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January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Trucks Could Borrow From F1 Hybrid Tech

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

The latest hybrid V-6 Formula One engines are marvels of technology that may give us a glimpse into the future of truck efficiency and performance.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Turbochargers, Hybrids, Locking It In

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Every Second Counts When Your Driver is at Risk

By Adam Kahn, SmartDrive Systems

It’s the call a fleet manager never wants to get — one where your driver has been in a collision. Fleets can leverage video data to make timely business decisions.

Tags: Liability, CSA, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Information Technology

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Can Learn From Tires When You're Ready to Scrap Them

By the time a tire gets to the retreader, its unit number and wheel position information may be lost forever. It’s best to inspect the tire as it comes off the truck.

By Jim Park

Scrap piles call tell a lot about how fleets are using their tires and help reduce tire costs and improve miles to removal.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Tires and Wheels

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Test Drive: Sprinter 4x4s Traverse Rough Terrain

Wheel in the air is no problem because the 4x4 system, based on M-B’s 4Matic all-wheel drive, automatically directs power to wheels with traction. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Most customers won't need a full-size van with this kind of off road capability, but for those who do, the Sprinter proves it can handle rough terrain.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Test Drive, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Using Telematics to Boost Truck and Cargo Security

A trailer dropped at night in an unsecured lot could be a target for thieves, but the Internet of Things and telematics can help keep it safe. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Jim Beach

The advent of the "Internet of Things" concept in trucks helps fleets improve security for vehicles, drivers and cargo, with smart devices, locks and sensors that do their work in the background.

Tags: Cargo Theft, Internet of Things, Telematics, Information Technology

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Tapping into Technology Leads to Growing Profits

Photo courtesy of AmeriQuestcorp.com

By David Beaudry of AmeriQuest

As resistance to trucking technology steadily fades away, more fleets are discovering the profit-making benefits it can deliver. Route analysis and optimization is one example.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, AmeriQuest

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth

Mike Roeth, Executive Director of the NACFE.

By Deborah Lockridge

Mike Roeth is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. We talked to him about his group's mission, fuel economy and freight efficiency in general.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, NACFE, Freight Efficiency, Q&A

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Photo by Ryder System.

By Mel Kirk, Ryder System

General preventive driving habits can make a big difference in winter driving safety. Here are some tips to make driving in hazardous conditions safer.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Accident Prevention, Ryder System, Snow Chain

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Con-way Truckload's Strategies for Success

Albert Johnson, Con-way Truckload's vice preisent of human resources, works from the company's Joplin, Mo., headquarters: Photo by Drew Kimble, 12 Eighty-One Photography.

By Stephane Babcock

When you have 2,600 trucks and nearly 3,000 professional drivers on the road you need to make sure that not only are your clients’ products making it to their destination on time, but that they are also making it there safely.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Driver Training, Recruiting, Con-way Truckload

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Winter Truck Maintenance Tips

Photo via Ryder System.

By Mel Kirk, Ryder System

Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins to keep your fleet up and running.

Tags: preventive maintenance, Ryder System, Winter, Weather

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ZCube Trailers Are Back To the Future

Low-floor vans are like the household goods trailers that Kentucky specializes in, but without the belly boxes and side doors. Freightliner single-rear-axle tractors are driven by teams.

By Tom Berg

Zenith Global Logistics, which hauls and delivers home and hotel furnishings across much of the nation, needed more capacity. So its managers looked around and rediscovered low-floor, high-cube van trailers that the fleet used 20 years ago.

Tags: Trailers, Van Trailers, Once Around the Yard, Zenith

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dry Van Specs: Lessons From A Leasing Company

Penske Truck Leasing buys thousands of trailers every year to serve thousands of customers, so fleet managers might learn something from their spec’ing practices.

By Tom Berg

Penske considers application, customer desires and residual value in its orders.

Tags: Trailers, Penske Truck Leasing, Dry Van

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo I-Shift Dual Clutch: Smooth Operator

European truck editors tried out the new transmissions on demanding hills in Spain. Photo: Volvo Trucks

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Volvo Truck claims to be first in the world to launch a dual-clutch automated mechanical transmission in heavy trucks. HDT European Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand takes it for a spin.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Transmissions, Global, Volvo I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inspecting Your Tires

By Pressure Systems International

Inspecting tires on a routine and regular basis is the key to succeeding in maximizing your tire removal miles. The goal of every tire program is to ensure that the tires are running smoothly and evenly without irregular wear.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Meritor, PSI, Tire Inflation, Tires

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: We Need to Look Past Fossil Fuels

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Our current interest in natural gas may be keeping us from investing in more forward thinking technologies not based in fuel with a fixed supply.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Cell, Locking It In

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Up Close With Ram's New ProMaster City Van

With a ladder rack on the roof, a forward bulkhead, and tool and parts boxes inside, this ProMaster City’s ready for work. The van comes with hard mounting points for upfitting: Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Ford showed off the new ProMaster City compact van last week. It’s a neat truck that drives like a comfortable and roomy auto-based minivan, but it's based on a Fiat commercial van.

