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June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to Avoid Weather-Related Pileups

By Tom Berg

Fleets need a company-wide protocol for dealing with severe weather, and watching forecasts can suggest areas to be avoided.

Tags: Driver Training, Weather, Winter, Drivers

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Wheel-end Maintenance Saves Tires, Brakes

Proper bearing adjustment is precice work requiring specialised tools.

By Jim Park

A little extra diligence in the shop, or a bit of mechanical assistance, can help fleets avoid the irritants associated with loose wheel bearings, like irregular tire wear, premature brake relining and even wheel-offs.

Tags: Accuride, Alcoa, Timken, Dana Spicer, ConMet, SKF, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Turn to Technology to Keep Tires at Proper Inflation

By Jim Park

We know from experience that many fleets don't do a great job at tire inflation management. And we know there's little point in looking to drivers for help in the matter, so what's left to do? Enter technology.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

121 Ways to Save Fuel

By HDT Staff

There’s hardly a fleet out there that wouldn’t like to save money on fuel costs. Maybe you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you feel like you’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit and you’re looking for new ideas. Here’s help. From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Equipment, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Theft, Idle Reduction, Technology, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: In the Shop

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Fuel Injection, Brakes, Engines, Engine Oils

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Fuel Theft

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Theft, Fuel Management, Theft Protection

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Drivers

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Fuel Management, Fuel Economy, Driver Training, Driver Scorecard

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Idle Reduction

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Idle Reduction, Batteries, Reefers, APUs, Solar Power, Shore Power

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Technology

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Technology, telematics, Predictive Analytics, Truck Platooning, Route Optimization

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Buying Fuel

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Natural Gas Vehicles, Dual Fuel, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Tires

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Tires, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, ATIS, Wide-Base Tires, Tire Inflation, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Trailers

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Aerodynamics, Lightweighting, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Equipment

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Aerodynamics, Fans, Lightweighting

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: Inside a Senate Roundtable on Highway Funding

By Tom Sanderson, CEO, Transplace

In late April, Tom Sanderson, CEO of the third-party logistics company Transplace, participated in a roundtable on Capitol Hill about highway funding. As we inch closer to the deadline and the Highway Trust Fund is heading into the red, he offers his impressions of that event.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Transplace

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Wabash National's Dick Giromini

Dick Giromini, Wabash president and CEO.

By Deborah Lockridge

Richard Giromini was appointed president and CEO of Wabash National Corp. on Jan. 1, 2007, putting him in the position of navigating the trailer maker through the Great Recession. We spoke with him about topics ranging from trailer innovation to the future of manufacturing in the U.S.

Tags: Trailers, Wabash National

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Scania: Sleeping Giant in Emerging VW Truck Portfolio?

Recently HDT visited the Scania Demo Center for Western Sweden. Here we test drove the most powerful engine variant, the R730 in 6x4 version. Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Volkwagen's takeover of Scania may seem like it should only matter to Europeans, but the German automaker's goal is to be able to compete in commercial vehicles alongside global rivals Volvo and Daimler. North America is likely in its game plan.

Tags: Volkswagen, Scania, Global, MAN, PACCAR, Navistar, Integration

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inflate your Tires, Not Your Fuel Bill

The harm from overinflating tires, especially those that run a high percentage of unloaded miles, could outweigh the perceived gains in fuel efficiency.

By Jim Park

For as hard as fleets work for a 1% gain in fuel efficiency, it's hard to imagine giving up something like 2-4% in fuel efficiency to something as simple as maintaining correct inflation pressure, especially today when almost every inflation or monitoring system on the market offers payback in less than a year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Tire Inflation

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Three Simple Ways to Prevent Forklift Accidents

By Tom Reddon

There’s a lot that can go wrong in any workplace, but this is especially true in industrial warehouses. Complex machinery, uncontrolled traffic, and the desire to optimize productivity means that every employee must be aware of risk factors at all times.

Tags: Forklift

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Upgrading Refuse Fleets to CNG: Three Considerations Beyond Economics

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

By Annalloyd Thomason, Natural Gas Vehicle Institute

Refuse fleets are one of the fastest growing markets for compressed natural gas, primarily because of the significant fuel cost savings that can be realized. The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute offers these key factors refuse fleets need to examine when considering upgrading to CNG.

Tags: Driver Training, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Technician Training, CNG, Refuse Fleet, NGVi

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Scrub Away Tire Savings

By Jim Park

You've heard the expression, 'It's like herding cats"? It's like that with tires when your alignment is out of whack. With all those wheels heading in different directions, it's unlikely you're getting the best fuel economy -- or tire life.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Alignment

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Company Installs Electric Drive in Heavy-Duty Drayage Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge

California-based TransPower has installed its ElecTruck battery-electric drive system into the second of eight trucks of this design that it plans to convert this year and place into drayage service near the L.A./Long Beach ports.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Four Key Takeaways from HNI's Driver Recruiting Summit

Reaching out to women and other underrepresented groups is one way to improve recruiting. Photo courtesy Con-way.

