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August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Get Busted with 'Guilty' Incentive Based Wellness Programs

Photo via HNI.

By HNI

Getting in trouble with the law is pretty much the last thing on someone’s mind when starting a wellness program, right? But there are some legal issues to consider.

Tags: Driver Wellness, HNI, Driver Health

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bill Chamblee, Trucking Defense Attorney

By Deborah Lockridge

Earlier this year, attorney Bill Chamblee successfully defended FFE Transportation in a $3.5 million lawsuit after an accident between a company truck and a police car. We spoke with him about trends he's seeing in the realm of legal issues affecting motor carriers.

Tags: Accidents, Litigation

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park

The factors driving tire design for medium-duty trucks has changed. Today, tire makers must balance fuel efficiency and bulletproof durability to stand up to a harsh P&D environment.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

On-And-Off Engine Patterns Can Be Hard on Oil

The engine off/engine on pattern of city deliveries can be hard on the oil. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Fleets that do city deliveries are increasingly turning vehicles off during deliveries rather than letting them idle. While this saves fuel and cuts emissions, and in many cases conforms with local regulations, Chevron warns that it could be affecting your engine oil.

Tags: Chevron, Engine Oil

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Truck Drivers

Photo courtesy Haldex

By By HNI

We don't have to tell you how important driver recruiting is to the success of your company — hiring truck drivers is priority No. 1 for nearly every transportation company. HNI shares some "don'ts" to keep in mind when recruiting drivers.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, HNI

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Direct Drive or Overdrive?

By Eaton

The long-running debate over which type of transmission — direct drive or overdrive — provides the greatest efficiency is one that’s not easily settled and not likely to go away.

Tags: Eaton, Spec'ing, Fuel Economy, Transmissions

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk

The brand-new Peterbilt Model 579 loaned to us by TransX Ltd. had less than 40 miles on the clock. The SmartAdvantage powertrain makes it a very nice place to work.  Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Test Drive, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Lightweighting the Way

By Rolf Lockwood

Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.

Tags: Aluminum, Lightweighting

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Hours of Service Insanity

By Deborah Lockridge

Combine a truck crash, a celebrity, and an election year, and what do you get? An HOS rules feeding frenzy on Capitol Hill and in the media.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, U.S. Senate, Walmart

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Tools for Finding the Best Qualified Drivers

By Bob Rose, J.J. Keller & Associates

Few things will impact your overall recruiting, driver qualification, and safety results more than the quality of new drivers you bring into the organization.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, Hiring

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Things Drivers Need to Do at the Scene of an Accident

Don Jerrell with HNI talks about the importance of being prepared for accidents.

By Deborah Lockridge

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Fleets should prepare for and practice what to do in the event of a serious accident just like they do for fire drills – from top management to dispatchers to drivers, said Don Jerrell, a safety expert at HNI Risk Services, to attendees of the Fleet Safety Conference Tuesday.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Training, Fleet Safety Conference

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Benefits of Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Explained

By Jim Park

There's little doubt left that tires formulated for lower rolling resistance work as advertised, but it's still tough to give up at few thousandths of an inch of tread. After all, tire miles are important, too. How much of a difference does the reduction in rolling resistance make?

Tags: Goodyear, Fuel Economy, Bridgestone, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do You Know Where the Fuel From Your Yard's Fuel Tank is Going?

By Glen Sokolis

A bulk fuel tank in your own yard could be the most cost-effective fleet fueling option -- assuming your tank doesn't "leak."

Tags: Fuel Management, Sokolis Group

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2014 Trailer Update

By Denise Rondini

A sampling of the products trailer manufacturers have newly developed and made modifications to, as well as recently announced partnerships and expanded production capabilities.

Tags: Trailers, Refrigerated Truck, Reefers

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Story Behind Peterbilt’s Anniversary Truck

By Tom Berg

After finding the "old Pete" in an Arizona desert in the mid-1990s, restorer Bob Dean decided to give this classic 1939 Peterbilt a new life just in time for the company's 75th anniversary.

Tags: Peterbilt, Restoration, Anniversary

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Tips to Keep Your Battery Running in the Summer Heat

Photo: Jim Park

By By Phil Shumard and Maria Orlando-Krick, EnerSys

While warmer temperatures help to increase battery capacity, making it easier to turn over the engine, they also cause an increase in the rate at which the battery deteriorates. When the temperature is warmer, the current conducting grids corrode faster, reducing the life of your battery.

