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Improve Safety, Reduce Liability

8/19/2020 - Mindy Long
Keeping drivers safe on the road is critical, and well-trained drivers can make the road safer for everyone, reduce a company's liability and improve efficiency. The National Safety Council reported that the most dangerous part of an employee's workday is when they are on the road, which is why it is vital to offer driver training, even to experienced drivers.
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Post-Covid Fleet Electrification

8/19/2020 - Lukas Neckermann
COVID-19 will accelerate many global trends – especially social and technological trends.  Working from home, home-delivery, broadband usage, automation and robotics have all spiked irreversibly during global lockdowns. Although perhaps it doesn’t immediately look like it, vehicle electrification – with fully-electric vehicles – will also grow post-crisis.
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Data Ownership and Privacy

8/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy and Patrick O’Connor
According to the AAA, Americans spend up to 70 billion hours per year driving. It estimates that per week, individual drivers travel more than 220 miles, an average of 11,498 miles each year. During that time behind the wheel, vehicle computer systems are learning about your driving habits, less-than-safe driving inclinations, how fast and often you speed, how hard you are braking, plus more.
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Trailblazing Women in the Fleet Industry

8/11/2020 - Jasmine Glasheen
Women are swiftly scaling ranks in the fleet industry. Today, women comprise 47 percent of the trucking workforce, including 7 percent of drivers and 23 percent of fleet management roles. The number of female fleet business owners is also on the rise. American Express 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses report found that, between 2014 and 2019, the growth in the share of total employment by women-owned transportation and warehousing firms increased by 10 percent. The share of total revenue by women-owned firms in transportation and warehousing increased by 28 percent during this time.
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Six-Point Fleet Playbook

8/10/2020 - Mark Boada
The pandemic is the most recent example of the need to update procedures and policies documents. Five others include residual personal data in vehicle digital memory when vehicles are remarketed; legalized marijuana; using fleet vehicles for second jobs; carrying weapons; and using cell phones for calls and texting.
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Training Programs Pivot to Educate Future Techs Amid a Pandemic

8/3/2020 - Mindy Long
Training for automotive and diesel technicians is critical, and training programs have had to alter their curriculum to meet students’ needs while adhering to social distancing and safety protocols during the pandemic. Virtual education fills a critical need; many within the industry said a hybrid of online and offline learning, giving students the choice, makes modern education and training relevant and convenient.
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Do You Have a Personal Mission Statement?

8/3/2020 - Donald Dunphy and Jasmine Glasheen
We are now five months into the coronavirus pandemic. Our work lives have been put on pause, or fast forward for first responders­, which has sparked a lot of thinking about our life purpose.  For all of the devastation this virus has wreaked, it has given us a chance to review what we stand for and how we want to navigate our lives.
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Staying Connected: Virtually

7/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
Running a business has been disrupted for fleet managers and the companies that serve them. The changes in the marketplace have required pivots, new models, remote work and new ways to stay connected.  For NAFA's Associate Members, the products and services providers for fleets, maneuvering through lockdowns has been challenging. The most effective tools in an Associate Member's toolkit is developing business relationships through personal one-on-one meetings. Many business leaders have had to develop new strategies for building trust and confidence in their solutions – virtually.
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Mitigate the Safety Risks of Remote Work Technology

7/19/2020 - Jasmine Glasheen
Coronavirus has created an unprecedented need for remote work technology applications. An April Gallup study found that 63 percent of U.S. adults worked from home in the past week to prevent furthering the outbreak. We can only assume that this percentage has increased as many states face a second round of shutdowns. In the fleet industry, remote work technologies include geofencing to reroute drivers away from areas where someone tested positive for Covid-19, setting up at-home fleet dispatch centers, vehicle telematics to monitor driver behavior--even fleet managers are now communicating in-app so as not to transmit the virus.
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The Value of Sustainability

7/19/2020 - Michele L. Davis, Fleet Manager, WGL, Springfield, VA
When I became the Fleet Manager of Washington Gas Light (WGL) in 2015, it was the first time I had managed a fleet that included natural gas vehicles (NGV’s).  Therefore, I felt that the NAFA Sustainable Certification was a great way to expand my knowledge of sustainability involving alternative fuel vehicles.  WGL has a corporate sustainability goal, which I felt I could significantly contribute to with my expanding knowledge through the NAFA program.
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