Jane Clark

VP, Member Services,

Jane Clark is Vice President, Member Services for NationaLease. In this position, she is focused on managing the Member Services operation, as well as working to strengthen member relationships, reduce member costs, and improve collaboration within the NationaLease supporting groups. Prior to joining NationaLease, Jane served as Area Vice President for Randstad, one of the nation’s largest recruitment agencies, and before that, she served in management posts with QPS Companies, Pro Staff, and Manpower, Inc.

Brakes still need work

The recent Brake Safety Week (September 11-17), taught us a lesson. Despite what we may think, we still have work to do on brake maintenance.

During the safety blitz, 13.2% of the trucks and buses examined were placed out of service for brake violations. State, local, provincial, territorial and federal motor vehicle officers conducted nearly 18,400 inspections. They were looking for out of adjustment brakes and other brake system violations.

Maintenance and repair: Controlling that 10%

Maintenance and repair account for 10% of a fleet’s expenses, according to the most recent survey by the American Transportation Research Institute. That equals 15.6 cents per mile and has changed little from the previous year’s survey.

 And while things like drivers and fuel make up bigger portions of fleets’ budgets, 10% is no small amount.

 While there is no way to eliminate maintenance and repair expenses, there are things fleets can do to maximize the benefits of those expenditures.

How long should you keep your assets? 1

The longer you keep your trucks the lower the total cost of ownership, right? That’s not necessarily true for a couple of reasons.

Newer assets tend to be more fuel efficient than older ones. Truck makers have made great strides, aided by government regulations, to make sure today’s trucks get more miles out of a gallon of diesel fuel. And there are now a lot of add-in devices that can make the base truck even more efficient.

New overtime regulations: Are you ready? 1

December 1 is fast approaching. If you’re a fleet owner and that day does not resonate with you, you could be in trouble.

On December 1, 2016 major changes to the overtime rule will be going into effect. The U.S. Department of Labor is changing the overtime exemption regulations and that change has the potential to impact 4.2 million employees who are currently classified as exempt. And I am betting some of them work for you.

A plan for avoiding downtime

For most fleets, downtime is a four-letter word. They want to avoid it at all costs and while there is no way to eliminate 100% of it, you can reduce the chances of it happening.

Make the most of your training dollars

Given the increased complexity of today’s vehicles, training has become even more important than it was in the past. And the cost for it has skyrocketed. Some service providers have seen their spending on training triple in the last several years.

Using data to move toward predictive maintenance

For every day a truck is down for service, it can cost your fleet $800–$1,000 or more, according to Decisiv’s Michael Riemer. While many service providers are working with fleets to significantly reduce the time it takes to complete a repair — employing a triage type system, or streamlining the communication process, for instance — a better strategy is to eliminate the need for the repair in the first place.

Safe driver week: A winning combination

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has designated October 16-22 as Operation Safe Driver Week.

Throughout that week, law enforcement personnel will be focusing extra attention on compulsory safety laws for both car and truck drivers.

The aim of the program is to reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe driving.

The benefits of managing your repair schedules automatically

The only thing more frustrating than having a truck down is having a truck down and no information about what’s going on with the repair…or even if the actual repair process has started.

While periodic updates about the status of the repair are helpful, given the workload of most service locations, chances are unless you call the service provider directly, you won’t be hearing from them.

Knowing when to retire a truck

It can be a bit tricky knowing the exact right time to retire one or more of your trucks. Some fleets set a trade cycle and stick to it no matter what. Others don’t follow a set cycle but rather trade when a new technology they are interested in gets released.

The key to determining the proper trade cycle is to remember that they are not determined by any one factor, but rather a number of them.

Here are some items to consider:

SuperTruck II: Let’s do more than wait

The Department of Energy is once again investing big money on future trucking technology. It recently announced an $80 million investment in SuperTruckII. The goal of this program is to increase freight efficiency.

The first SuperTruck initiative featured four teams that demonstrated gains from aerodynamic devices, low rolling resistance tires, engines, waste heat recovery and highly efficient combustion engines.

The Ideal Outside Service Provider

Maybe it’s the technician shortage. Or the increasing complexity of vehicle systems. Or the cost of diagnostic tools. It could even be some combination of the three. But whatever the reason, you’ve decided you want to farm out some (or all) of your maintenance and repair work.

The decision to outsource is not one that should be made lightly. There are a number of options available to you and no one solution is right for every fleet. However, there are some key factors you should evaluate before selecting an out-sourced provider(s).

The role of maintenance in fuel efficiency

It seems fitting with the recent release of the final Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 regulations to address the role of maintenance in fuel efficiency. The goal of GHG2 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the way to do that is to use less fuel.

Normally when we think about maintenance, we do it with the idea of keeping trucks on the road and avoiding CSA violations. We don’t usually make the connection between a well-maintained truck and better fuel economy.

But there is a connection. 

Drivers are key to maintenance success 1

The first line of defense for well maintained trucks are your drivers. They are required to do pre- and post-trip inspections and submit DVIRs, but the way those inspections are completed varies widely.

There are things you can do to make sure that all inspections are done in a thorough, consistent manner. If you are still using paper forms for pre- and post-trip inspections, you are unwittingly part of the problem.

Related Products

Connect With Us
Resource Centers

Hungry for more? Visit our Resource Centers for more!

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×