By: Derek On: November 15, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

It comes up every year…but has any progress really been made??? That’s the real, burning question. Is truck driver health still in a crisis situation? MOST Fleet Managers would tell you, “yes.” It’s one thing to feel unhealthy or be carrying some extra weight around. It’s another to see...

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By: Derek On: November 08, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The progress is happening at a “greater speed than expected,” said Roger Nielsen, president, and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. Nielsen went on to predict that Daimler would have the “highest number” of electric semi and other vehicles in the commercial vehicle segment in 2020. Electric Semi Battery...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: August 16, 2018 In: Company News, Industry news Comments: 0

Fleet Owner recently published an article on the best practices for recruiting and retaining truck technicians. As you might imagine, this is a topic we have been focused on at Dickinson Fleet Services. Not only do we want to attract top talent to work as part of our team,...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: July 27, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The Truck Driver Appreciation Week dates have been set. This year, NTDAW it’s going to take place September 9th-15th. This will be a time where we can all come together to show some extra appreciation for the professional drivers who are out there delivering the things we want and...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: June 26, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

We’re busy. And we’re only getting busier…all of us. On top of that, technology is advancing at an alarming rate when it comes to logistics. Speed was already important, but now it has become the name of the game. It’s becoming more convenient to order anything, anytime, from anywhere....

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By: DickinsonFleet On: June 07, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Semi truck aerodynamics have come a long way over the years. Tractors and trailers are now able to slice through the air much more effortlessly than previous generations. And when you add aftermarket devices to your equipment, aerodynamics can be improved even more. The result in all of this,...

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By: Brien Richmond On: May 30, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

It’s just around the corner…are you ready??? If not, it’s time to start preparing your fleet for this year’s International Roadcheck from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) taking place from June 5-7, 2018. And, as you might have guessed with the ELD compliance mandate recently taking effect, the...

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By: Brien Richmond On: May 08, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Is virtual reality the future of commercial truck driver training? There is a very real question to consider as companies such as VRMotion continue to develop their virtual reality training simulators. In fact, some companies such as UPS are already beginning to implement this technology among their new hires....

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By: Brien Richmond On: May 02, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

According to CVSA, if the tread depth on a steer tire is less than 2/32 of an inch in two adjacent grooves, then the vehicle is placed out of service until the tire is replaced. The tires on all other wheel positions must have a tread depth of at...

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By: Brien Richmond On: April 18, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

This is a great question. Do you know the answer? In addition to distracted driving, driver fatigue is right up there among the top causes for concern when it comes to truck driver accidents. Getting good amounts of sleep as a CDL driver just isn’t easy. If you’ve ever...

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By: Brien Richmond On: March 19, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

No one likes problems. But wouldn’t you rather address a potential problem early than react to a costly one later? If you’re a fleet manager or owner…the answer should always be yes. The rising costs of fleet maintenance have been a hot topic lately with all signs pointing to...

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By: Brien Richmond On: February 06, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Self-driving trucks. Autonomous vehicles. We’ve talked a lot about this topic which, along with the ELD mandate, has dominated headlines in the transportation industry. We took a closer look at what self-driving trucks might mean for technicians. We also examined the ins and outs of how it might actually...

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By: Brien Richmond On: January 31, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The ELD mandate has arrived, but how are fleets responding? While some are embracing the new technology, other smaller operations are avoiding it like the plague. And when it comes to the truckers themselves, if you were to ask two different truckers – you’d likely get two complete different...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 17, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

It’s happening. Just look all around… “Trucking firms offer up to $8000 bonus and other deals to lure drivers” “Truck lines toss cash at drivers to ease turnover, shortages” “Roehl Transport Announces Significant Driver Pay Increase” “More TL pay package, bonus plans on the way” News of trucking companies...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 03, 2018 In: Industry news Comments: 0

