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November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 3 Ways to Improve Technician Recruiting

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets have been struggling with the technician shortage for years, and it doesn’t look like there will be a silver bullet to solve the problem anytime soon. However, there are some things you can do to improve your odds of getting the technicians you need.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Technicians

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A New Frontier in Diagnostics

Diagnostic tools are vital for fleet maintenance procedures today. But the systems can be expensive and difficult to use across different makes and models of trucks. Photo: Rush Truck Centers

By Jack Roberts

Diagnostic devices on the shop floor are powerful maintenance tools. But as with any new technology, fleets are still learning how to uses them in a cost-effective manner.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Diagnostics, Remote Diagnostics, Big Data

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editors Corner

Commentary: The 3D Force of Disruption

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

3D printing is about as big a disruptor as you’ll find in the freight-hauling world, t has the potential to wipe a lot of freight right off the map, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: 3D Printing, Disruptive Technology, Trucking in the 21st Century

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

How ELDs Could Cut the High Cost of 'Crash Harm?'

Crash harm costs in six Oregon truck crash &amp;lsquo;hot spots.&amp;rsquo;<br />

By Evan Lockridge

A pilot study by Oregon State University illustrates the high economic cost of having too few safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest — but an indirect solution may be on the horizon. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Insurance, Research, Fatal Accidents, Crash Research, ELDs

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Way to the Smart Highway?

There&amp;rsquo;s no one route to the future, yet there already are on ramps open to it.

By David Cullen

There’s no one route to the future, yet there already are on ramps open to it.

Tags: Smart Highway, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It's Time to Think About Hourly Pay

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Seriously evaluating how we pay drivers is something trucking needs to do as the industry faces a worsening shortage, suggests Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her November editorial.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top Green Fleets of 2017

By Deborah Lockridge

This is the fifth year we’ve recognized some of the country’s “greenest” fleets with our Top Green Fleets award – and this year, we’ve narrowed the field and made it more competitive, honoring 25 of the most fuel-efficient, environmentally conscientious, alternative-fuel-forward fleets in the U.S.

Tags: Emissions, Green Fleets, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: There's Much to Like About Volvo's New VNL

Volvo&amp;rsquo;s flagship VNL 860 sports a 77-inch high-roof sleeper and a 455-hp, 1850/1550 lb-ft D13 turbo-compound engine with the XE Economy downsped driveline. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There’s much to like about Volvo’s new VNL lineup. Drivers will like the solid handling and comfortable environment, while fleet owners will be happy with the fuel efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Test Drive, Volvo VNL

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PIT Examines Effects of Optimized Engine Programming

Photo courtesy of Today&#39;s Trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

PIT Group have been busy on a project first launched in 2014 that aims to examine the effects of optimized programming on commercial vehicle engines.

Tags: Research, Engines, PIT Group

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are We Adopting Advanced Safety Systems Quickly Enough?

Forward collision warning is becoming more common, but other ADAS technologies lag behind.

By Deborah Lockridge

Advanced driver assistance systems present an opportunity to save thousands of lives and drive economic expansion over the next decade – but we need to move faster, contended Brian Collie, partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, in a recent speech.

Tags: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, NACV Show, ADAS, Collision Mitigation Technology, Advanced Safety Technology

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Defense System Addresses Defensive Driver Training

By Deborah Lockridge

While the concept of defensive driving has been around for 50 years, in-cab driver training company Instructional Technologies Inc., makers of Pro-Tread, have developed an update to apply the concept to modern roads, trucks and drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Instructional Technologies, Safety

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking Legends Offer Insight Into Surviving Disruption

A panel discussion of four &quot;Industry Legends&quot; at ATA MC&amp;amp;E. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking may be facing a level of “disruption” not seen since trucking deregulation in 1980, said four “trucking legends” who went through it – but basic business concepts and treating drivers right will likely help trucking companies survive, according to a panel discussion at the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, ATA MC&E, Disruptive Technology

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The New Oils: An Update on CK-4 and FA-4

Extensive engine testing of the new oils involved engine teardowns. Photo: Chevron

By Deborah Lockridge

Last December, for the first time, the American Petroleum Institute started licensing two different approved heavy-duty diesel engine oils. CK-4 adoption is going largely as expected, but very few fleets are using FA-4 yet – because very few engine makers so far are recommending it.