Tags: Ram, Test Drive, Cargo Vans, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Aftermarket 2014: A Year in Review

While remanufactured brakes have long been used by fleets, many are now including other remanufactured parts in their overall parts strategy. Photo courtesy of Bendix

By Denise Rondini

It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Brakes, Remanufacturing, Capacity

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

CVS Uses Data To Conquer the Most Expensive Mile

CVS’s fleet of Class 8 haulers use routing software to analyze the best routes for drivers to approach a location, pull into a parking lot, and maneuver into the loading dock.

By Chris Wolski

CVS used the routing software in the Telogis telematics system to analyze the best routes for drivers to approach a location, pull into a parking lot, and maneuver into the loading dock.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Navigation

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar’s New CT681

The set-forward steer axle and plain front end mark the latest Cat Truck. The headlamps are halogen sealed beams and the bumper is flat to minimize overall length.

By Tom Berg

Business-like in appearance and set up for bridge-formula states, the latest Cat Truck will suit dump, mixer and snowplow applications.

Tags: Caterpillar, Mixer, Snow Plow, Test Drive, Dump Trucks

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor

The accompanying video notes that you should take a close look at piston O-rings in the compressor.

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Bendix, Air Compressors, Brakes

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Navistar Outlines SuperTruck Progress

A breakdown of how Navistar's SuperTruck will achieve its efficiency goal.

By Deborah Lockridge

Increasing brake thermal efficiency in the SuperTruck's diesel engines is proving more challenging than expected and the goal of 55% still seems a ways off.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 3

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this final installment in a three-part series, we look at the 34-hour restart rules.

Tags: Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saving Amps & Money

By Stephane Babcock

Proper maintenance procedures for charging and storage will help extend the service life of heavy-duty batteries.

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big Data & Trucking

By Jim Beach

Trucking operations generate billions of pieces of information each day, and fleet managers are learning how to put it all to use.

Tags: PeopleNet, Cadec, Omnitracs, Big Data, Information Technology

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 2

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this article, the second of a three-part series, we'll look at the 30-minute rest break requirement.

Tags: Hours of Service

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: As Economy Builds, Almost Everybody’s Buying

By Tom Berg

Builders report order upswings of 20% and more, along with gains for proprietary diesels and automated transmissions.

Tags: Kenworth, International, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Western Star, Caterpillar, Mack Trucks

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 1

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this first installment in a three-part series, we look at electronic logging devices.

Tags: Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: How the Public Feels About Driver Fatigue

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

The debate over driver fatigue and hours of service regulations may be decided by the public. But how questions are asked and facts are presented can sway opinion in opposite directions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Regulations, Hours of Service, Fatigue, 34-Hour Restart

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

15 Things to Watch For in 2015 (And Beyond)

By Deborah Lockridge and Oliver Patton

A lot is changing in the trucking industry right now – technology, demographics, manufacturing, regulations and more. How will these changes affect your business? We’ve come up with 15 trends you should watch next year and beyond.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, Trends, Industry Trends

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Caterpillar’s Ron Schultz

By Tom Berg

Ron Schultz is global on-highway truck sales and product support manager at Caterpillar Inc.

Tags: Truck Sales, Caterpillar, Q&A

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Three Things to Consider When Comparing Insurers

By Bill Caudill

When shopping for commercial auto insurance, it’s important to consider a number of factors, not just cost.

Tags: Insurance, Progressive Insurance

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are You Putting Enough Air In Your Steer Tires?

Pressures of 105 psi are fine with 12,000-pound steer-axle loads, but may be 10-20 psi underinflated in 13,200-pound steer-axle loads.

By Jim Park

If you are not running at least 105 psi in your steer tires, you’re running underinflated. In some cases, those tires may be in run-flat condition.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Tire Inflation, Tires

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: Promising Waste-Recovery Tech from Formula One

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

The pinnacle of automotive engineering, and easily its most expensive pursuit, is to be seen in the sometimes crazy world of Formula One racing. Rolf Lockwood says the most interesting thing about the new engine formula is waste-energy recovery.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Engines, Hybrids

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

Buying fuel-efficient tires? Better make sure they're at the optimum inflation. (File photo: Goodyear)

By Jim Park

We sat down with tire-industry expert Al Cohn to gain some insight into fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Avoiding Damage From Aggressive Cargoes

A corrosive fluid pitted this stainless steel tanker’s interior and started serious rusting. It might or might not be repairable. Once pitting occurs, the material is weakened and it’s likely to happen again. Knowing exactly what a commodity is enables a carrier to use the correct type of tanker and avoid such expensive damage.

