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January 2022 Truck Industry News

The latest industry news for your business.

Small carrier growth impacting industry - secure vehicles early


According to TruckingInfo, there is an unprecedented surge in the number of newly authorized trucking companies — especially small ones. The 39% increase has impacted vehicle availability and driver capacity within the industry.

If you currently have an Enterprise Truck Rental on rent, consider extending your rental throughout the spring and summer months by calling your local rental branch

Due to the pandemic and some supply chain constraints, vehicle availability may be limited during the peak rental season. 

Read more for the staggering growth in the for-hire market


Winter Tips. Safe driving tips & facts for your drivers.


For 230 years, the Almanac has been helping readers to prepare for winter’s worst with its 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts. So, what does it say for the 2021–2022 Winter Weather Forecast?

Brrr! Prepare for a “Season of Shivers.” This winter will be punctuated by positively bone-chilling, below-average temperatures across most of the United States and  “Weather the Storms” forecast for Canada.

Don’t worry, we have winter weather tips, “What Truck Drivers Need to Know About Safe Winter Operation”. TruckingInfo just released an article to prepare drivers for slippery surfaces, poor visibility, and the increased risk of crashes. 

  1. Do not release air pressure in your tires. If you release air pressure, you could reduce your steering ability and cause a blowout if the tire overheats.
  2. An out-of-vehicle slip and fall is more common than a vehicle collision. Slips and falls are the number 1 cause of driver injuries.
  3. Rainy weather conditions cause five times more accidents than snowy conditions.
  4. The most common reason a truck will go into a skid: going too fast. Driving fast is easy. It is stopping that’s a challenge.
  5. When driving on a wet road, drivers should: reduce speed by 25%. For example, if you’d drive 55 mph in ideal conditions, reduce speed to 40 mph when the road is wet.
  6. In winter, drivers should never let their fuel tank get below 25%. There are two reasons to keep your truck at least 25% full. First, a full tank reduces condensation that can plug up your fuel line. Second, if road conditions take a turn for the worse, you’ll be glad to have more fuel than you thought you’d need.
  7. Saturday is the most common day for fatal collisions in winter, and the odds spike during winter holidays. During the week, Friday is the most dangerous day.
  8. When driving on snowy or icy roads, it can take up to 10 times longer to stop your vehicle. Increase your following distance accordingly.
  9. In snowy weather, every time you pull over, you should check weather conditions, check headlights, and check reflectors.
  10. If a driver starts to skid, they should Ease off the accelerator, steer toward a reference point and into the skid. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, you should also slowly depress the clutch pedal while you ease off the accelerator.


Click here for Winter Tips, including more driving tips, emergency supplies to pack and daily vehicle checklists. 



Search Our Nationwide Stock of Well-Maintained Commercial Vehicles for Sale


As a mobility and transportation expert, we understand that your business needs may require you to buy a truck. Enterprise has nationwide inventory of late-model well-maintained, commercial vehicles to fit your needs. 
Search our inventory by the truck classes we offer: 

Enterprise Solution:

Enterprise has inventory across the country of our used, well-maintained commercially equipped vehicles. If you're in the market for a used commercial vehicle and want to speak to our Sales Staff about finding the right one to fit your needs, call us at 1 877 4-trk-sales (1-877-487-5725) or Contact Us.


New to the Area, but not to Truck Rental. 

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Enterprise Truck Rental is opening new locations across the U.S. 

Here are a few of our newest branches - our local, dedicated Enterprise Truck Rental employees are ready to help your business with a custom rental program.

Already have a rental program with Enterprise? We're glad to be your new neighbor with a truck. Select your branch below or choose from our hundreds of other locations to begin renting today! 

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Improve safety culture and significantly reduce crashes


A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety set out to identify exactly what commercial motor vehicle fleets can do to improve their safety culture and significantly reduce crashes.

The research team worked with trucking insurers and state trucking associations to identify carriers that successfully improved safety outcomes. Safety improvements involved Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-reportable crashes, less-severe crashes, insurance claims, and/or Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) scores.

The research team interviewed nine of these fleets to document the strategies they used. They found that successful strategies included:  

  • Comprehensive driver training
  • Collision mitigation technologies
  • Onboard safety monitoring
  •  Strict hiring criteria
  • Developing a strong safety culture

Ask your Truck Rental representative for Geotab telematics options to help develop safety policies.

Click here for the full article and a Q&A with Matt Camden, senior research associate at VTTI, about some of the findings.


Unprecedented times call for vehicle preservation strategies


According to Automotive Fleet, it’s more important than ever to carefully maintain your vehicles. Supply chain constraints, in particular the ongoing microchip shortages, continue to slow new-vehicle production while there continues to be strong end-user demand that exceeds supply. This has limited the availability of replacement units for many fleets, forcing vehicle service lives to be extended. These higher-mileage vehicles tend to have a greater frequency of maintenance issues typically involving longer downtime due to more extensive repairs.

These concerns have increased the importance of maintaining your owned vehicles with “fleet preservation” strategies to mitigate the negative impact of operating higher-mileage vehicles beyond their normal lifecycles.

Preserve your current fleet:

  • Monitor Driver Behavior
  • Enforce Preventive Maintenance Schedules
  • Minimize Truck Overloading

Protect your corporate image

  • Increase frequency of washing and cleaning
  • Park to Avoid Damage
  • Investigate Pre-Owned Units

Reduce odometer miles and engine hours

  • Route Optimization
  • Optimize Utilization to Smooth Out Mileage Variations
  • Idle Reduction

Acquisition strategies for MY-2023

  • Simplify Specs
  • Remain Agile
  • Start Planning Now

The other option is to call Enterprise Truck Rental and get a quote for the Flex-E-Rent program. Flexible rentals for days, weeks, months or even years, without the hassle of managing maintenance and preservation.

Read the full Automotive Fleet article.