How to Get Your Fleet Vehicles Winter-Ready

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September 21, 2017
<p><em>Photo of flooded vehicles in Houston by the Texas Air National Guard.</em></p> Salvage Auctions Estimate Volume of Hurricane-Damaged Vehicles

While the effect that Hurricane Irma had on Insurance Auto Auction's and Copart's operations in Florida was relatively mild, Houston was a different story.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.</em></p> How to Get Your Fleet Vehicles Winter-Ready

Here is a list of items to check — and repair if needed — to keep your fleet vehicles up-to-date on maintenance and help keep drivers safe during winter road conditions.

<p><em>Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.</em></p> 2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

<p><em>Photo of 2015-MY Transit courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford to Idle Transit Production for Two Weeks

Ford Motor Co. will halt production of its Transit full-size van for two weeks to better align production with demand, the company said.

<p><em>Rhino-Rack's roof rack is used on a work truck to secure a ladder. Photo courtesy of Rhino-Rack.</em></p> Tips to Better Secure Roof-Rack Loads

If your roof-top load isn’t secured properly, it can lead to damage to your vehicle, unnecessary fuel consumption, and unsafe conditions.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.</em></p> Lightning Systems to Offer Electric Transit Van

Lightning Systems will offer commercial fleets a battery-electric heavy duty Ford Transit van in early 2018 under a partnership with New Eagle, the vehicle modifier announced.

<p><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p> Gasoline Falls to $2.62 as Florida, Texas Recover

The national average price of regular unleaded fell to $2.62 per gallon, and reached a 14-day low that AAA attributed to a return to normal operations in Florida and Texas, following the impact of two major hurricanes.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of FCA.</em></p> FCA Recalls Ram Trucks for Water Pump

The recall covers more than 443,000 Ram pickups and chassis cabs in the U.S. -- all in the 2013-2017 model years.

Safety Tip: Avoiding a Rear-End Crash

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers advice on how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and decrease the chances of being involved in a rear-end crash.

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