By Tom Berg

The Liquid Products Database lists 5,000-plus substances and how they affect the interior walls of tank trailers.

Tags: preventive maintenance, Corrosion, Tankers

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Better Maintenance Scheduling Leads to Better Service

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Staying on top of maintenance not only improves the condition of vehicles, it can lead to improved business.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Vehicle Repairs

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Creating a Safety Environment

(L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment, co-sponsor of the award; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver development, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing.

By Stephane Babcock

Winners of the 2014 Volvo Truck Safety Awards believe safety starts at the top, but the driver is the most important part of the equation.

Tags: Truck Safety, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety, Awards

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is There A Set Time to Change Air Springs?

This 14-year-old Heil pneumatic tanker owned by South Shore Transportation in Ohio runs only about 150 miles a day, and its air springs finally needed replacement last month. All four bags were changed out.

By Tom Berg

Type of service and wear, along with road damage, tend to establish any schedule, if that’s possible.

Tags: Suspensions, Replacement Cycles, Trailer Suspensions

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Protecting Data Is Key to Good Business

Technology comes with many benefits, as well as some vulnerabilities.

By Steven Martinez

Understanding what data your company has is just as important as protecting it in the information age.

Tags: Information Technology, Data Security, Cloud-Based Technology

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Getting the Most Out of Your Tire Program

Comprehensive tire management can turn a pile of beat-up rubber into a pile of gold.

By Jim Park

What to track in a tire program to make sure you’re getting the most out of every day they spend on the road.

Tags: Fleet Management, Tires, Tires and Wheels

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Using Eaton's Procision Dual-Clutch Transmission

Even on a 20% grade, the Hill Helper held the truck until the clutch engaged and the engine got the truck moving. On the downslope the clutch held the truck in gear until an upshift was necessary. It never coasted downhill.

By Jim Park

Eaton’s Procision dual-clutch medium-duty automated transmission promises automatic-like driver feel with manual performance attributes.

Tags: Dual-Clutch, Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Quick Spin

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Attracting New Clients and Drivers through Branding

Long Haul Trucking’s gunslinger paint job has made the rounds not only along the highways and byways, but also at industry events, such as the Mid-America Trucking Show last March.

By Stephane Babcock

From the November issue: A new look can go a long way in turning heads while spreading your brand message to people on the road as well as to potential drivers.

Tags: Vehicle Paint, Branding

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 5700XE

Western Star's 5700XE is a Classic-style truck in aerodynamic wrap.

By Jim Park

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big classic-styled truck with second-to-one aerodynamics.

Tags: Western Star, Test Drive, Aerodynamics, Downspeed

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

STAA Whistleblower Claims Taking Bite Out of Interstate Commerce Firms

By HNI

There's been an increase in claims of retaliation under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982. These STAA whistleblower claims are being filed by truck drivers who are contracted/employed by motor carriers.

Tags: Liability, Insurance, Lawsuits, HNI, Surface Transportation

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Simulators Can Help Save Fuel

In this Eco-Drive challenge program, you can see the driver accelerating gradually while the non-fuel-saving-truck on the left has raced ahead to the next light. Look at the red arrow below the truck graphic on the left that indicates the energy being wasted in hard braking.

By Deborah Lockridge

From the November Issue of HDT - Driving simulators aren't just for new drivers or safety training, they can be used to teach drivers how to improve fuel economy by breaking bad habits.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fuel Economy, Training Simulator, Fuel Smarts

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Shrinking Globe

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Today the transportation and logistics world is becoming increasingly global. We want to start giving you a broader global perspective about what's going on in trucking around the world.

Tags: International, Europe, Asia, Multinational Fleets

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Literacy Impacts Workplace Communication

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Literacy isn't just about understanding what words mean but about making yourself understood. And about having some sort of impact with the words you choose to use.

Tags: Communications, Education, Locking It In

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

By Deborah Lockridge

HDT honors the industry leaders in sustainability, which show the path to being green is different for every fleet.

Tags: Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, CNG

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Things Drivers Need to do in Workers’ Comp Claims

By Corey Lile

Falls from loading docks or trailers, back sprains from throwing tarps, slips on icy truck steps -- truck driver injuries can lead to workers' comp claims. Make sure your drivers know these key areas of responsibility that are in their hands.

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Direct/Overdrive Adds Efficiency to Bulk-Hauling Volvos

I-Shift's selector does a lot of things, but it won't prompt an upshift to 12th when its controls know that the rig is heavily loaded. Photo:Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Bulk hauling rigs that consistently go out loaded and return home empty constitute the best application for the new feature.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Economy, Volvo XE-Adaptive Gearing, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

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