As daylight savings end and the leaves become more moist, it’s clear that winter is knocking on the door. Preparing your fleet for the colder months is about more than just adapting to the weather—it’s about ensuring safety, reliability, and optimal performance. The icy grip of winter can wreak havoc on unprepared vehicles, leading to increased breakdowns, safety hazards, and costly downtime. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation suggest that 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. Preparing for winter is more than a preventative measure; it’s a safeguard against the elements that could disrupt your operations. Below is a checklist for winter fleet preparation to help you stay ahead.

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You might not know the term, but you know the technology: The Internet of Things (IoT) is the use of technology to connect the things you use every day in a “smart” way—so that you can monitor, control and collect the information you need. Home hubs like Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s HomeKit are great examples of IoT devices you probably interact with regularly. Read More

It wasn’t so many years ago that a phone was just a phone—not a smartphone with everything from a high-definition camera to internet access and social media packed into it. You can say the same thing about video cameras installed in fleet vehicles. A dashcam can be just that—a video camera installed in a truck—or it can be much more. 

Dashcams with AI are “smart cameras,” and they can help fleets avoid accidents and save thousands of dollars in repair costs, legal bills, and insurance premiums. Here’s how they work. 

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Fuel costs rose once again to record highs in late spring, eclipsing $4.50 per gallon nationwide. Any organization that relies on fuel is susceptible to that pain—and that includes school districts and their bus fleets. Georgia public schools were forced to go to remote learning days to save diesel fuel and cash, and a Florida district saw its fuel expenditures rise as much as 40 percent in a matter of months because of just-in-time purchasing policies.

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California Bans All Small Gasoline-Powered Engines – Problem for Lawncare

On January 1, 2024 landscape companies along with homeowners in California are facing massive changes in how they will manage lawn care and property maintenance. Under a new California law, they will have to give up their gasoline-powered string trimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, and leaf blowers otherwise known in industry jargon as small off-road engines (SORE). Read More