Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you! — 8ighth Wonder


“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon

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Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life


This is a very good article for small to midsized fleets as well as large fleets to read. It gives good ideas and information on how to get good tire life and there by good fuel economy out of your vehicle fleet.

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Nearly 80% of Motorists Express Anger on the Road


This is becoming a big problem here in the USA. It helps to support those who want total Autonomous driving vehicles on the road. Take the human factor out less road rage and accidents. My feeling is simple Just calm down people and use some common sense behind the wheel. Pay attention to the road not the Cell phone in your hand ladies that you just cannot seem to put down while driving. Time to get back to the basic rules of the road training as well. The unwritten rules like if it is bigger than your car it goes first or has right of way.  You know that on second longe3r to get to the next red light is not going to make you any earlier or later to the party or work.

Most of all if your so stressed when driving to work or out somewhere then find someone else to ride with or take a public or private transportation service and save lives, jail time and hospital and court time for being stupid on the road. Set the right example to the next generation and teach them something better about the road.

A new AAA study raises concerns about drivers’ willingness to retaliate after another driver has agitated them.

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Experience


This is a delightful story showing why we should never underestimate experience and the knowledge of elders in whatever business you are in. Remember the knowledge passed down will some day make you this type of person as well. I have found Mr. Varner’s story to be quite insightful and a good measure of stop and think. I found this on LinkedIn and just had to share it on my blog I do hope no feathers are ruffled. I only hope I come up with things like this to pass on when I get the knowledge.

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Mark Varner

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A ship engine failed, no one could fix it. Then they brought in a man with 40 yrs. on the job. He inspected the engine carefully, top to bottom. After looking things over, the guy reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. The engine was fixed! 7 Days later the owners got his bill for 10k. ‘What?!’ the owners said ‘You hardly did anything. Send us an itemized bill. ” the reply simply said Tapping with a hammer. $2 Knowing where to tap? $9,998 Don’t Ever Underestimate Experience.

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7 Reasons Why Vehicle Condition Should Not be Part of an Employee’s Annual…


This article offers a lot of good points. But I believe those same arguments can be thwarted with the new technology and some old school initiatives be placed into effect and the company standing behind whatever is instituted.

One thing I have never been able to understand is why someone who needs a particular vehicle to earn a living would not take care of it! when it is down in theory that employee makes no money for the company yet is getting paid while the vehicle is repaired. Just doesn’t seem fair to me that this cannot be straightened out.

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All Successful Upfits Start with Careful Planning


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box truck on outside nurses station on inside

I try to convey this message to all my customers. Even those that have been in business using up fitted vehicles for years. It is something that should always be revisited. Keeping it basic that just works versus having the efficient set up possible after trial and error to work faster find even easier the things you need for the job at hand is always good.

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Challenges & Solutions for Spec’ing Vans & Trucks


This was a good article that should be read by those who even manage a fleet of 2 or more vehicles. When it comes to down time a smaller fleet will suffer most as it may or will not have back ups to back ups for drivers to use until replacement is ready.

Since the typical smaller fleet buyer usually waits till the last minute to order he usually ends up going off the rack shall we say, when he needs a designer truck/van.   This article helps you to see ways to help planning early and getting the right truck/van ordered and delivered for the best possible price point making every one happier and more efficient and productive.

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Vocational Spotlight: Service, Delivery Fleets


This is a very good article that I felt just needed to be passed on. It is good for emerging fleets midsized fleets alike to learn from and get ideas to help there bottom line. covers everything from design to build to delivery to service to replace. take a good minute to read and quite possibly improve your company.

by the way I can help the smaller guys with a lot of what is talked about in this article given the right chance.

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Fords head for Beaulieu


BEAULIEU’S popular Simply Ford will return on Sunday May 3. Held in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, this celebration of all cars and vans wearing the famous blue oval badge starts off in a busy schedule of Simply Rallies for 2015. With up to 1,000 Fords of all shapes and sizes expected to […]

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Technology The Law and common sense


 

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 Tonight on the way home I witnessed a rear end collision between two cars at a traffic light. Luckily the car rear ended driver kept calm was able to prevent hitting car in front of her. She did this because she did not get real close. The lady that hit her was simply going too fast and trying to anticipate when the light was changing. Realized too late and bingo not serious but some damage to first and second car numbers for sure. 

