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August 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Politics of Green

By Deborah Lockridge

Environmental and energy issues are hot topics on Capitol Hill. What they'll mean for trucking is anyone's guess. But you can count on one thing: They will have an effect.

Tags: Environmentally Friendly, Climate Change, Regulations

August 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest To Save Fuel

By Jim Beach

Savvy fleets invest in green technologies.

Tags: Idle Reduction, APU

August 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Spill Threats

By Patricia Smith & Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editors

Even a few gallons can mean big cleanup costs if you're not prepared.

Tags: Transportation Spill Kit

August 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Long, Costly Road

By Tom Berg

Diesel makers continue to squeeze pollutants from exhaust, with resulting complexity, higher prices and reliability problems.

Tags: clean air standards, SCR, smog-forming pollutants

August 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Price Tag Challenge

By Oliver Patton

Buyer incentives for new engines are going to be a tough sell with Washington legislators.

Tags: Incentives, Engine

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth's T660 Extended Day Cab

By Tom Berg

This extended daycab continues an aerodynamic revolution started by KW a quarter-century ago.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Freightliner's Cascadia

By Jim Park

Freightliner's Cascadia meets customer demands and gives a little more in the bargain.

Tags: Freightliner, Customer Satisfaction, Freightliner Cascadia, Test Drive

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

International's New ProStar

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

It's a driver's truck for its quietness and handling. And it's an owner's truck for its low maintenance and repairability.

Tags: ProStar, Test Drive

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Uptime: Beware The Culture Clash

By Deborah Lockridge

Power struggles between operations and maintenance can cost you in downtime and money.

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Towing: Finding A Better Way

By Oliver Patton

Everyone has a towing horror story. Here's what the good guys are doing to take some of the sting out the experience.

Tags: Towing

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Psychic On board

By Jim Beach

Today's truck technology and computing power can predict failures before they happen.

Tags: Maintenance, Technology, business management

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Steps To Keep Tires Rolling

By Evan Lockridge, Contributing Editor

Tire problems account for half of roadside breakdowns. A well-run inspection program will save time and money.

Tags: Tires, breakdowns, Downtime, preventive maintenance, Inspections

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dodging Downtime Disasters

By Tom Berg & Steve Sturgess

Effective management means identifying the things that cripple trucks, and dealing with them before they become emergencies.

Tags: Equipment Issues, breakdowns

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

New Fuels, New Problems

By Deborah Lockridge

Ultra low sulfur diesel is causing unique problems in both cold weather operation and maintenance. issues with biodiesel could be even worse.

Tags: Biodiesel, Winter, oil additives

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Testing Tires For Economy

By Evan Lockridge, Contributing Editor

New TMC recommended practice offers an easier way to evaluate fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Tires

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Less Idle, Less Fuel

By Jim Beach

Drivers are much more likely to turn the engine off if they can still be comfortable in the cab, winter and summer. That's where anti-idling technology comes in.

Tags: Idle Reduction, HVAC, Fuel Prices, APU

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automating Fuel Buying

By Jim Beach

Technologies exist today to help fleet managers make the most out of their fuel purchases.

Tags: Fuel purchasing, Fuel Costs, FMS, Fuel Management

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gearing Up For Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg

More care than ever is needed when pairing the ‘07 diesels with gear ratios to get the best balance between performance and fuel economy.

Tags: Fuel Economy

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Betting on Biodiesel

By Oliver Patton

Fuel made from vegetable and animal feedstocks and then blended with diesel will some day be commonplace in trucking.

Tags: Biodiesel, ATA, Soybean Oil

May 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Exec Views On Drivers

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

The driver shortage was one of the most pressing topics addressed by fleet executives at Newport Communications' annual economic summit, held in conjunction with the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

May 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Congress Needs A Sensible Approach To Highway Funding

By Doug Condra, President

When it comes to doling out money, our legislators are out of control.

Tags: Congress, American Trucking Associations

May 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Turns Teacher With New Webinar Series

By Oliver Patton

Everybody knows that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration writes and enforces all the safety rules. It's the top cop when it comes to such regs. But the agency has added a new job title to its repertoire: teacher.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Driver Safety

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Government SNAFUs Over APUs

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The regs mean any APU or heating device will have to have its own diesel particulate trap technology.

Tags: CARB, ATA, APU

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Get Trucking!

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

ATA launches a media campaign to reach drivers outside the traditional pool.