Tags: Maintenance, Fuel Economy, API, PC-11, Oils, Engine Oils

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Uncertainty Surrounds Trailers and GHG Phase 2

For the first time, the GHG Phase 2 rule regulated trailers in its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But now the government is revisiting those regulations.  Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trailer aerodynamics and glider kits might get a reprieve from the fuel-efficiency rules, but backing away from national rules would turn California loose, some warn.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Trailers, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big Data is Generating Big Returns

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

By John G. Smith

Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.

Tags: Big Data, Analytics, Information Technology, ATA MC&E

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are Your Tires up to the Job?

To determine if your tires are up to the job you&amp;rsquo;re asking them to do, you&amp;rsquo;ll next to establish a consistent program to track their performance &amp;ndash; and then follow through with it. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Tires look alike, but the wrong tire doing the wrong job can be a productivity killer for fleets. Tracking tires and matching them for the task at hand takes constant patience and vigilance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tires, Tires and Wheels

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Don't Miss This Critical Step in ELD Implementation

Photo: J.J. Keller &amp;amp; Associates

By Mark Schedler

There’s more to complying with the electronic logging device mandate than putting the devices in your trucks. Will your new ELD policies and procedures pass FMCSA’s scrutiny as adequate safety management controls?

Tags: J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Telematics

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Insurance Costs are Sky-High

Adopting more technological advances is the most likely route to cut back insurance costs, including leveraging solutions to curb distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors. Photos: iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

A perfect storm of business conditions has whipped up insurance costs, but applying technology and managing people can help calm the tempest.

Tags: Insurance Claims, Insurance, Safety

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is the Right Oil Getting Into Your Engines?

When you switch to new oils and don&amp;rsquo;t drain enough out of your bulk tank first, you may lose benefits such as longer oil drains. Photo: Shell

By Deborah Lockridge

You can spend a lot of time choosing the right oil, only to lose out on the benefits by not policing what actually goes into your tanks and trucks.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Oil, Engine Oils, CK-4

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Remanufacturing World's Problem With Cores

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The biggest pain point for everyone involved in remanufacturing is cores. Things such as core management traceability, identifying cores, accounting for cores, space to store cores, and even the transportation of cores all add complexity to remanufacturing. Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini talks cores in her latest column.

Tags: Aftermarket, Remanufactured Parts, Remanufacturing

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Hot in Medium-Duty for 2018

By Jack Roberts

Big rigs are grabbing all the technology headlines today. But medium-duty truck and van models continue to see improved safety and productivity. Check out HDT's annual round-up of what's new in medium-duty.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vocational Trucks, New Vehicles

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Let's Look More Closely at Automation in Trucking

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

As it currently stands, autonomous technology is impractical anywhere except on smooth and easy highways in good weather, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his October column.

Tags: Automation, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can Trucks be Hacked?

By Jim Park

Does trucking face a cyber-threat resulting from weaknesses in the electronic architecture of its trucks? From part eight of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: Cybersecurity, Trucking in the 21st Century, Cyberattacks

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A Whirlwind of Last-Minute ELD Preparations

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The ELD mandate requiring electronic logging devices to track driver hours goes into effect Dec. 18. Yet a surprising number of fleets have not yet adopted them.

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

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Cyber Security: Connect at Your Own Risk

By David Cullen

How fleets can enjoy greater connectivity without risking more cyber attacks. Part eight of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Cybersecurity, Trucking in the 21st Century, Cyberattacks

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oilfield Company No Renegade When it Comes to ELDs

Renegade Wire Line Services has been running on J.J. Keller ELogs for more than three years. Photo: Renegade Wire Line Services

By Deborah Lockridge

Todd Caughey was a state trooper for 25 years who retired and took on a new career as HSE/DOT Compliance Supervisor for Renegade Wire Line Services. The company put in electronic logs back in 2014, so he has an unusual perspective on enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Oilfield Services

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ready or Not: 5 Important Questions in the Countdown to ELDs

By Fred Fakkema and Annette Sandberg

Fred Fakkema, VP of compliance at Zonar Systems, and Annette Sandberg, former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, answer in depth five pressing questions of concern to fleets as the Dec. 18 ELD mandate compliance deadline looms ever closer.

