years for both safety and fuel economy reasons. Schneider is one of them. And the carrier said it believes it has found its sweet spot.

Combating rate volatility in trucking 2

Whether it’s caused by demand, economic activity, major political events, weather events, or fuel costs, one of the most significant problems in the trucking industry today for shippers, carriers and freight brokers alike, is rate volatility, according to Lisa McGinty, chief marketing officer at TransVix.

Your Nov. 28 Pre-Trip: Self-driving truck hits the road in Ohio

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Reaching for driver retention solutions

The trucking industry has a lot of obstacles to overcome when it comes to retaining drivers. An aging workforce, low pay for demanding jobs, and inconsistent training are just a few.

Leah Shaver, chief operating officer for The National Transportation Institute (NTI), explained regulations are another big problem for the industry. Shaver shared research from NTI during Fleet Owner’s Nov. 16 webinar on improving driver retention.

Your Nov. 10 Pre-Trip: Trump, a boost for infrastructure spending?

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Using past data to prep your fleet for winter

Winter is around the corner. Colder temperatures often mean an uptick in idle time, lower tire pressure, and heavier rolling resistance – all leading to deteriorated fuel economy.

But Mike Spence, senior vice president of fleet service at Fleet Advantage, said fleets can combat some of these winter woes with last year’s data. He suggests fleet managers start reviewing their fleet’s data from the past 13 months to make the appropriate moves before winter begins.

Continental celebrates groundbreaking in Mississippi

CLINTON, MS. Continental Tire officially broke ground at the site of its new tire plant near Clinton, MS, Nov. 3. Continental is investing approximately $1.4 billion in the plant, which according to Nikolai Setzer, Conti’s executive board member and head of global business, is part of the company’s long-term growth strategy.

Continental to offer fleet training at Mississippi tire plant

CLINTON, MS. Continental’s new tire plant, slated to open in Hinds County by the end of 2019, will be a place fleet customers can visit to learn about the tires, as well as pick up some tips that could help them reduce costs.

Continental Tire breaks ground in Mississippi

CLINTON, MS. Continental Tire officially broke ground at the site of its new tire plant near Clinton, MS, Nov. 3. Thursday’s ceremony marked the beginning of the construction process, which is expected to be completed in 2019, according to the company.

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