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September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Managing the Shop

Aftermarket Editor, Denise L. Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Does the system come before the leadership? Or do you need the leadership and then the system?

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket, Managing the Shop

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Fuel Smarts: Opposed-Piston Diesels About Five Years Away

An OP can be configured and packaged to fit the vehicle it’s intended for. For trucks, the cylinders are likely to be vertical or slanted. Photo: Achates Power

By Tom Berg

Truck users can look forward to 30% better fuel economy at 10% lower production cost, says Achates Power

Tags: Diesel, technology, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Alt Fuel Aftermarket Options: Propane Autogas Proves Affordable, Environmentally Friendly

Photo via PERC.

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor from the Propane Education and Research Council answers some common questions about converting a fleet to propane and outlines the benefits of switching to a more environmentally friendly option.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Propane Conversion

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kwik Trip's Joel Hirschboeck

Photo via Kwik Trip

By Steven Martinez

Joel Hirschboeck, the superintendent of commercial and alternative fuels at fueling station chain Kwik Trip, will speak at this year’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo on the fueling station's experience with CNG.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Kwik Trip

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Discussing DME with Oberon Fuels Co-Founder Elliot Hicks

Graphic via Oberon.

By Steven Martinez

At this year’s Green Fleet Conference Elliot Hicks of Oberon Fuels will be part of a panel called Looking Ahead: Emerging Alternative Fuels & Powertrains where he will discuss DME as a sustainable, clean and efficient alternative to diesel.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Safety & Compliance: Using a Simulator in Your Safety Program

Photo: DriveWise

By Deborah Lockridge

Although driving simulators have been around for a long time, the current technology is more sophisticated, takes up less space and more affordable.

Tags: Training Simulator, Virtual Driver Interactive, DriveWise, Virage Simulation, Driver Training

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Evaluate Performance of Improved Tire Designs

By Pressure Systems International

Tire companies continue to make improvements to existing products on an ongoing basis. New materials in combination with new and improved design construction may significantly help tire performance.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Tire Inflation

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer

The front-facing barrel and chute on this Oshkosh S-Series allow the driver to place the concrete right where the crew wants it, and front-driving axle helps get it through sand and mud. Here the chute is stowed for travel, with its extensions flipped up.

By Tom Berg

Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Oshkosh, Test Drive, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Vocational, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of A Driver Simulator Program

Deciding what you want to get out of a simulator program is the first step. Photo: Virage Simulation

By Deborah Lockridge

Driving simulators today are more sophisticated, take up less space and are more affordable. How do you make sure you're choosing the right one for your company and getting the most you can out of it?

Tags: Driver Training, Training Simulator

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Peterbilt Model 220

Peterbilt’s Model 220 features the PX-7 engine, Allison automatic transmission and all the visibility a driver could hope for.

By Jim Park

Peterbilt's new Class 6/7 COE is ideally suited for city P&D as well as landscaping applications.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, COE, Quick Spin, Test Drive, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gas-to-Liquids Technology Makes Fuel, Oil From Natural Gas

Shell’s gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is the largest in the world. Photo: Shell

By Deborah Lockridge

A a giant facility in Qatar, Shell is turning natural gas into products normally produced from crude oil — fuel, base oils, paraffin, kerosene, etc.

Tags: Shell, Gas-to-Liquid, GTL

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: David Wangler, President, TMW Systems

TMW Systems President, David Wangler

By Jim Beach

In a time of rapid industry change, what trends are driving fleet technology needs and use? TMW Systems President David Wangler talks to HDT about these trends in this Q&A.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Industry Trends

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Vocational Sales Climb as Construction, Energy Grow

By Tom Berg

Demand for vocational trucks and trailers continues to be pushed by oil and gas producers, road building and municipal business, according to truck manufacturers and researchers. Revivals in housing and commercial construction are also factors as vocational Class 8 retail truck sales are up 9.2% through July compared to last year, and should be up by 16.4% for all of 2014.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, Vocational

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DME: Companies Testing 'Alternate’ Alternative Fuel

Photo: Volvo Trucks

By Stephane Babcock

Volvo Trucks is testing dimethyl ether in a pair of Volvo VNL 300 trucks with D13 DME engines with partners Oberon Fuels and Martin Energy Services.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, DME, Oberon Fuels, dimethyl ether

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: There’s More Than One Path to Sustainability and Savings

By HDT Staff

Whether you’re looking to improve the environment, tap into demand for “greener” transportation options, or save money on fuel, there are many possible routes to take when it comes to alternative fuels.

Tags: Natural Gas, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Hybrid Trucks, Gas-to-Liquid

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Emerging Technologies Enlarging Playing Field for Biofuel

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a way to transform a mixture of algae and water into a form of crude oil in less than an hour. Photo: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

By Stephane Babcock

The face of biofuels is changing, and more than one company is responsible.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, Biofuels, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane Remains Popular Alternative Fuel in the U.S.