Tags: Batteries, EnerSys, Electrical System

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

5 Keys to Best Parts-Buying Practices

By Denise Rondini

Trucks are on the road much longer than they used to be, and that translates into a greater demand and investment in parts, service, and ongoing maintenance. Which means parts purchasing decisions more important than ever.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts Inventory, Parts, Parts Management

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Viscosity: How Low Can You Go?

Chevron conducted a live teardown of a Detroit DD15 engine, with more than 400,000 miles of service using Delo 400 XLE 10W-30, during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

To meet expected greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency standards, oil companies and engine makers have been busy developing a new standard for engine oils that will provide a new type of lower-viscosity oil to improve engine efficiency.

Tags: Oil, Low-Viscosity Oil, Shell, Detroit Diesel, CITGO Lubricants, Chevron, API, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Daimler, Fuel Economy

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brake Trends: Drums vs. Discs

By Tom Berg

While drum brakes have been enlarged and strengthened to meet stricter federal stopping distance requirements and are currently used on 90% of heavy trucks, discs are gaining in popularity.

Tags: Brakes, Air Brakes

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Has the U.S. SmartWay Program Helped Retreading?

By Jim Park

With regulations affecting how fleets fit their wheels, the retreading industry is still deciding whether or not the inclusion of verified low-rolling-resistance tires on the EPA's SmartWay list has helped the industry.

Tags: Retreads, Tires, EPA SmartWay, California

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Nitrogen Tire Inflation: Still in the Game?

Nitrogen inflation is used in many specialty applications, but its ROI in heavy trucks is less clear. Photo by Dmirty A. Mottl, via Creative Commons.

By Jim Park

We don't hear much these days about nitrogen tire inflation systems for heavy trucks. They are still out there, and some users are reporting good results from their installations. Still, the ROI is hard to quantify. Using nitrogen won't hurt your tires, but there might be better ways to spend your tire maintenance dollars.

Tags: Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Continental Tires, Tires, Tire Inflation

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Environmental Defense Fund's Jason Mathers

By Deborah Lockridge

Environmental groups working hand in hand with trucking? "One of the key priorities for our organization over the coming years is to advance strong fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards in the heavy-duty truck space," says Jason Mathers with the Environmental Defense Fund. But he says he wants to do it in a way that makes sense for trucking businesses.

Tags: GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Environmental Defense Fund, NACFE, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Efficiency, Regulations

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retread Your Way to Prosperity

By Jim Park

Despite success stories reported by successful fleets, some misconceptions about retreads still exist. These myths are often based on bad, and sometimes severely outdated, information.

Tags: Tires, Ryder System, Retreads, Goodyear, TRIB, Bridgestone

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delving Into the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck: Part 1

By Jim Park

By the time the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck made its public debut in February boasting 10.7 mpg, some contemporary trucks were achieving better than 8 mpg, and some super-fuel-conscious fleets boast even higher. While that may make the SuperTruck accomplishment seem slightly diminished, that 10.7-mpg milestone is only a small part of the story.

Tags: Cummins, MPG, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Superior Bulk Logistics Saved Hundreds of Thousands on Warranty Costs

Superior now can track which makes of truck and which specs cost the most in maintenance.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Superior Bulk Logistics implemented the warranty management function of its fleet maintenance software, it was expecting to save $500,000 in the first year. By May, it was already more than halfway there.

Tags: Warranty, Information Technology, Managing the Shop

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck, Part 2: More Secrets Revealed

Cummins ISX15 with waste heat recovery from the front-right side

By Jim Park

The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck project achieved almost-unheard-of gains of 68% in freight efficiency over a 24-hour duty-cycle, a 50% improvement in freight efficiency on an 11-hour drive-cycle and a 20% improvement in the thermal efficiency of the engine. How did they do it, and what does that mean?

Tags: Cummins, SmartWay, Peterbilt, EPA, U.S. Department of Energy, SuperTruck, Engines, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Taking the Volvo VNX Heavy-Haul Tractor Out for a Spin

By Tom Berg

Combine the frame from the vocational VHD with the comfort of the VN highway tractor and you have something strong for long hauls.

Tags: Test Drive, Mid-America Trucking Show, Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Heavy Haul

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Carrier Streamlines Communication by Equipping Drivers with Tablets

By Jim Beach

Drivers at Land Air Express of New England keep in touch with home base and handle all the necessary paperwork through the use of tablets.

Tags: Information Technology, Tablets, Smartphones, Land Air Express

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 Fleets, 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

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