Over the course of my career covering the fleet management industry, I have had the privilege of meeting many fleet managers, ranging from the nation's largest fleets to small businesses operating vocational fleets. Although each of these fleets is unique, there are common traits found among their fleet managers – attributes that ensure their fleets are operating at the optimum level. Here are three traits they have in common.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that the average fuel efficiency of cars and trucks hit a record high in the 2017 model year, but highlighted in a report "legitimate concerns" about the industry's ability to meet rising annual requirements.

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In the five-year period between 2013 and 2018, a total of 376,773 auto thefts occurred because drivers left their keys or fobs in the vehicle, marking an 88% increase overall.

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Operating costs for vocational work trucks are forecast to continue to experience upward pressure during the balance of the 2019 calendar-year. The key reason for this forecast is that fuel prices, both diesel and gasoline, are expected to be higher in the 2019 calendar-year. In addition, replacement tire expenses are increasing and there is an ongoing nationwide trend to higher labor rates to maintain trucks.

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The national average price of regular unleaded jumped 7 cents to $2.54 for the week, as a result of a recent trend that has been demand climb higher and supply fall, according to AAA.

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