UPS made headlines earlier this year when it announced a $70 million investment in propane-powered delivery trucks. Photo: UPS

By Tom Berg

The country’s third most popular vehicle fuel powers everything from gas grills to medium-duty trucks.

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Companies Moving Forward with Hybrid Truck Technologies

Coca-Cola purchased 100 gasoline-electric hybrid Chevrolet Express delivery vans that were converted using the XL Hybrids powertrain. Photo:XL Hybrids

By Deborah Lockridge and Jim Park

A pioneering supplier has exited the market, but up-and-coming companies aim to fill the gap for light-, medium- and even heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Hino, Eaton, BAE, XL Hybrids, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Odyne Systems, Crosspoint

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Technology Improvements Changing Attitudes

CNG distributors often rely on a large "anchor" fleet to build start-up volumes in an area. Other business soon follows, once fuel availability is established.

By Jim Park

While adoption is slower than expected, technology improvements are changing some traditional assumptions of compressed and liquified natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Workers’ Comp Tools Every Trucking Company Should be Using

Photo via user Veronica 538/ Wikipedia Commons.

By Corey Lile

Using the right tools can prevent a vast majority of workers’ comp legal nightmares. By using four strategic tools at the disposal of every trucking company, you can eliminate most major legal issues associated with workers’ comp claims.

Tags: Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Safety & Compliance

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What’s Going on with my Brakes?

Front-axle brakes designed to meet reduced stopping distance rules may not run hot enough under normal driving conditions.

By Jim Park

When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

Tags: Brakes, Regulations, Maintenance

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

24 Crucial Things to Know About Running Natural Gas Trucks

By Today's Trucking

At a natural gas vehicle conference, Bison's VP, Western Operations Trevor Fridfinnson and Robert Transport's Engineering Manager, Yves Maurais, shared— quite openly — their challenges with implementing natural gas tractors into their respective operations.

Tags: Canada, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller

Out-of-adjustment brakes and other brake system violations make up almost half of the out-of-service roadside inspection violations on commercial vehicles.

Tags: Inspections, Brake Safety Week, Brakes, CVSA

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Explaining the Internet of [Trucking] Things

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in this web of smart devices, sensors and data, such as the recently announced partnership between Volvo and Telogis. Photo courtesy of Telogis.

By Jim Beach

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in the web of smart devices, sensors and data.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, OEMs, Internet, Telematics, Volvo, Telogis, PeopleNet, Omnitracs

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Safety and Compliance — Everyone’s Problem

By Deborah Lockridge

From drivers to dispatchers to upper management, safety and compliance is everyone's responsibility, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August Editorial.

Tags: Driver Safety, FMSCA, Safety, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Attorneys: Don't Restructure Yet Based on Graves Amendment Case

By Rob Moseley & Kristen Nowacki

Although a recent court decision appears to strike a blow to fleet corporate structures where a separate company owns the equipment and leases it to the motor carrier or driver/owner-operators, one trucking-specialist attorney's firm says don't start restructuring just yet.

Tags: Leasing, Graves Amendment, Litigation

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Green Fleet Conference Speaker Mark Smith

Mark Smith

By Becky May

Mark Smith, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program’s vehicles technologies deployment manager, will be kick starting the 2014 Green Fleet Conference as its opening keynote speaker. We talked to him about he program, fleet challenges and more.

Tags: Clean Cities, Green Fleet Conference, DOE, Alternative Fuels

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Allison’s TC10 Automatic Transmission

By Tom Berg

This 10-speed brings continuous power to a crowded field of smooth self-shifters.

Tags: Allison Transmission, Test Drive, Navistar, Transmissions

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Tires Affect Fuel Economy Testing

Apples to oranges. Accurate fuel economy test results can only be obtained using idendical trucks, including the tires.

By Jim Park

When setting out to evaluate a fuel-saving product, you don't want your numbers skewed by differences in rolling resistance from the tires. With some fuel-saving devices promising only marginal gains, the tires' contribution to the fuel consumption can adversely affect the apparent performance of the product. Here's what to watch for when setting up an evaluation or testing program.

Tags: Fuel Economy, SAE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

New Truck? Or New World?

By Rolf Lockwood

What two driverless trucks can tell us about the future of transportation and society at large.

Tags: technology, Driverless Vehicle, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Driving A SuperTruck

By Jim Park

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Logs Mandate: Outrage & Applause

By Oliver Patton

The electronic logging device mandate has sparked a variety of responses with some questioning and others embracing the change.

Tags: Hours of Service, FMSCA, ELDs, E-logs

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry

By Staff

There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.

Tags: Emissions, Drivers, Equipment, Statistics, Parts, industry statistics, Fuel and Oil

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency

Alternative fuels such as propane are part of UPS' green strategy. Photo courtesy UPS.

By Peter Carter, Today's Trucking

You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.

Tags: UPS, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweighting

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

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