Is Your Fleet Prepared for the FMCSA ELD Mandate?

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Is Your Fleet Prepared for the Upcoming FMCSA Electronic Logging Device Mandate?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) rule requires most motor carriers and drivers who must state their hours-of-service (HOS) logs to use ELDs by December 18, 2017. Whether you have 100 fleet vehicles or 1,000, updating every vehicle in your fleet with a certified and registered ELD is no small feat. Fortunately, Donlen has partnered with J.J. Keller to offer a solution that will assist fleet managers and professionals in meeting the requirements. Read this blog post to learn more about the ELD regulations and Donlen’s ELD solution.

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6 Answers to Common Fleet Maintenance Questions

Throughout the years, we have received many questions from fleet professionals as to how they can improve their fleet’s overall maintenance spend and we’ve offered our expert recommendations in return. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of the six most common questions Donlen has encountered concerning fleet maintenance and provided solutions that can help you control your fleet’s maintenance spend.

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Fisher Auto Parts’ Joe Rader, Donlen Customer, Wins Fleet Safety Award

Joe Rader, vice president of risk services at Fisher Auto Parts, received the 2017 Fleet Safety Award at a ceremony on July 25 during the Fleet Safety Conference. Rader was selected as the winner of the award because of his commitment to raising fleet safety awareness throughout the Fisher Auto Parts fleet. Rader has significantly decreased the Fisher fleet’s incident rate as well as the fleet’s percentage of accidents, and has seen major improvements in the fleets harsh acceleration and harsh deceleration since implementing Donlen’s DriverPoint Telematics. Congratulations to Joe, and to all of the nominees who make safety a priority for their fleets!


Roger Setzke Joins Donlen as Vice President of Client Relations

Roger SetzkeRoger Setzke has joined the Donlen team as Vice President of Client Relations. Setzke brings more than 25 years of extensive sales leadership experience as well as 12 years of experience previously at Donlen. As part of Donlen’s commitment to investing in high-performing fleet professionals, Setzke’s wealth of experience and knowledge will allow us to keep delivering the highest quality of service to our customers.

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National Stop on Red Week Coming Up August 6-12

National Stop on Red Week takes place August 6-12. Police, city officials and drivers are taking to the streets and airwaves to let people know it’s better to stop on red than to race ahead. Reckless red-light running kills hundreds and injures tens of thousands every year across the U.S.

National Stop on Red Week is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of running red lights with the hope of reducing the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities that result from this risky driving behavior. For more information about National Stop on Red Week and how to get involved, visit the National Coalition for Safer Roads.

Motorists are urged to remember these important rules when approaching intersections where there are traffic lights:

  • Yellow lights are an indicator to slow down and prepare to stop.
  • Come to a complete stop before turning right on red.
  • Scan intersections and approach with caution, even if the light is green.
  • Yield to pedestrians. The right of way is theirs.

Donlen Customers Nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year, Fleet Executive of the Year

Phil Samuelson, fleet and capital asset manager at USIC, and Vic Stewart, director, corporate purchasing at Fisher Auto Parts have been nominated for Automotive Fleet’s 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year Award for their strategic development and execution of management policies to drive savings and improvements within their fleets. In addition, Yogi Shivdasani, vice president, logistics and procurement at LKQ has been nominated for the 2017 Fleet Executive of the Year Award for his success improving the efficiency and productivity of LKQ’s fleet. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!


Driver’s Corner

With torrential rain and tropical storms hitting many areas in the U.S. this past week, and likely to continue throughout the summer, it is important to remember to exercise caution when driving in wet weather just as you would during a snow storm or icy conditions.

In an article for Forbes Magazine, the Red Cross offers several tips and reminders for driving during summer storms. For example, make sure that you check the forecast for storms before hitting the road, check your tires, drive in the right lane, and be extremely cautious when approaching standing water. Read about these tips and more, including what to do should your car become submerged, here.


And Finally

‘Tis the season for hot dogs, and there’s nothing more synonymous with hot dogs than the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Recently, Oscar Mayer expanded their fleet to include not only the Wienermobile, but also a wiener car, a wiener scooter, a radio-controlled wiener, and a Wienerdrone. Take a look at the expanded Wienerfleet here.

Have a great weekend and safe travels.


Originally appeared in FridayFleet on July 28, 2017