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Diesel Exhaust Fluid FAQs

To reduce environmental pollution and promote cleaner diesel emissions, EPA standards were revised in 2010 to significantly reduce harmful NOx (oxides of nitrogen emitted from engines) levels from new trucks.

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Why “Training” Maintenance Technicians Doesn’t Work

The growing shortage of maintenance technicians is an issue that fleet professionals like you are well aware of, as the challenge of hiring technicians who are well-versed in modern diesel engines and able to keep up with the latest industry technologies affects an increasing number of operations nationwide.

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MILLION MILE MAVERICKS

Making the switch to Final Charge helped Maverick more than double the amount of miles between coolant changes. With a fleet of 1450 trucks, that means way more wheels on the road and out of the shop.

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Understanding how SCR affects your bottom line

Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology has seen a tremendous growth in popularity with fleet professionals over the past six years, both for its ability to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and for the financial and performance benefits it provides to fleets.

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Types of Equipment Needed to Store and Pump DEF

While it is critical that fleets utilize high-quality diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to keep engines running at peak levels, the quality and functionality of equipment used to store and pump DEF is equally important.

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DEF Purity from Start to Finish will Keep You Rolling

From rigorous testing, to dedicated trucks and railcars, to specialized pumps BlueDEF expert details how PEAK C&I goes beyond mere compliance.

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How to Use Technology to Find Loads

Some dub the rush to offer fleets, shippers and drivers load-finding apps as the “Uberization” of freight. There’s a plethora of apps offering matching services for fleets and drivers looking for loads and for shippers with cargo that needs to be delivered. Here is a roundup of nine popular load-finding apps currently on the market.

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Dashcams: Friend or Foe?

Fleet managers expect initial resistance from drivers when they implement forward-facing and driver-facing video recorders. Drivers balk at what they perceive as an invasion of privacy and, for many, dash cams conjure up images of big brother.

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How Telematics is Helping Fleets and Drivers

Most fleets and drivers realize there is much more to telematics than routing and locating vehicles. Today’s telematics devices provide real-time diagnostics, monitor fuel economy, send drivers alerts and more.

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The Latest Update on GHG & Fuel Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released Phase 2 of the federal greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards.

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The ABCs of DEF

Today’s modern diesel engines need Diesel Exhaust Fluid to help them stay in compliance with federally mandated diesel emissions standards to reduce NOx emissions.

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A Guide to DEF Storage & Contamination

Diesel Exhaust Fluid is a vital component in today’s emissions compliant engine. It’s a non-hazardous, non-toxic, non-flammable material that lowers NOx concentrations.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Extending Maintenance Intervals

While extended maintenance intervals are only for certain late-model trucks and engines, if you do plan on extending intervals, here are some guidelines to follow.

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6 Benefits of an Oil Analysis Program

Whether or not your extending your oil change intervals or the type of oil you’re using, all fleets should take advantage of oil analysis.

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Purity in def delivery

With the introduction of the latest Environmental Protection Agency emissions levels limits, diesel engine manufacturers turned to a new technology to clean up nitrogen oxides in the exhaust stream. Download the whitepaper for important information about selective catalytic reduction and the importance of assuring the highest standards in the production and delivery of your DEF.

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What you need to know about PC-11 Oil

You may have heard about the next generation of diesel engine oils, but aside from knowing there’s one on the way the details are probably a little hazy. The following article will inform you about the fundamentals of PC-11.

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Key Products to Boost Fleet Productivity: Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolants

The connection between your fleet’s engine performance and the larger fleet system’s success is undeniable; fleet professionals should take advantage of every available opportunity to support an engine with quality products to keep their engine and their operation running smooth.

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A Guide for Fleet Managers on SCR Technology

The Environmental Protection Agency, OEMs and many trucking fleets have committed themselves to a cleaner environment by reducing NOx (oxides of nitrogen). To reduce NOx emissions that are harmful to the environment and public health, most new diesel-powered engines are equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system.

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e-Log and Speed Limiter Delays

Regulations covering electronic logging and speed limiters have again been delayed according to the Department of Transportation.