Tags: ELD Mandate, Safety & Compliance, Zonar, ELDs

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Moving From Paper to ELDs Saves Time for Midwest Carrier

Mike Narvaez, safety and compliance director for R&amp;amp;M, talks about the benefits of getting rid of piles of paper. Photo: Fleetmatics

By Deborah Lockridge

Moving from paper to electronic hours of service tracking has made it easier for everyone from drivers to dispatchers to operations at R&M Trucking, which has terminals in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Tags: Fleetmatics, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Fleetmatics Logbook

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Bruce Stockton Talks Maintenance Challenges

Bruce Stockton

By Deborah Lockridge

What are fleets' biggest maintenance headaches today and some ways to address them? We talk to Bruce Stockton, who has headed up equipment and maintenance for fleets ranging from CFI to Kenan Advantage and is now consulting on total cost of ownership and uptime.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, Engine Oil, Oil Analysis, Q&A, Uptime, Data Analysis, Coolants

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

&amp;ldquo;Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession,&amp;rdquo; said Dr. Larry Davidson (pictured). Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

Trying to narrow down the single, biggest point made at the annual FTR Transportation Conference would be a fool’s errand. The event was content rich, covering everything from the economy and freight to equipment and everything in between. Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge found three takeaways.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP, ELDs

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: International's Refreshed LoneStar

Internationl demonstrates that technology and style needn&#39;t be at odds with its revamped LoneStar tractor. Photo: Christina Hamner

By Jack Roberts

International has revamped its stand-out LoneStar highway tractor with a perfect blend of modern amenities and Old School style. HDT's Jack Roberts got a sneak peek, and here are his first on-the-road impressions.

Tags: LoneStar, International Trucks, Test Drive, Quick Spin

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

FTC Uses Online Tech to Keep Drivers Trained

Based in Oklahoma City, FTC Transportation is a small dedicated carrier for the Feed the Children Program, delivering food and relief to those in need. Photo: FTC Transportation

By Steven Martinez

With drivers rarely in the same place at the same time, CarriersEdge has helped FTC keep its fleet tops in safety.

Tags: FTC, Online Training, CarriersEdge

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Tips to Get the Bypass Green Light

Photo: Help Inc.

By Steve Vaughn, Help Inc.

Whether you’re a trucking fleet executive, safety director, company driver or an owner-operator, if your safety scores aren’t where you would like them to be, you’re probably not getting bypass green lights as often as you wish. But there is a solution – and it’s nearly as close as your backyard.

Tags: Inspections, Help Inc., PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, CSA score, Fleet Safety

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's New in Dump Trailers?

New Mac aluminum end-dumps gleam in the lights of the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year. Many lose their luster in day-to-day work, but are still are valued for their light weight and corrosion resistance. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Think you’re seeing a lot of aluminum end-dump trailers in recent years? You are. Aluminum’s in, but steel still has a place.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dump Trailers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Alignment and Balancing: Hassle, or Worth the Hustle?

Many fleets dread the downtime. But according to Rush Truck Centers, front-end alignments can be done in as little as 90 minutes. Photo:  Rush Truck Centers

By Jack Roberts

There are three strong arguments in favor of a good tire alignment and balancing program, experts say: Fuel, tread life, and drivers.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tire Costs, Tires, Wheel Balancers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Paper Transport Buys Into Safety-Focused Culture

Safety &amp;amp; Compliance Award winner Ken Marvenko owes some of the success of his fleet safety program to a 100% buy-in from all of the decision-makers within the company. Photo:  Paper Transport

By Stephane Babcock

2017 HDT Safety & Compliance Award winner Ken Marvenko talks about the task of taking over Paper Transport's safety department and how buy-in can affect fleet safety culture.

Tags: Paper Transport, Awards, HDT, Safety & Compliance, Fleet Safety

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panel: Trailers Next Frontier in Telematics

&amp;ldquo;The trailer is very much increasing in importance.&amp;rdquo; says Wabco&#39;s Jon Morrison. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By John G. Smith

The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror. A panel at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show explored the topic.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, NACV Show

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Russia’s Comtrans Show Reflects Improving Truck Market

Daimler, which has a 15% stake in and a 50/50 joint venture with the Russian truck maker Kamaz, is aiming for higher market share in Russia.

