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January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Chanje Electric Cargo Van

The Chanje V8070 boasts a 580-cubic-foot cargo space on a 26-foot-long chassis that will haul up to 6,000 pounds of payload – and happens to be electrically powered. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Chanje's electric cargo van will certainly have great appeal among delivery fleets concerned with their carbon footprint, but at the end of the day it's a big, nicely setup delivery van that just happens to be electric.

Tags: Vans, Cargo Vans, Test Drive, Electric Vehicles

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Parts Inventory

A well-managed parts inventory helps can help a heavy-duty truck fleet prevent downtime and save money. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Denise Rondini

A well-managed parts inventory helps can help a heavy-duty truck fleet prevent downtime and save money.

Tags: Parts Inventory, Parts Management, Managing the Shop, Downtime, Parts and Service

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Truck Parts Suppliers Step Up Online Presence

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Having the right parts on hand for a repair is key to maximizing commercial vehicle uptime. Recognizing this need, truck and component manufacturers are stepping up and making changes to their online parts catalogs.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, E-commerce, Online Tool, Parts and Service, OEMs

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Electrical Systems on Heavy Duty Trucks

Alternators like this one will probably disappear from the front of engines, replaced by a starter generator built into the transmission. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Within a decade’s time we will probably have very different electrical systems on trucks than those in use today. The trucking industry is on the cusp of major changes to electrical systems for heavy duty trucks. Do we go to 24-volt or 48-volt systems — and what will it take to get there?

Tags: Class 8, Electrical System, Alternators, Wiring

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electric Axle Offers Fuel Savings for Long-Haul Operations

Mesilla Valley Transportation, PAM Transport, and Ryder conducted initial road testing on Hyliion’s 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle. Photo: Hyliion

By Deborah Lockridge

Hyliion says its 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle system technology can deliver fuel savings, lower emissions, instant telematics and a better driver experience.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Hybrid Trucks, Long Haul, Hyliion, Mesilla Valley Transportation

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo: Public Domain

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day by presenting some of the significant content of our editorial staff that has appeared recently in our daily newsletters.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driver Training Shouldn't End

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Data suggests that training drivers is only effective if it includes refresher courses to reinforce good practices and address weaknesses. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Training, Driver Training, Driver Coaching

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digging into Fleet Data Unlocks Greater Efficiency and Profitability

Once you’ve mastered the basics of analyzing data, go beyond canned reports to unlock the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

By Deborah Lockridge

Going beyond canned reports and digging deeper into your fleet data is the key to unlocking the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Big Data, Data Analysis

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The E-Commerce Road has its Ups and Downs

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Peak e-commerce season is stretching the limits of the nation's freight and package handling capabilities. Commentary by Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: UPS, Retail Sales, E-commerce, FedEx, Delivery Fleets

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Driver Pay: Making the Grade

By David Cullen

The rising economy has whipped up the driver shortage and turnover situation to a froth that can only be smoothed by paying long-haul drivers considerably more — and more smartly.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Driver Pay, Employment

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate Transition: 4 Takeways So Far

Is it an AOBRD or an ELD? Make sure your drivers know and have the right in-cab documents. Photo: J.J. Keller

By HDT Staff

Since enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate started in mid-December, J.J. Keller reports that it is seeing problems with confusion whether a device is an ELD or a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, as well as complaints about vendor support, and more drivers running out of hours due to delays.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preparation the Key to Handling Winter Weather

A key way that fleets can ensure that trucks are prepared for winter and drivers are able to get help if they need it, is to have a comprehensive maintenance partner. Photo: Ryder System

By Steven Martinez

While most of the impact of a winter storm will directly affect drivers, many of the disruptions can be prevented by a well-maintained and prepared fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Ryder System, Snow

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's ELD Journey

ELDs make it easier to manage a fleet where drivers may transition between different sets of hours of service rules. Photo: Cal Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

No dispatcher wants to admit they didn’t know where their drivers were and how many hours they have left, says Paul Hamilton, director of transportation for Cal Freight. “But we know the truth – with that many driver’s it’s impossible to know how much time each driver has.” But ELDs mean now they truly know.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service, Dispatch

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Will We Avoid the First-Quarter GDP Blues?