By Jim Daly, President, HNI Minnesota

HNI's Driver Recruiting Summit covered some of the pitfalls and best practices in the world of recruiting -- and retaining -- truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, HNI, Retention

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

ATA asks FMCSA to Eliminate Tire Underinflation Violation

Inspectors wrote more than 30,000 violations for under-inflated tires over a two-year period. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

There is no official definition of underinflated against which to write citations, so the cops have historically been sort of making it up as they go along -- more than 30,000 tickets written on a regulation that has been proven impossible to determine.

Tags: ATA, TMC, CVSA, Tire Inflation, Tires

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Maintenance Tips

It’s difficult to find a damaged rear impact guard because owners and drivers know they must be fixed before going on the road. Surface rust and dirt shouldn’t result in a citation, but deeper corrosion and bends might. Every trailer builder’s guard is different, so parts from individual manufacturers must be used in repairs.

By Tom Berg and Jim Park

It’s been 14 years since repairing any trailer’s “ICC bumper” was a simple matter of cutting off the damaged section and welding on a straight piece of angle iron. Most trailers built since Jan. 26, 1998, have been equipped with more complex required rear impact guards that are not only stronger but are designed to absorb shock from a collision.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Fifth Wheels, Stoughton Trailers

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Find a Service Provider

Select a service provider who has certified technicians and who has invested in the latest tools and diagnostic equipment.

By Denise Rondini

Finding and training technicians, purchasing tools and equipment, maintaining a parts inventory, dealing with OSHA and the EPA. These are just a few of the headaches fleets that maintain their own trucks face.

Tags: OSHA, EPA, Aftermarket, Dealers

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Texting Caught on Tape

By Deborah Lockridge

The consequences of texting and driving can go far beyond your CSA score, a ticket or even the maximum $11,000 fine from the feds.

Tags: Texting, NTSB

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Vehicles Zoom in Indy

By Tom Berg

Is electricity a fuel? Sure, even if we call it “power.” Electricity itself is far cheaper than any petroleum or gaseous fuel, and the motors it powers have many advantages for propulsion – high efficiency, tremendous torque, quietness and cleanliness, at least in the vehicle itself.

Tags: Ram ProMaster, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zenith

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Ergonomics: Round Pegs and Oval Holes

By Jim Park

As well as being in short supply, trucking’s new recruits are also, shorter generally, and thinner, as well as less likely to want a truck to look and feel like a truck. The challenge for truck makers comes in designing truck cabs to fit an expanding body-size profile, while making the driving environment appealing to people who have different expectations about trucks – all without alienating the existing driver population.

Tags: Ergonomics, Volvo Trucks, Women in Trucking

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Shall We Automate?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Every year for the last two or three centuries (or so it seems), March has meant a trip to Louisville, Ky., and the Mid-America Trucking Show. And every year the show produces a dominant theme, albeit unwritten, in the collection of new products introduced there.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, PACCAR, Eaton, MATS, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Providing ‘Comforts of Home’ for Heartland’s Drivers

Key to Bruce Hudson’s change to Heartland Express’s tractors is a larger alternator and mounting batteries on frame rails so they’ll stay cool.

By Tom Berg

Bruce Hudson, director of corporate maintenance at Heartland Express, has a heart when it comes to the Iowa-based truckload and logistics company’s drivers, who must spend nights on the road. So he’s come up with changes to a tractor’s electrical system that will benefit them during off-duty hours.

Tags: Heartland Express, Once Around the Yard

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Benchmarking Tire Programs: How Does Your Company Stack Up?

By Jim Park

Fleets spend tons of money on tires – so much, in fact, that bad tire management can become a competitive handicap. Find out how four well-run fleets run their tire programs to give their operations a competitive advantage.

Tags: Benchmarking, TMC, Tires, ATIS, Tires and Wheels, FedEx Ground

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to avoid 6 common CSA violations

By Daren Hansen, J.J. Keller & Associates

Let’s examine the top three CSA violations for both vehicles and drivers across the industry and discuss practices that can help bring the numbers down.

Tags: J.J. Keller, CSA, Safety & Compliance

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Ways Private Fleets Keep Drivers Longer

Average pay for drivers in the private fleet community was reported at $60,021 in 2012, up nearly $1,500 from the $58,784 reported in 2011. Starting pay for drivers remained virtually unchanged at just under $50,000, as did pay at the end of year one ($53,417). However, pay after three years dropped 12% to $58,137, while the upper limit for the most experienced drivers maxed out at more than $68,000 annually, a decrease of $14,000 compared to the previous year.

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

In 2012, driver turnover at large truckload carriers averaged 98%, according to figures from the American Trucking Associations. At smaller truckload fleets turnover averaged 82%.

Tags: NPTC, Driver Turnover, Private Fleets, Driver Pay, NationaLease

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

By Jim Beach

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

Tags: telematics, driver safety, Con-way Freight, Information Technology, Driver Training, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Meritor, Future Trucks

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Clarke-APG Dual-Fuel Glider

This Columbia sleeper-cab tractor looks new, because most of it is. The powertrain components are remanufactured. Daimler Trucks North America offers glider kits for most Freightliner and some Western Star models. The Wilson hopper-bottom trailer carries crushed lime.