One of the biggest stories to come out of 2017 was, of course, the autonomous truck. While it’s clear that this is the direction the industry is headed, what’s unclear is exactly what it means for everyone involved – especially CDL drivers. But there is one big thing that...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: December 26, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Technology Trends 2018 Staying up-to-date with technology is a big deal in the transportation industry. When it comes to logistics having information and data available in real time is everything…and technology allows just that. At Dickinson Fleet Services, we invest in technology internally and are committed to keeping our...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: December 07, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Thank a Trucker Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but the season to “ Thank a Trucker ” is far from over. It’s during the holidays that truck drivers have one of the most demanding jobs out there. Tight deadlines, inclement weather, increased traffic and more. Needless to say,...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 29, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Electric Trucks When it comes to electric trucks, most are saying it’s not a matter of IF but WHEN? When we will see electric semi trucks reach widespread status? It might be sooner than we think.  According to Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, production of the new electric...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 15, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

This is that time of year when it’s always good to put out some Winter safety reminders among your drivers. While many of the items listed below may seem like basic things, they’re also among the most commonly overlooked. Let’s take a moment to review… Keep Tabs on Weather...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: October 31, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Just last week, the folks from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released their annual report on the “Top 10 Issues” facing the trucking community. This report includes the findings of a survey that is conducted each year and compares it to the...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: October 25, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Some Fleet Managers have embraced it. Others have resisted over the years due to cost and the factors. But come December of this year, 2017, all CDL drivers required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to document their compliance with...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: October 17, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

CVSA Safe Driving Enforcement Week is upon us. You don’t want any driver in your fleet to get hit with a ticket or violation. It can be deterimental for the record and hit  the pocketbook hard. Likewise, it’s good to make sure that other motorists are aware of these...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 25, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

With Hurricane Harvey, Irma and the fires, many people throughout our nation have been hit with hard times. These extreme weather conditions have caused thousands to be displaced and without the necessities. During these times that humanity tends to band together to help one another out. With Dickinson Fleet...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 19, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

We’re pleased to announce that the 2017 TMC SuperTech Competition road will continue for both technicians from Dickinson Fleet! Stay tuned – the final results will be announced the evening of September 19th, 2017 at the awards banquet. These technicians each began their journey at our 2nd Annual Top...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 15, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was technically Sept. 10-16th. But, I would tell you that truck driver appreciation week came early this year. As we all know, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have hit our country hard. And it’s during extreme times of need like these when we’re all...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 12, 2017 In: Company News, Industry news Comments: 0

You can be the fastest car in the world, but if you’re not going to finish races it doesn’t matter. In other words, speed is important but reliability is a necessity. And both speed and reliability are at the very foundation of our partnership with Andretti Autosport. WATCH: Dickinson...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 05, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

We’ve talked about distracted driving quite a bit. More specifically, we’ve placed emphasis on the use of phones while driving. Texting while driving is certainly something we are constantly monitoring among our own fleet of mobile technicians and likely something you’ve addressed with yours as well. When it comes...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: August 24, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

We live in a world of now, now and now. Customers want and expect near immediate gratification when it comes to most things, especially receiving goods. This theme has only been reinforced as online retailers such as Amazon continue to grow. A speedy delivery on goods is no longer...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: August 15, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The time has come. It’s time to have “the talk” with your fleet. The talk about SAFETY. Safety is a priority for every company, especially those of us at Dickinson Fleet. But that doesn’t mean that we all couldn’t benefit from a little reminder. And NOW is the time...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: August 07, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Should you follow the manufacturer’s set schedule or not? This is an interesting topic and one that I am sure all of us have wondered from time to time. Whether it’s our own personal vehicles or the fleet of trucks we are managing; we’ve all probably wondered if we...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: June 19, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The heat is on and we’ve been talking about Summer driving tips here on the Dickinson Fleet blog. In our last post, we talked about the importance of being prepared for the Roadcheck 2017 and the focus on cargo safety this year. Summertime Distracted Driving Another topic that deserves...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: June 12, 2017 In: Company News, Industry news, Press Release Comments: 0

Indianapolis, Indiana:  Dickinson Fleet Services (“DFS” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Reliable Mobile Service of Chicago, Illinois. DFS, along with majority shareholder Ridgemont Equity Partners, completed the acquisition on June 1, 2017. Reliable Mobile Service has over 20 years of experience servicing light, medium...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: June 02, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

With Memorial Day behind us and school out of session, the realization is hitting that SUMMER IS UPON US! Now that means different things for different people, but one thing is true for ALL of us: we’re going to encounter more drivers on the road. Summer holidays, Summer vacations,...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: May 24, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