They did every thing calmly with exchanging info and so on I was actually glad to see that much, but they did the dumbest thing ever of standing between the 2 cars in the head lights to exchange information. I even asked them three times please step up on the sidewalk and do that.  I got the look over the shoulder thank you we’re ok.  I can see your okay but let’s use some common sense and stand on the sidewalk before another car comes along and hit into your cars stopped in the road.  It was like what are you talking about we have the hazards on. I mean really people think they could have been crushed between their 2 cars because they refused to get on the sidewalk.  

 It got me to thinking, so as I sat waiting on the bus I started counting. What was I counting ? Oh just how many cars went by creating an unsafe driving condition with either the lights not on, or some of them not working. Driving too fast as well which is what caused the accident. So in span of 8 minutes I counted roughly 20 different cars go by with lights out or not on or speeding through the yellow or just speeding period. It was amazing. 

So what’s the answer? More road checks ? Oh wait they only do them in good weather broad daylight or dusk. I mean. A simple thing like lights on when wipers are on or when weather conditions are overcast and not so good looking. The only ones who seem to remember the law and common sense rule of lights on are bus drivers (Mta) not school buses. And tractor trailer drivers mostly. I mean we have the technology in the cars and it is not being used properly. Blythe way did you notice no mention of police,fire,ambulance,  or any of the delivery services, not even taxi or livery services. None of the real professional or so called professionals follow the rule or law.  And you know what’s amazing is those that do rarely  do it in there private vehicles.

People it saves lives more so than cops sitting at corners to see if you wait for everyone to cross the street or not. More so than the pulling  someone over for driving while black or because you don’t look like your from the area. Those same people getting hit or runned down  probably still be alive if they saw the lights before the car. Think about this white cars disappear literally on sunny days and snowy , sleet  rainy days. Grey or silver  disappear in fog ,rain  and overcast days. Blue, black, or any dark. Colored car will not be seen at night on a clear night much less in foul weather. If a hybrid they will not even hear you coming much less see you.  

I donot have the statistics but I am sure the highest accidents are in these colore type vehicles. What’s the answer? It is simple USE SOME COMMON SENSE when driving. Car break down try to get over to the right if able. If stranded in the middle of a busy road stay in the car wait for help no matter how long it takes. Being in one piece is worth the wait. Be wary of strangers who might offer to help. If  not sure. Stay in car wait for police  or your cars roadside assistance vehicle. Even then be wary as well. Always have an emergency go bag in the vehicle of triangles (set up behind the safely) maybe flares a blanket or two, cables, small hand tools , first aid kit and fire exthinguisher. Some water and protein snack bars or something. 

Remember when it hasn’t rained in a long time the roads become very slippery with all the built up silt and oil and what not on the roads. Leaves are like driving in the snow and worst you Don’t know what is under or in them so becareful. They hide big potholes and water puddles just like snow does.  You have to also think about speed , encase you don’t know it can kill. No speeding up in the block to make a light, it just might be your family coming out between the parked cars. Just because you drive a 4×4 or an awd it does not give you special privilege to drive like the roads are clear. He’ll even off roaders know that or should any way!. 

Stop buying cars so called loaded if your not even going to bother to learn how to use everything. He’ll I see people still not using there  Bluetooth systems in the cars. Much less the other technologies it might have. All we need is for people to start driving again and stop thinking the cars of today should do it all for them. We donot need autonomous wheels just people taught how to drive the laws and rules of the road properly. Drivers common sense as well . Stop think while your driving about driving  and the other things of life too because we just have too. But when behind the wheel put driving upfront. We are all guilty of forgetting these things from time to time and that’s when accidents happen. You cannot prevent them all but a little common sense and trying hard to obey the rules of the road will save lives and property. 

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