By Contributing European Correspondent

Russia’s Comtrans, the largest truck and transportation exhibition in Europe this year, showed off nearly everything offered on the Russian market for five days earlier this month in Moscow.

Tags: Russia, Events, Global

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Beyond Electric and Natural Gas

Director of Fleet Procurement Mike Casteel says UPS has &amp;ldquo;a lot of experience with propane autogas,&amp;rdquo; including running over 2,000 propane-powered package cars in the U.S. and Canada. iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

Electric and natural gas vehicles are the most well-known alternatives to diesel, but here’s a look at other alternative fuels that may be in the running for certain truck applications.

Tags: Biodiesel, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, DME, Renewable Diesel

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

 A policy of &amp;ldquo;opportunity charging&amp;rdquo; that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks&amp;rsquo; state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV

By Jack Roberts

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TMC, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Share Best Practices on Implementing New Technologies

TMC panelists Bill Brown, Colin Crowley, Peter Savage and Deryk Powell outlined what they&amp;rsquo;ve learned as more and more fleets struggled to adopt new technologies and make them work effectively. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Looking at technology as a problem-solver first can go a long way toward its successful deployment in real-world fleet operations. A panel discussion at TMC's Fall Meeting offered real-world advice.

Tags: TMC

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Hurricane Harvey the Lead-in to Something Significant in Trucking?

By Jonathan Starks, FTR

It’s apparent that people are working very hard in Houston, because the spot market trucking statistics are showing strong positive moves, in some cases to levels above pre-storm benchmarks.

Tags: Texas, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Hurricane Harvey

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fast-Tracking Technicians

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The TechSpedite program teaches technicians how to do the job not just from a technical perspective but from a personal and professional perspective too, explains Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her September column.

Tags: Maintenance, Training, Technician Training, Hiring, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets are Using Solar Power

Canada&amp;rsquo;s Groupe Robert is using six solar panels and four deep-cycle batteries to keep drivers comfortable and batteries charged. Photo: Groupe Robert

By Deborah Lockridge

Solar panels have moved off building rooftops and onto trucks, tractors, and trailers.

Tags: Solar Power, Batteries, Solar Charging, Solar Panel

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: A Truck Dealer Talks About Industry Challenges

Jodie Teuton

By Denise Rondini

Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana, spoke with HDT about how issues facing truck dealers are impacting fleets as well as shares her thoughts on the challenges dealers face today.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Sales, Dealers

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Some Fleets Still Like Natural Gas

Ryder&amp;rsquo;s Scott Perry sees an 800-pound gorilla named California at the fuel pump, which could eventually help drive up sales of natural-gas vehicles. Photo: Ryder

By David Cullen

Some fleets opt to run on natural gas instead of diesel, a decision fueled by one or more key influences.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Other Shortage - Heavy-Duty Technicians

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The shortage of able technicians is going to bite us if we don’t find a fix. In fact, it already is, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electric Trucks: Zap in the Pan?

By Jim Park

Electric trucks are coming to market on the strength of their lack of tailpipe emissions. But can trucking get over the cost, weight, and range hurdles?

Tags: Toyota, Mitsubishi Fuso, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Could Tesla Solve EV Range Issues With Battery Swapping System?

Tesla has filed a patent for a hoist system capable of swapping out electric vehicle battery packs in less than 15 minutes. Image via Tesla

By Jack Roberts

Tesla filed for a patent on a high-speed battery replacement system for electric vehicles that would quickly swap out a spent battery with fully charged one. Could this be the key to solving charging time and EV range issues?

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Can Autonomous Trucks Help You Attract Fresh Talent?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We tend to shake our heads and roll our eyes at the breathless coverage in the mainstream and tech media about “driverless trucks”. But there’s one good thing about all this coverage: It’s helping to make trucking look “cool”, says Editor In Chief Deborah Lockridge in her September editorial.

Tags: Recruiting, Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Leaders, Uber for Trucking

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