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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Roads with the highest observed cell phone use by commercial drivers in 2018 were located in the Los Angeles port complex, Tennessee’s second largest city of Memphis, and Irving, Texas, according to a new study by video telematics and analytics provider Lytx.

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Preventive maintenance (PM) expenses in calendar-year 2018 increased to $12.04 cost per unit per month higher compared to $10.96 in CY-2017, a 9% increase primarily due to higher labor costs and the increased use of more expensive synthetic motor oils. The proliferation of smaller displacement engines in fleet applications has put pressure on OEMs and fleet managers to use synthetic oil, which provides 50% better engine protection to maximize engine life.

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With 1.8mn vehicles under management in over 30 countries, international car-as-a service company LeasePlan certainly needs to keep abreast with the latest technologies, something that artificial intelligence (AI) and connected vehicle expert Felipe Smolka is doing for the Amsterdam based company.

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