By: DickinsonFleet On: August 09, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

How many smartphone apps do you use in any given day? Have you ever stopped to think about what apps could make life easier for drivers? We talk a lot about technology here at Dickinson Fleet. As the industry changes, we do our best to equip our technicians with...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: July 23, 2016 In: Company News, Industry news Comments: 0

Last night was all about celebrating the incredible talent on display within the Dickinson Fleet Services team.  Ten diesel technicians from every region of the company assembled at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Indianapolis to enjoy dinner and await the announcement of the winner of the company’s first...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: April 26, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will be June 7-9, 2016. And the big question this year will be: are your tires safe? A Focus On Tires That’s right, each year International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2016 International...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: April 18, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

I recently saw a Student Driver Placement magazine and couldn’t help but notice the headline on the cover: “Trucking is almost out of technicians!” As you can imagine, that’s pretty attention grabbing for a company that provides mobile truck repair and maintenance services. It all comes back to numbers....

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By: DickinsonFleet On: April 12, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Paperwork… Let’s face it. No one really enjoys it. But paperwork is a necessary evil of trucking. Paperwork is a necessary part of just about any business. Sure, as a whole we are going much more digital and mobile – but paperwork in some form still exists. This is...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: April 04, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The Mid-America Truck Show, or “MATS” is a chance for companies in the trucking industry to unveil new products, showcase new trucks, all while connecting with drivers. From its website, “MATS is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. Held each year at the Kentucky Exposition...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: March 24, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

How much does preventative maintenance really cost? As a Fleet Manager it’s so important to understand the truth behind the answer to that question. Understanding the CSA Compliance Program

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By: DickinsonFleet On: February 23, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

What does the next generation of truck drivers look like? Admit it.  If you’re a Fleet Manager, this is a question you’ve entertained. As more and more drivers continue to approach retirement age, it seems the younger generation just can’t come into the transportation industry quickly enough.  And those...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: February 22, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 1

Admit it. If you’re in the trucking industry, you’ve wondered if the Uber concept could really work.  On the surface, you might simply think that if an app can connect a “taxi” driver with a passenger, then why couldn’t it connect a company needing freight to be moved with...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: February 16, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Fuel economy is a big deal in trucking.  Just ask any Fleet Manager.  Odds are, if you’re a Fleet Manager you’ve spent time reviewing it and are always trying to improve upon your collective MPG.  Even the slightest enhancements in MPG can mean millions of dollars in savings for...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: February 08, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

January is now a memory and 2016 is well underway.  This means it’s the time of year that we find the conversation switching from new year’s resolutions to tax returns and deductions.  Oh yes, fleet managers and truck drivers, it’ll soon be time to get those taxes filed for...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 28, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

We have covered truck driver turnover rates and strategies for retaining drivers previously on our blog.  Recently, The Washington Post wrote an article about a company that is retaining more drivers by giving them a voice.  It’s strategy is simple: listen to drivers and help solve their issues.  Let’s take...

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

We have spent quite a bit of time here on the Dickinson Fleet site discussing technology and the future of fleet management.  We’ve covered the overall theme of better connecting the drivers to the road and the road to the drivers.  But one thing we have yet to drive...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 14, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

If you are a Fleet Manager, the health of your drivers is quickly becoming as important as the health of your trucks.  Because, just like when your trucks break down, your drivers breaking down means increased costs for repair.  Truck driving is one of the deadliest professions.  There’s really...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: January 06, 2016 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Some are called transportation management systems (TMS), and some fleet management systems (FMS), but they essentially do the same thing – deliver data to Fleet Managers and drivers. The point in delivering this information is, of course, to enable both parties to make better decisions. Decisions that are quicker,...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: December 28, 2015 In: Industry news, Truck Maintenance Comments: 0

Year after year, statistics show that truck driver turnover is at an all time high.  And, on the other side of the equation, demand for qualified drivers continues to be at an all time high as well.  This has created a shortage in the transportation industry that’s unlike any...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: December 17, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

With Winter here and snowy conditions following soon behind, many Fleet Managers are starting to think about preventative maintenance.  Fine tuning your fleet now, can help make sure you minimize downtime in the cold of winter.  Basic things include inspecting the battery, making sure there’s plenty of coolant as...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 16, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

The holidays are upon us.  Along with all of the joy this time of year brings comes some stress from the hustle and bustle of trying to get everything done. Driver Stress During The Holidays This is even more true in the transportation industry.  As Fleet Managers know, making...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 16, 2015 In: Industry news, Mobile Truck Repair, Truck Maintenance Comments: 0

Let’s get right to it.  Here are 3 quick truck maintenance questions I’d like for you to consider… 1. What’s your plan for handling truck repair and maintenance in 2016?  2. Better yet, how have things gone so far in 2015?  3. And finally, does anything need to change?...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: November 06, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Driver fatigue… According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy/fatigued driving accounts for 72,000 crashes per year and more than 800 deaths. Driver fatigue is a concern among “regular” drivers, but it’s even more of an issue for commercial drivers.  Why?  Because research indicates that commercial drivers only...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: October 27, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

As any Fleet Manager knows, driver safety is a top priority no matter the size of the company.  Over the last few years, a hot topic in the way of safety has been on-board driver cameras.  This has been somewhat of a controversial subject as it raises questions regarding...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 23, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

What if our highways were smarter?  What would that mean to you?  What would it mean to fleet managers everywhere? Smarter Highways = Smarter CommunicationImagine the highway able to communicate traffic information, pavement conditions or accidents up ahead.  Imagine if the highway itself knew deer were nearby and sent...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 20, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is upon us (September 13-19, 2015).  This is a time when all of us at Dickinson Fleet take a moment to honor the hard working men and women who keep our country moving (literally).  As fleet managers know, these individuals work some of...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 16, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

FleetOwner.com recently published its “Trucking By The Numbers” report.  One thing we always pay special attention to at Dickinson Fleet Services is the breakdown on economics; specifically as it relates to companies with fleet operations.  It’s highly important for us to understand things from our customer’s point of view....

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By: DickinsonFleet On: September 16, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

There’s a movement going on in the transportation industry among fleet owners and managers.  This movement is called the “big data” movement.   Simply put, it’s an effort to use technology to gather as much information as possible about each truck/vehicle in a fleet; then use that data to make...

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By: DickinsonFleet On: August 17, 2015 In: Industry news Comments: 0

Tire inflation monitoring is a big deal to any fleet manager.  Why?  Because it means big time savings in fuel and equipment.  While pressure and tread on tires should always be noted during a proper pre-trip inspection, having the ability to continuously monitor tire pressure and auto-inflate tires is...

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