At Dickinson Fleet Services, we work to stay on top of the latest technology trends in the transportation industry. Being ahead of the curve is what allows us to provide the best mobile fleet maintenance and repair services available today. As we come across interesting news, we make it...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: May 19, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Press a button. Get a load. Can it really be that simple? Uber is now officially in the trucking game and this is the promise it makes. But will it disrupt the trucking industry like it has the taxi cab business? There’s now doubt the original target market is...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: May 16, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

On-board cameras, increased connectivity to the highway, self-driving trucks and more. As technology continues to progress, we’re approaching the “gamification” of trucking. But is that such a good thing? Soon nearly every move will be monitored, in real-time. Whether it’s the driver actually behind the wheel or riding co-pilot,...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: April 14, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

April is here. It’s Spring Break season. Gas prices are low. This means there are more and more people on the road. Which also means, distracted driving is going to be at an all-time high. Leading causes of distractions include cell phones/technology, problems at home, lack of sleep, mind...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: April 07, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Spring has sprung and it appears the warm weather is finally here. That also means as the Winter is behind us, the rain is moving in as the temps (finally) begin to rise. For many people ,this means it’s time for some “Spring cleaning” around the house. But for...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: March 28, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The annual commercial vehicle inspection push is coming. It will be here before you know it and NOW is the time to start preparing. That’s right, June 6th -8th DOT Inspectors will be conducting numerous roadside inspections and many CDL drivers are not going to be prepared. Are yours?...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: March 23, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Transport Topics recently had a live video broadcast all about reaching millennials in truck driving. Whether the subject be recruiting or retaining drivers, the panel seemed to agree that this generation is different. During this broadcast, there were several hot topics discussed including the intrastate vs. interstate age limitations,...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: March 08, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Will drone deliveries disrupt trucking? That’s the question. The transportation industry has been buzzing about drones for quite some time. But just how big of an impact will these flying robots have? As big players such as Amazon, Google, UPS and DHL begin to enter this space, only time...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: February 10, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

“Years ago, when I saw people driving how I’m seeing them drive today, my first thought was, ‘They’re drunk’ . . . Today, you pretty much think, ‘They’re playing with their phone.’” This is what Herschel Evans, a seasoned Holland truck driver had to say in a recent FleetOwner.com...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: February 02, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Self-driving trucks. This is a major trend going on right now in the transportation industry. But is this digital disruption good or bad for trucking? Well, that depends upon who you ask. Some drivers and Fleet Managers see mainly an upside. Others are more intimidated by the technology and...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 27, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

It’s that time of year again. We’ve talked about it before. Truck driver health. Right NOW is the time to be thinking about it. But don’t just stop at the thinking, consider the DOING as well. A recent transportation industry report shows 21 percent of drivers who left the...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 17, 2017 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Fleet Managers have a lot on their plate. There’s no doubt about that. Continually working to improve things such as fuel efficiency, driver satisfaction and vehicle maintenance are just a few things involved in the day-to-day. All of these things are important and they all can be controlled. But...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: December 21, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Tires can impact so much when it comes to fleet performance. And it’s not just about the equipment, but driver satisfaction/performance as well. There’s so much riding on the tires of your fleet, literally. Let’s take a closer look… Tires Impact Fuel Performance Underinflation will absolutely destroy your fuel...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 30, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

At Dickinson Fleet Services, we spend a lot of time studying the latest technology trends in the transportation industry. We’re committed to keeping our readers informed about what’s working and what isn’t. Prior to introducing new technology, it’s important to reflect on how the market is currently responding to...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 01, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

As 2016 comes to a close, you can’t help but notice the mobile maintenance trends that are shaping the transportation industry. The message is clear -more Fleet Managers than ever are making the progression toward using a mobile truck repair and maintenance provider. When you stop to think about...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: October 25, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Are you looking to upgrade your Fleet Management System in 2017? Better yet, SHOULD You Be? Even if things are cruising along great, it might be time to consider the upgrade now. Especially if your current FMS is 3-5 year old. Reason being, competition is out there and regulations...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: August 29, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Many fleets are shifting away from from manual transmissions. But why? The reasoning is simple, fully automatic transmission mean improved fuel performance, less maintenance requirements, and less strain on the driver. And as the transmission continues to improve, there is another theme developing here – the “thinking” transmission. A...

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