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What you can expect from FMCSA’s safety fitness rules

What you can expect from FMCSA’s safety fitness rules

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Hours-of-Service Frustrations

Hours-of-service law limits drivers’ on-duty time to 14 hours with one 30-minute break, but only 11 of those hours can be spent actually driving. That leaves about 150 minutes for things like “pickup and delivery, safety inspections and shutting down.”

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3 keys to productivity

Fleet professionals understand the importance of improving productivity. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by PEAK Commercial & Industrial, nearly 80% of all fleet managers currently have a formalized productivity plan in place.

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Ways to Increase Your Fleet’s Productivity

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, fleet professionals are continuously looking for ways to increase performance and maximize profits. Fleet productivity is a key factor that cannot be ignored in this pursuit, as utilizing a vehicle to get more done in less time with the lowest possible cost provides a significant boost to an organization’s performance.

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Understanding your cost per mile

One measure of an owner-operator’s success is how well you know the exact cost per mile it takes to operate profitably.

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Managing Your Time

Hours of Service regulations limit the number of hours an owner-operator can drive, so you need to make sure you optimize the time you have available. Time management is the process of taking control over the amount of time spent on specific activities in order to increase your productivity.

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How to Read Your P&L Statement

To run a successful business, you have to be able to compare your income (revenue) with your expenses. One easy way to do that is with a Profit & Loss statement. While that may sound like a daunting term, a P&L statement is really just a report on the health of your company — just like the report you get from your doctor after your annual physical.

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Driving Tips to Keep Your Fleet Safe this Summer

Summer is the busiest season for roadways nationwide; increased travel and summer road construction spark traffic that places drivers’ safety at risk and frequently delays critical deliveries. Because the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day is historically one of the most dangerous times on the road.

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Protecting Your Fleet: Summer Maintenance Checklist

While summer is often viewed as a time for vacation and relaxation, hardworking fleet professionals are still active and accountable for keeping the country moving year round. Keeping equipment in optimal shape is key in ensuring reliable, on-time deliveries even as temperatures rise.

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Focus on Summer Fleet Management: Q&A with Frank Cook, Peak C&I

While summer is often viewed as a time for vacation and relaxation, hardworking fleet professionals are still active and accountable for keeping the country moving year round. Keeping equipment in optimal shape is key in ensuring reliable, on-time deliveries even as temperatures rise.

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Going Green Now Means Saving Green in the Future

A recent survey of fleet managers across the United States reveals long-term cost savings as the primary benefit of green fleet programs. In the study, conducted by PEAK Commercial & Industrial, the makers of BlueDEF, financial considerations are the key factor driving fleet managers’ decisions.

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Inside the Industry: Ted Roberts, COO & Chief Content Officer of Fleet Management Weekly

As the number of sustainable and green fleet options available to fleet professionals continues to grow, successful fleet professionals are tasked with exploring a variety of opportunities to maximize their company’s performance.

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Tips for greening your fleet

Fleet managers nationwide are making efforts to green their fleets, as sustainability initiatives provide a variety of benefits to their companies — cost savings, reduced environmental impact and an enhanced public image.

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Inside the Industry: Ed Leddy, Leddy Transportation

Sustainability support continues to grow within the transportation industry, as evidenced by the National Association of Fleet Adminstrators’ recent introduction of the leading Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program, which provides fleets with a standard assessment of their actions and progress on sustainability.

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A Company Dedicated to Fuel Relies on Another Fluid to Keep Trucking

Eagle Transport is one of the largest transporters of refined fuel on the East Coast. From airports to military bases to the gas station down the road, Eagle brings power to the majority of the Eastern seaboard. The fleet at Eagle consists of over 500 vehicles, and fuel isn’t the only fluid that keeps their trucks humming.

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Nominate a Deserving Fleet Professional with Lifeblood

It’s time to give the spotlight to the person managing the fleet behind the scenes, to give props to the service technicians that show up each day and pat the back of the driver who spends hours on our nation’s highways.

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Featured Fleet: Pure Metal Recycling on Increasing Productivity

Fleet professionals and their organizations are critical to keeping goods and services across the country moving.

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