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March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.

By Denise Rondini

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Dealer of the Year, Truck Dealers

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van?

Utilimaster’s upfit facility for Ram Truck in Saltillo, Mexico, installs equipment on heavy pickups and ProMaster vans, which are sent directly to dealers for delivery to customers.

By Tom Berg

Large Eurovans are taking over some work-truck roles, but there’s still a big place for service bodies.

Tags: Vans, Cargo Vans, Trailers, Service Bodies

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It's All About the Brakes

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.

Tags: Aftermarket, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity

Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Tags: Maintenance, Productivity, Shop Equipment, Aftermarket

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Touting CNG in the Texas Triangle

Love’s first began providing CNG to heavy-duty drivers in 2012, and has continued to expand its network throughout the U.S., including adding stations in eastern Texas. Photo via Love's

By Stephane Babcock

In eastern Texas, natural gas has seen successes within the highly traveled corridor linking three huge metro areas.

Tags: Texas, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, Clean Energy

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, Kenworth T680

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Snow, Cold Welcomed by Ram Truck Testing Crews

Photo courtesy Ram Truck.

By Nick Cappa

Every year, Ram's truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally recurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience.

Tags: Ram Truck, Cold Air Intake, Winter Equipment, Snow Removal, Vehicle Testing

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, eLogs, 34-Hour Restart

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Tags: Productivity, Fuel Economy, Downtime

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive

Sweetland Transport anticipates a growth rate of more than 150% this year over last.

By Jim Beach

Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

Tags: Information Technology, SaaS, TMS, Mobile Apps

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Mr. Spock Goes to Washington

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Instead of doing the logical thing and raising the fuel tax, politicians have come up with just about every cockamamie scheme you can imagine.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

By Jim Park

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

Tags: Compliance, CSA, Safety

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation.

By Tom Berg

Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

Tags: Corrosion, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Fleet Advantage's John Flynn on Truck Leasing Past, Present and Future

John Flynn. Photo courtesy Fleet Advantage.

By Deborah Lockridge

What does Big Data have to do with the future of truck leasing? Everything, says John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage, a truck leasing company that believes in using data analytics to determine "economic obsolescence" in making equipment life cycle decisions.

Tags: Spec'ing, Fuel Economy, Truck Leasing, Fleet Advantage, Private Fleets

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Leadership in the Age of Disruption

By Denise Rondini

Disruptive times call for innovative business owners to focus on vision, culture and their value proposition, said a business consultant during last week’s Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Information Technology, HDAD, HDAW, Leadership, Consultants

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Speak Up On Aftermarket Issues

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

It’s that time of year when suppliers, distributors and service providers all gather to talk to each other, share best practices and to discuss the future of the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, HDAW

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Well do you Know CSA?

By John Simms of HNI

Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it’s no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HNI, Quiz

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3PLs Today and Tomorrow

Third party logistics companies have become a key part of goods movement.

By Jim Beach

Outsourcing their transportation management functions to 3PLs gives shippers more flexibility to meet their shipping needs and access to the latest transportation management technologies.

Tags: Information Technology, 3PL, Freight, Shippers

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles

A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.

By Jim Park

Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Airgo, Tires

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why Kenworth’s T880 Won the ATD Truck of the Year

One thing for sure in the competition: A blue truck would win. Kenworth’s T880 (at far right) scored the highest vs. (from left) the International WorkStar 7600 and Peterbilt 567. Bottom line: The KW “was a nicer truck to drive.” Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg explains how he and the other judges picked Kenworth's T880 vocational truck as the ATD's 2015 Commercial Truck of the Year.

Tags: Test Drive, ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance

Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.

By Denise Rondini

Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Lubricants, Tire Pressure

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Powertrain Specs: More Science Than Art

Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

By Jim Park

Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

Tags: Powertrain, Lightweighting, Torque, Downspeed

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion

Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg

By Jim Park

If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.

Tags: CNG Conversions, Managing the Shop, Safety & Compliance, CNG

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

By Tom Berg

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter, Fuel and Oil

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Dilemma: An In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage

By HDT Staff

For 2015, as the trucking industry is dealing with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking is delving into the topic of truck drivers. The 10-part series in the magazine is complemented by WebXclusive features.

Tags: Driver Pay, Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice From Van Trailers

The plow-like scraper removes snow as the trailer moves under the device. A rubber tip on the steel blade protects the roof. Pyle has 15 installed at its terminals in the Northeast, with two more scheduled.

By Tom Berg

Although laws in several states require owners to clean off the roofs before the vehicles head for the road, that’s easier decreed than done, as Tom Berg explores in January's Once Around the Yard.

Tags: Trailers, Snow Removal, Winter, A. Duie Pyle

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bypassing Tolls and Weigh Stations with Technology

Bypassing weigh stations can save fleets time and fuel, which can cut costs immensely when multiplied over numerous vehicles. Photo: istockphoto.com

By Stephane Babcock

Toll and weigh station bypass technology can help fleets cut costs and time, while the vehicle keeps rolling down the road.

Tags: Information Technology, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Tolls

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Daimler's Detroit Assurance Safety System

Detroit Assurance includes an optional Lane Departure Warning system consisting of a forward-looking camera that detects roadway lane markings. Drivers get audible alerts if they cross out of a lane without using the turn signal.

By Jim Park

Detroit Assurance is the name of a new safety system from Daimler Trucks North America that could save your hide in a crash while saving fuel in less dire circumstances.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit Assurance

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Make 2015 the Year of Relationships

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

In the day-to-day hustle of deadlines, whether it’s a magazine article or blog, delivering freight or building trucks, it’s hard to find enough time to build and nurture relationships with friends and co-workers.

Tags: Meritor

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 Management, 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: Maintenance, Driver Safety, 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, 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 Truck, 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: Maintenance, Bendix, Air Compressors, Brakes

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