Tags: ATA

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Mobile Wireless: It's Not Flawless, But It's Working

By Doug Condra, President

Today's systems are more capable than ever, and prices are more palatable.

Tags: Communications, wireless communications

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Driver Debacle

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucks are already parked because there are not enough drivers to move them. Labor analysts warn that in a few years the driver crisis will be worse – much worse. This series will give you tools to cope.

Tags: Economy, Truck Drivers

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Creating Peace In The Shop

By Evan Lockridge

Your drivers and your mechanics need not be adversaries, even though they speak different languages.

Tags: Maintenance, Managing the Shop

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-Tech Temptations

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Technologies designed to make fleets and drivers more efficient can also make the driver's job easier and often lead to better pay as well.

Tags: productivity, Communications, Driver Retention

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reaching A New Demographic

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The times, they are a-changin', Bob Dylan sang that back in the tumultuous 1960s, and it still holds true today.

Tags: Recruiting, APU

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Than Driving Skills

By HDT Staff

Knight Transport, a small Northwest trucking company, was in trouble. It had 24 trucks with 17 available, but only 14 drivers and a turnover rate of 75 percent a month. Owner Scotty White's truck fleet was lying largely dormant and he could not grow his company.

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Recruiting In The Information Age

By Deborah Lockridge

Computer software can make recruiting more effective and efficient.

Tags: Recruiting, software, Technology

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pay It How It Plays

By Patricia Smith, Senior Editor

Private fleets are cutting costs and improving service by switching from traditional driver pay methods.

Tags: Private Fleets, Driver Productivity, Driver Pay, National Private Truck Council

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reap What You Pay

By Patricia Smith & Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editors

Driver compensation planning must go beyond a paycheck. It must involve benefits, bonuses – even non-monetary perks.

Tags: Driver Pay

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Ultimate Decision-Maker

By Oliver Patton

Each year, government's primary regulatory focus falls more intensely on the driver. Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, FMCSA

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New faces Behind The Wheel

By Deborah Lockridge

Truck drivers have traditionally been mostly white males, but a growing need for drivers and a changing population means that notion must change.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women in Trucking, Recruiting

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth W900L

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Kenworth W900L wears the Western look with the new Pendleton interior option

Tags: Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Fun in the Mud

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Ice storm disrupts Ford's SuperDuty event, but the redesigned '08 pickups came out looking good.

Tags: Ford, Ford Super Duty, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth W900L

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Kenworth W900L wears the Western look with the new Pendleton interior option

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 8 Hybrids

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel-electric trucks for the Air Force save big on fuel, and they're also easy to drive.

Tags: Volvo, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Taking a Walkabout at TMC

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Wandering around the exhibits and demonstrations at TMC is like participating in time travel.

Tags: ATA, TMC

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Opening The Border

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

It's time for the 'free trade' in NAFTA to happen – enough already.

Tags: Mexican Trucking, NAFTA, Department of Transportation

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Gator-Hater Legislator Just Wanted A Dialogue

By Doug Condra, President

Senator proposed retread ban and six years of training to drive trucks in Florida.

Tags: Driver Training, Retreads

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Honoring Trucking's Elite leaders

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

Five outstanding trucking executives are recognized with Heavy Duty Trucking's annual Truck Fleet Innovators awards.

Tags: trucking industry, Leadership

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saving Drivers' Backs

By Tom Berg

A brand new custom seat can go a long way toward comfort in the cab. But showing drivers how to adjust their existing seat can really help.

Tags: Schneider National, Driver Comfort

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Large Car Mystique

By Tom Berg

While aerodynamics might be easier on the wallet, many still prefer the look of a large car.

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Has Predictive Maintenance Become a Dinosaur?

By Tom Berg

Vertical integration, underhood heat and cheaper parts have replaced experience and data bases in anticipating component failures.

Tags: Fleet Manager, OEM, predictive analysis

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2007 Truck Market: Buy, Lease or Wait?

By Patricia Smith & Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editors

New emissions technology will most likely hurt sales, but full-service leasing could do well.

Tags: Leasing

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

A Little Help from your Oem

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

Programs to help fleets manage their maintenance on the road are available from truck OEMs.

Tags: Maintenance, preventive maintenance, Inspections

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Small Fleet Software

By Jim Beach

For many small fleets, upgrading the shop with maintenance software is a big cost issue.

Tags: Fleet Management, software, vehicle maintenance software

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2007 Breakdown Guide

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

HDT's annual guide to services that offer help for roadside breakdowns and emergencies

Tags: breakdowns, vehicle breakdown

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