Snow, ice and freezing temperatures can increase the risk of downtime for Class 8 tractors and trailers if the equipment and the fuel that powers them aren’t properly maintained. Breakdowns can result in delayed drivers, missed deliveries and poor customer service.

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From Oct. 2-8, Penske Truck Leasing celebrates over 9,000 technicians and customer service representatives (CSRs) during National Technician Appreciation Week.

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PGT Trucking, Inc., a multi-service transportation firm offering flatbed, dedicated, international and specialized services, announced that it selected Penske Truck Leasing as its provider of choice for comprehensive fleet maintenance solutions. This strategic move enables PGT to streamline its resources on driving innovative and sustainable solutions in the transportation industry.

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Penske Truck Leasing announced today it has introduced a new truck maintenance on-site guide, Shipper’s Guide to Outsourcing On-Site Fleet Maintenance, which is now available at no cost. The three-part guide provides detailed information on how businesses can implement on-site maintenance to navigate the obstacles of operating a vehicle maintenance facility.

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Operating and sustaining a vehicle maintenance facility presents a vast array of ongoing and complex challenges. From maintaining equipment and ensuring access to proper tooling, to hiring and sustaining a qualified workforce, the responsibilities are endless. And with how quickly vehicle technology and compliance regulations change, simply staying on top of that obligation remains a tremendous challenge.

Penske has put together a three-part guide to help users understand why a growing number of businesses are moving towards a qualified outside maintenance provider to deliver on-site service to overcome these obstacles. The first section takes a comprehensive look at what it takes to provide superior maintenance service, optimize staffing, manage tooling systems and parts, and comply with environmental and safety requirements. The next section shows how to calculate and understand all your current maintenance costs. The final section considers mitigating factors if you're deciding to outsource to a third-party maintenance provider, including how to find the right partner and how to effectively manage change.

As a proven leader in the transportation industry, Penske offers on-site maintenance services that can help you:

  • Predict operating costs
  • Increase labor productivity
  • Optimize vehicle uptime and lifecycle
  • Achieve environmental goals
  • Outsource financial and compliance risk

Whether you have just begun thinking about outsourcing on-site maintenance or you're in the latter stages of choosing a partner, you will benefit from this eBook.

As summer approaches and temperatures heat up across the country, some components on Class 8 trucks need extra attention to prevent unscheduled maintenance or costly fixes down the line. Chris Hough, vice president of maintenance design and engineering at Penske Truck Leasing, said focusing on certain items when temperatures increase can improve uptime and increase driver satisfaction.

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For the eighth-straight year, Penske Truck Leasing will be participating in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Taking place from June 20-24 in Atlanta, Georgia, Penske will be connecting with aspiring technicians to reinforce the importance of their work to the industry and to promote career opportunities that are available with the company. This year will mark Penske’s first as an official sponsor.

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Penske Truck Leasing is delivering training in the most exciting ways. Through mixed (MR) reality training, we have the opportunity to make our virtual training highly interactive, cutting-edge, and more effective. The use of the latest equipment positions our company to be one of the transportation industry’s leaders in training technology.

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Regular maintenance of Class 8 vehicles requires replacing and removing fluids to keep vehicles running. Used fluids must be recycled or disposed of correctly and documented from cradle to grave to meet regulatory requirements. Additionally, customers are increasingly interested in monitoring their carbon output and documenting recycling efforts.

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The National Private Truck Council 2021 Benchmarking Survey Report provides fleets with new industry standards to evaluate performance and identify opportunities for improvement.

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The very nature of maintenance and heavy-duty truck repair work can pose an increased risk of injury to employees. Private fleets that operate a vehicle maintenance facility have most likely experienced the risks and hard costs of hazardous waste, inadequate or outdated tools, and injuries.

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Winter weather and the harsh driving conditions that come with it can be hard on trucks and difficult for drivers, but proper maintenance and the latest safety technology can help keep equipment and those on the road safe.

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Roadside repairs can be costly, delay drivers and result in missed deliveries. Data collected as part of the American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council/FleetNet America Vertical Benchmarking Program found fleets averaged 29,506 miles of operation between unscheduled road repairs in the first quarter of 2021, down 18.7% from the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Penske Truck Leasing recently held a dedication ceremony at Lincoln Tech in Columbia, Maryland, as the company branded a 1,000-square-foot multipurpose classroom at the school. The space will mainly be utilized during Lincoln's Driving Your Performance course, which introduces students to various topics such as vehicle and engine systems, industry certifications and career opportunities in the industry.

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Penske Truck Leasing has constructed a new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Located at 1300 John Burgess Drive, it is the third full-service company location in the Fort Worth area. Penske now has a total of 16 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

This structure offers consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. It is also outfitted with the company's proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and connected fleet solutions, a value-added resource to help customers address issues and options related to onboard technology systems (ELDs, telematics, onboard cameras, etc.).

"We invested in this third local location to support our growing customer base in the southern part of the Fort Worth market," explained Chris Anderholm, senior vice president for Penske Truck Leasing's south central region. "We are very pleased to be a part of the business park expansion which allows Penske to better serve large customers in the delivery and food and beverage sectors, and to help them meet their customer's needs."

The location is 23,470-square-feet and sits on 12.5 acres. It has five truck service bays, an automated wash bay and a full-service fuel island.

By "Move Ahead" Staff

With the SkillsUSA Championships moving to Atlanta in 2022, this summer was the perfect time for the organization to pack up its competition warehouse and head to Georgia.

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA's) International Roadcheck will take place May 4-6. Over the 72 hours, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspectors throughout North America inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

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Penske Truck Leasing is a proud supporter of the TechForce Foundation, an organization with a mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians.

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Rick Swanson, a Penske Truck Leasing branch service manager, was recently given the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for his work with a Penske associate serving in the military. Swanson, who works in Lakewood, Washington, was honored for his support of Gerrit Sluyter, a Penske technician 3 and a reserve lance corporal in the U.S. Marines Corps.

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Everyone has their own unique learning style. That's why for a third consecutive year, Penske Truck Leasing is proud to support the TechForce Foundation's "Be A Pathfinder" campaign, which focuses on helping individuals identify their learning style.

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