By Tom Berg

From the ground and behind the wheel, you’d think this Freightliner Columbia is brand new. This was obvious on a run out on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri, pulling a hopper-bottom trailer with a heavy load of granulated lime destined for an animal-food plant in Montgomery City, west of St. Louis. It rode, shifted and ran like new, and was just as comfortable.

Tags: Freightliner, American Power Group, WheelTime Network, Test Drive, Dual Fuel, Glider Kits, Clarke Power Services

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tending Liftgate Batteries

By Tom Berg

Bruce Purkey knows where the electrons go. And, as president of Purkey’s Fleet Electric and his many activities in the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations, he’s well aware that some of them flow to batteries that support the electric-over-hydraulic systems for liftgates on trucks and trailers. Usually there are two and as many as four Group 31 batteries, like the ones on a truck or tractor.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Waltco, Maxon, Idle Reduction, Batteries, Con-Way, Purkey's Fleet Electric

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet’s Brian McLaughlin

PeopleNet President Brian McLaughlin

By Jim Beach

PeopleNet's Brian McLaughlin talks about the company post-acquisition, telematics trends, the rate of technological change, the 'Internet of Things" and more.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, PeopleNet

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inside Meritor’s Parts Distribution Center

Meritor offers a wide variety of undercarriage and drivetrain components. The company says it is seeing an increase in private label requests from both OEMs and heavy-duty marketing groups.

By Denise Rondini

Ever wonder exactly how the parts you order get to you when you need them where you need them? Meritor recently invited Heavy Duty Trucking to its Florence, Ky., Parts Distribution Center.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Meritor

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making Safety a Priority

Verst Group Logistics has a strong commitment to safety and has invested in safety technology for its fleet.

By Kate Harlow

In 2012, Verst Group Logistics had zero Department of Transportation recordable accidents. In 2013, to prove the previous year wasn’t just a fluke, Verst only had one DOT-recordable accident. How did this Kentucky-based logistics provider, with a fleet of 90 power units and 250 trailers, attain such a low number of accidents?

Tags: driver safety, SmartDrive Systems, Verst Group Logistics

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Remanufacturing Redux

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Remanufacturing has been in the news quite a bit lately. I recently wrote about the need to include remanufactured parts as an integral part of your fleet’s overall parts strategy.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket Parts, Remanufacturing

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Ounces of Prevention Means Miles of Cure For Your Tires

Alignment and balancing can keep your tires and your truck running straight and true.

By Jim Park

Unlike their human counterparts, dead tires do tell tales. And aside from underinflation and road strikes, the tales most commonly told of tires robbing their owners of full value revolve around alignment. Scrubbing and scuffing and driving tires off in different directions, poor alignment kills tires faster than almost any other mechanical malady.

Tags: TMC, Tires, Alignment, Bee Line Company, Hunter Engineering, IMI, Tires and Wheels, E-Z Line, Counteract Balancing Beads

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Systems Approach to Start/Charge System Maintenance

All that empty space between the winding is unused space. Square-wire windings make total use of the space and produce higher output.

By Jim Park

We have to stop thinking of our start/charge systems as simply a handful of separate components, and start viewing them as a system. From alternators to batteries and starters, cables and regulators, and even add-on components like low-voltage cut-off switches and DC/AV inverters, each can impact the component next to it.

Tags: Batteries, Electrical System, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Start/charge system, Delco Remy

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

David Hopper

By Ryder System

With Memorial Day nearly a month away, Ryder decided to interview its 2013 Driver of the Year David Hopper to find out what driving safety tips he could offer to those who will be on the roadways during the holiday weekend.

Tags: Ryder, Safe Driving

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Cloud Computing Right For You?

By Jim Beach

Today, fleets have an alternative to on-site rooms full of computer servers – using a hosted environment for your computing needs, known as cloud computing. In the cloud computing environment, the servers are maintained by a third party (or maybe your enterprise software vendor) and fleets access applications and data via a web interface.

Tags: Information Technology, Telogis, NexTraq, Zonar, Sylectus, TMW Systems, Omnitracs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Prevent Negligent Hiring Claims

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks. No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.

Tags: Recruiting, HNI, hiring policy

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent and thorough yard checks will catch problems your drivers miss.

By Jim Park

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

Tags: Tire Costs, Tires, Tire Inflation

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transmission Trends

Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.

By Tom Berg

The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Mack, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Engines to Watch

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses the potential of the interesting opposed-piston/opposed-cylinder engine.

Tags: Gasoline, Diesel Engines, Engines, EcoMotors International, Lund University

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Finding and Keeping Drivers With The One-Two Punch: Pay & Respect

One thing the experts agree on is if your company has an incentive rewards program, the rewards need to be given in a timely fashion. (Photo courtesy of A. Duie Pyle.)

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Celadon, Dupre Logistics, Landstar, HNI, Nussbaum Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Affordable Care Act, National Transportation Institute, Prosperio Group

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