Source: U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis

By Evan Lockridge

While final economic numbers for 2017 have yet to roll in, economic growth was strong. Will it keep moving higher into the New Year? Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Economic Conditions, ELD Mandate

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Most Important News Posts of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

In 2017, the trucking industry saw several major news stories play out on a near daily basis. The looming ELD Mandate, new regulations, and Silicon Valley’s push into the trucking industry captured the attention of our readers in a big way this year.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Top News, Uber, ELDs, Electric Trucks, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2017's Best Blog Posts

Photo via U.S. Department of Transportation

By HDT Staff

In addition to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's news coverage of the trucking industry, our editors also provided commentary to give insight and context to 2017's stories - both big and small.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Blogs, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Tire Dealers Can Tell us About Truck Tire Trends

Beasley Tire offers mobile services that perform on-site alignment and tire balancing on large trucks and mounting and balancing tires on small vehicles.

By Ann Neal

Low-cost imported tires, retread demand, and the increasing presence of truckstop chains into the tire market are among the trends seen in the truck tire market in Modern Tire Dealer’s annual survey of commercial tire dealers.

Tags: Tires, Maintenance Management, Retreads

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making Tank Trailers Safer

There are plenty of ways drivers can get hurt with tank trailers. Industry is taking steps to make them safer to work on and around. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Statistically, cargo tanks, both liquid and dry bulk, are statistically among the safest vehicles on the road today. But the tank sector does face certain challenges that are inherent with the job.

Tags: Trailers, Wabash National, Tankers, Bulk Tank Trailers, Safety

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Taking Tire Pressure Management to the Next Level

More and more information management options are becoming available today as tire pressure management systems begin to integrate with telematics and connected vehicle systems. Photo: PressurePro

By Jack Roberts

Tire pressure monitoring and inflation systems are a proven way for fleets to manage one of their biggest consumable items and ensure safe operation. New technologies will take the capabilities of these systems to the next level.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Most Watched Videos of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

2017 was a big year for new equipment with major manufacturers introducing brand new flagship trucks, concept vehicles, and even a few electric vehicles and HDT was there to test drive and report on these trucks with in-depth videos. Here are 10 of the most watched videos from 2017.

Tags: Video Series, Test Drive, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: HX Series - International's Refined Linebacker

The new International HX’s exterior bears more than a passing resemblance to the older PayStar it replaces. But inside the truck is completely different story. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The new International HX Series severe-duty tractor resembles the PayStar it replaces but it has a tough, no-nonsense stance and a quiet and ergonomic interior - much like International's other new trucks, the LT and RH.

Tags: WorkStar, Severe Duty, International Trucks, Test Drive, Quick Spin

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: International's A26 Engine

We drove the A26 engine in a 2018 International LT chassis. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With the industry’s appetite for smaller-displacement engines on the rise, International’s new A26 is nicely sized, and well positioned to pick up a good chunk of the company’s truckload carrier business.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Test Drive

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 10 Feature Articles of 2017

Photo via ERoad

By HDT Staff

With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we look back at the most popular feature articles of the past year on Truckinginfo.com.

Tags: Compliance, Driver Health, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDs, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Last Mile Delivery

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Upside of the Anti-Coercion Rule for Fleets

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Given the headlong – and continuing – rush to comply with the electronic logging mandate that began kicking in last month, few carriers may be up to speed on the anti-coercion rule. However, fleets will want to be conversant with this rule because it can legally help drivers maximize their available driving hours.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Compliance, Hours of Service, ELDs, Driver Coercion

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving During the Holidays

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By RoadPro

While the rest of the working world takes time off, truckers are more likely to work even more hours, delivering all the goods that make the holidays possible. But what do truckers have to say about their experiences driving during the holidays?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Daseke Gives Drivers a Stake in the Company

Stock grants will be awarded to the 2,100 drivers who are employed by Daseke operating companies and will be offered to new drivers after a quarter of service. Photo: Daseke

By Steven Martinez

By awarding drivers with stock in the company, Daseke hopes to give them a sense of pride and ownership in their work - and improve retention.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Stock, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Daseke Inc.

