Automotive Fleet

FEB 2014

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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Among the benef ts that Terracon has reaped from switching from smaller, light-duty pickup trucks to ½ -ton units are: ● Improved vehicle load capacity. ● Increased driver morale. ● Lowered total cost of ownership (TCO). ● Enhanced safety and reduced rollover incidents. AT A GLANCE MOVES TO LARGER GVW TRUCKS AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I FEBRUARY 2014 30 The 1,400-vehicle nationwide f eet lowered its total cost of ownership, increased safety, improved load capacity, and boosted driver morale after moving from smaller trucks up to ½-ton pickups. BY CHERYL KNIGHT TERRACON S afety concerns continue to chal- lenge f eet operations of all sizes. On average, 21 percent of f eet ve- hicles are involved in some form of crash each year, according to data from several accident management companies. Today, more f eet managers are turning to safer vehicles in an ef ort to help in- crease driver safety and mitigate rising accident costs. Consulting engineering f rm Terracon, based in Olathe, Kan., made such a change when it implemented an initiative to switch from smaller, light-duty trucks to a ½-ton pickup f eet for greater load capacity and increased safety. Terracon was initially founded in 1965 and has evolved into a successful multidiscipline f rm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials engineering consulting. With more than 3,000 employees in 140 of ces across 40 states, the company also partners with its U.S. clients to serve their international needs. T e company provides services on thou- sands of projects each year. And, according to Ginny Liddle, CAFM, buyer II for Terra- con, the f eet plays a large part in the compa- ny delivering exceptional customer service. "By being responsive, resourceful, and reliable, we strive to exceed our clients' ex- pectations for service, solutions, quality, and speed of delivery," she explained. "Based on a deep understanding of our clients' needs, Terracon's commitment is centered around these key objectives." Terracon's f eet consists of around 1,400 ½ - and 1-ton pickup trucks. The move from light-duty trucks to the larger units has re- sulted in enhanced productivity and has re- duced rollover incidents. PHOTOS: TERRACON A F 0 2 1 4 t e r r a c o n . i n d d 3 0 AF0214terracon.indd 30 1 / 2 3 / 1 4 2 : 4 5 P M 1/23/14 2:45 PM

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