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  • The matter of floor mat movement

    By David Kolman - Monday November 30, 2009
    I'm hoping someone can help me understand this issue with Toyota and floor mats. It seems that driver-side floor mats on certain Toyota models could get stuck on the accelerator, which could cause unintended acceleration, which could cause an...
  • Expressions of gratitude

    By David Kolman - Monday November 23, 2009
    The idea of Thanksgiving is to remember the things we have to be grateful for. For me, it is also the time to thank those that have helped me throughout the year. This isn’t as simple it sounds. Human nature is such that we tend to remember the bad...
  • The domino bird effect

    By David Kolman - Monday November 16, 2009
    I've been doing a lot of interstate driving of late, visiting shops, and I figure I must have somehow missed hearing about the federal mandate that if you drive on an interstate highway, you must do something in addition to driving while behind the wheel...
  • Is that a sound I see?

    By David Kolman - Monday November 9, 2009
    The advance of technology never ceases to amaze me, although it constantly overwhelms me. Engineers can now see sound? You heard me right. Ford Motor Company is using a new technology that allows engineers to actually see unwanted sounds and eliminate...
  • 'Plays' for moving business forward

    By David Kolman - Monday November 2, 2009
    Frequently, sports analogies are used in business. Football seems to be the most used sport. The most recent use of the football-business comparison that I came across was keynote address by Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president of parts...
  • Your brain and overtime

    By David Kolman - Monday October 19, 2009
    As the vehicle maintenance world twirls, more and more of us are working longer and longer hours. There's more work to be done because there's fewer people to do it as companies "right size." As my brother Steve - a veteran sales and marketing...
  • Truck maintenance and transportation-related deaths

    By David Kolman - Monday October 12, 2009
    The number of deaths related to transportation was reduced by almost 10 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, with fatalities from crashes involving medium and heavy trucks falling nearly 16 percent.   This is the third year in a row that transportation...
  • Using fear to further your operation's growth

    By David Kolman - Monday October 5, 2009
    While some say the economy is improving, the reality for service providers and others is that they still face reduced work and profits, furloughs, layoffs and other hardships. Going to work isn't as enjoyable as it once was. Nevertheless, there are...
  • How's your organization's housekeeping?

    By David Kolman - Monday September 28, 2009
    It's my firm conviction that everything boils down to a matter of perception. Case in point: a half a glass of water. An optimist thinks the glass is half full. A pessimist thinks the glass is half empty. A pragmatist thinks he's halfway to the...
  • An Introduction

    By David Kolman - Monday September 21, 2009
    Let me briefly introduce myself. I'm David A. Kolman, the new editor of Fleet Maintenance Magazine. I have assumed the reins of this outstanding publication from Mark O'Connell. I'm very excited about this new opportunity and am thrilled to be...