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

5 Compliance Tips for Straight-Truck Drivers

With more fleets looking at adding straight trucks to their operations because of the rising interest in providing last-mile delivery services, the issue of safety becomes more complicated than just simply answering, “Since I have a straight truck, what rules do I have to follow?” Photo: J.J. Keller

By Rick Malchow

With the rising interest in providing last-mile delivery services, more and more fleets are looking at adding straight trucks to their operations. But a question often asked of compliance experts is, 'what rules do I have to follow?' It's a simple question that lacks a simple answer.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Medium-Duty Trucks, Compliance, Straight Trucks

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Mistakes to Avoid for Smooth Roadside Repairs

Having the right information helps determine if a technician with tools should be sent to the site of the repair or if a tow truck is needed. Photo: Ryder

By Denise Rondini

Even with the greatest preventive maintenance programs, you still are going to have some failures.Yet not all fleets do a good job of managing the breakdown process. Here’s a look at common mistakes fleets make when it comes to emergency roadside service.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Roadside Assistance, Downtime, Repairs

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Year in Review: The Truck Aftermarket in 2017

Photo: Steven Martinez<br /><br />

By Denise Rondini

Because of the importance of parts and service to fleet efficiency, fleet owners and managers pay close attention to developments and trends in the truck parts and service aftermarket. Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini recaps some of the key aftermarket issues from 2017.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Managing the Shop, Technicians, Right to Repair, Parts and Service

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Top 10 KPIs Every Fleet Manager Should Track

Driver safety scorecards help drivers understand where they rank in terms of safety. Fleet managers can reward the best drivers with incentives.  Source: MiX Telematics

By Pete Allen

ELDs will increase the amount of useful data that fleets can use to improve safety, efficiency and compliance. While KPIs will differ by fleet size and vertical, here are the most common – the ones every fleet should be tracking.

Tags: Telematics, Analytics, ELDs, Big Data, KPIs

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Data Work for You

By HDT Staff

There's more data available to fleets than ever, coming from the truck, from their internal TMS software, and from external sources ranging from safety scores to social media. Explore how can use data analytics and business intelligence to turn this data into better safety, efficiency, and profitability.

Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Data Analysis

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: An Update on Right to Repair

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The independent aftermarket — and by extension fleets — are better off today because of Right to Repair efforts, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her December column.

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, Right to Repair, Parts and Service

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Cabs Designed With Drivers in Mind

A comfortable, quiet, productive and homelike cab was a major design priority for the new Volvo VNL highway tractor. Photo: Volvo Trucks<br />

By Jack Roberts

Even while headlines gush about advanced vehicle technologies, a great deal of the enhancements on the latest round of Class 8 trucks are primarily focused on making drivers more comfortable and productive while they’re on the road, as well as increasing their chances of coming home safe and sound.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Sleepercab

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Civility is an Important Trait

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

My mandate with this column is to write about the tools that keep our trucks rolling, the hardware and software and operational tricks that make the difference between earning a buck and going broke. But if you think about it, people are one of the most important tools you can have.

Tags: Customer Service, People, Employee Training

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Next Generation: HDT's 2017 Emerging Leaders

By David Cullen

Our second annual Emerging Leaders honors 10 top trucking achievers under age 40 – and their thinking on how fleets can attract more young talent.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People, Emerging Leaders

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blockchain Shows Promise for Trucking

By Jim Beach

Blockchain is a combination of technologies that allow transactions between parties via a trusted, shared ledger. It's a complex sounding process but the shared record-keeping technology is showing promise for trucking applications.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data, Blockchain, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Takeaways From 2017

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

One of the reasons HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge enjoys covering trucking is because there’s always something new to write about. Here are her top 5 takeaways from the changing trucking landscape in 2017.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, ELDs, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Donald Trump, ADAS

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How to Make Data Work for You

One of the keys to making data work for you is focusing on the key metrics that can make a difference in your company. Focus on what you want to accomplish and how data can help. Photo: McLeod Software/P&amp;amp;S Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

Analyzing data can improve operations, safety, uptime, profits, and more, but for a lot of fleets the hardest question to answer is where to begin?

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Analytics, Big Data

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Secure is Your ELD?

