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Engine idle has its consequences. Costs arise through
additional fuel consumption,
wear and tear of components,
higher run-times, emissions
and noise pollution, and inefficiencies in operations.

monitor engine performance and instill driver
behaviors that reduce idling.
Whichever solution a fleet determines to fit their
model of business, the result will be increased efficiency and cost savings.

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Conclusion

However, there are a range of solutions available
for fleets to implement into their operations in
order to reduce engine idle and combat the ramifications of idle. Proper engine oils will maintain
lubrication and aid in preventing wear and tear;
APUs and heaters will move power demand from
the tractor engine to auxiliary power to mitigate
idle times; and tracking software can help a fleet

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that as an exception to idling [and bypass sending an alert]."
Alert parameters can be set for individual vehicles in the fleet, a group of vehicles in the fleet, or
across the entire fleet. The customization options
are limitless as to what would constitute alerting
excessive idle.
Fleets have two Verizon Connect GPS Fleet
Tracking Software hardware
installation options. One is
a self-installation method in
which a piece of hardware is
installed by connecting to a
vehicle's OBD-II port. The other
option is professional installation. To obtain information
from the engine, particularly idling information, Aries
recommends fleets utilize
the professional installation
method. The hardware to be
installed covers "everything
under the sun," Aries says,
from heavy duty Class 8 vehicles to medium duty vehicles,
as well as consumer vehicles
used in a commercial capacity.
"Anyone with a vehicle
tracking or telematics solution
will essentially be seeing less
maintenance on their vehicles
over time," Aries says. "Being
able to monitor vehicles, how
they are driving, the safety of
those vehicles, reducing idle
time and engine usage which
cause wear and tear results
in less time with the mechanic given that you are able to
have better visibility of how
long those vehicles have been
running and what they need
and when [they need it]."
The GPS Fleet Tracking
Software provides insight and
intelligence to a fleet, providing data needed to train and
coach drivers in a way that
will help reduce the amount of
time engines are spent idling.
"This data is an opportunity for fleet managers to have
better conversations and
interact with their drivers so
that they can work together
and create a culture around
better driving behavior and
more sensible idling and driving practices," Aries concludes.

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Fleet Maintenance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Fleet feedback from electric truck adoption
Editor's Note: Future-proofing your fleet
Engine idle reduction systems and solutions
In the Bay: Technician training in the digital age
Shop Operations: How fleets can use ELDs to improve preventive maintenance
Volvo LIGHTS establishes path to managing service and maintenance of electric heavy duty trucks
The right fit
Management: Getting in the zone
Diagnostics: How aftermarket diagnostic tools can assist with DPF maintenance
Economic Outlook: The seven percent solution
Fleet Parts & Components
TMC Fall Meeting and National Technician Appreciation Week 2020
TMC Special Section: Letter from the Technology & Maintenance Council
TMC Special Section: Celebrate the individuals who the trucking industry could not survive without
TMC Special Section: TMC Membership - A stepping-stone to the future
TMC Special Section: VMRS - Charting new horizons to improve cost equipment reporting
Tools & Equipment
Guest Editorial: Considerations before buying a mobile lift
Fleet Maintenance - 1
Fleet Maintenance - 2
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Fleet feedback from electric truck adoption
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Fleet Maintenance - Editor's Note: Future-proofing your fleet
Fleet Maintenance - 11
Fleet Maintenance - Engine idle reduction systems and solutions
Fleet Maintenance - 13
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Fleet Maintenance - In the Bay: Technician training in the digital age
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations: How fleets can use ELDs to improve preventive maintenance
Fleet Maintenance - 25
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Fleet Maintenance - Volvo LIGHTS establishes path to managing service and maintenance of electric heavy duty trucks
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Fleet Maintenance - The right fit
Fleet Maintenance - 31
Fleet Maintenance - Management: Getting in the zone
Fleet Maintenance - 33
Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: How aftermarket diagnostic tools can assist with DPF maintenance
Fleet Maintenance - 35
Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook: The seven percent solution
Fleet Maintenance - Fleet Parts & Components
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Fall Meeting and National Technician Appreciation Week 2020
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: Letter from the Technology & Maintenance Council
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Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: Celebrate the individuals who the trucking industry could not survive without
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: TMC Membership - A stepping-stone to the future
Fleet Maintenance - TMC Special Section: VMRS - Charting new horizons to improve cost equipment reporting
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Fleet Maintenance - Tools & Equipment
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Fleet Maintenance - Guest Editorial: Considerations before buying a mobile lift
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