By Deborah Lockridge

Ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opened up its self-certification registration system for mandatory electronic logging devices, there have been a number of new-entrant companies offering ELDs – but how confident can you be that those devices are safe from hacking or data breaches?

Tags: ELDs, Cybersecurity, ELD Mandate

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Tips for Servicing Cummins ISX15 Engines

Photos courtesy of Industrial Parts Depot

By Egan Hernandez

Keeping abreast of the latest part updates and installation techniques can prevent costly errors and even catastrophic failures. Here are five tips for avoiding serious issues when servicing Cummins ISX15 engines.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Cummins ISX, Fleet Maintenance

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cautiously Optimistic, Rusty Rush Looks Ahead

Rusty Rush predicts &amp;ldquo;headwinds&amp;rdquo; with electric trucks, but thinks they will start to become commonplace in a couple years&amp;rsquo; time. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The Rush Truck Centers CEO says he sees an industry today with a lot of new technology and not nearly enough technicians.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jon Morrison on Wabco's Technology Strategy

Wabco&#39;s Jon Morrison at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show earlier this fall. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Wabco is increasing its presence in the North American market and working to push the implementation of advanced driver assistance systems. HDT's Deborah Lockridge recently sat down with Wabco chief Jon Morrison to discuss the changes.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Meritor Wabco, Wabco

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alabama Trucking Chair Weathers Tough Times, Poised for the Future

Terry Kilpatrick is president of Billy Barnes Enterprises. Photo by Corey McDonald

By Ford Boswell

Facing down family tragedy and personal illness, the new chairman of Alabama’s state trucking association has weathered setbacks with grace and strength, retooling his long-running operation for maximum ­efficiency with an eye toward future growth.

Tags: Fleet Management, Alabama, Associations

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack: Path to Electrification is Not Straight to Linehaul

By John G. Smith

Mack Trucks continues to see a healthy future for diesel engines, even as alternatives like electrification begin to emerge.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Bendix's Bracht on the Changing Truck Industry

Berend Bracht. Photo courtesy Bendix.

By Deborah Lockridge

We recently caught up with Berend Bracht, president and CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, at an industry event to talk about his first two years on the job in a rapidly changing industry, from electrification to connectivity to automation.

Tags: Brakes, Electric Vehicles, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Air Disc Brakes

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Analysis: Freight Payment Index Offers Helpful Regional Benchmark

Regional quarter-over-quarter % change in spending. Source: U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index

By Evan Lockridge

If you want to know how your trucking operation is stacking up against other freight shipping businesses, there is a new barometer available, U.S. Bank's Freight Payment Index, and it offers some features that have not been seen before, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his December Hotline column.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Bank, Freight, Freight Index

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways Truckers Can Enjoy Holidays on the Road

Photo of Coca-Cola truck lit up in the holiday spirit courtesy of Wiki Commons: Stengaard

By RoadPro

No one likes to spend the holidays at work, let alone on the road, far from family and friends. But, that’s the fate of many truck drivers. It’s hard, no doubt about it, but there are things drivers can do to make these mobile holidays easier for themselves and their families.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why It's Time to Replace Tractors Sooner

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

By Steven Jastrow, Element Fleet

Many fleet managers have long followed the golden rule of running a tractor to one million miles before investing in a replacement. But it may be time to part ways with that magic number.

Tags: Fleet Management, Trade Cycles

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refuse Fleet Depends on Aluminum Trailers

Enviro Recyclers Inc. uses East Genesis smooth-sided aluminum refuse trailers like this one to haul trash and recycling. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Deborah Lockridge

A variety of trailers serve a growing Georgia business, but the light weight and strength of aluminum trailers allow for higher payloads for the refuse hauler.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, East Manufacturing, Refuse Fleets

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Swift Celebrates Tech Excellence With SwiftTech Competition

At the SwiftTech competition, technicians were given simulated problems to troubleshoot and solve within a set time limit. Photos: Steven Martinez<br />

By Steven Martinez

Swift’s annual SwiftTech competition goes beyond pitting techs against each other in a series of trials. Learn more in the November HDT Fleet Talk.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Competition, Technician Training, Technicians, Swift Transportation

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