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January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reman’s Place in Your Parts Strategy

Used compressors are disassembled and inspected at the Bendix remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Ind.

By Denise Rondini

While remanufactured components have been around for quite some time, not every one is clear on exactly what they are. Yet they could be a valuable component of your parts strategy.

Tags: Eaton, Volvo Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Remanufactured Parts, TMD Friction

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Seasonal Preventive Maintenance for Fifth Wheels

By SAF-Holland

Routine periodic maintenance and lubrication are a necessary part of your fifth wheel’s service life.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland, Preventive Maintenance

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What's this Cold Weather Doing to Your Tire Pressure? (updated)

Big changes in ambient temperature will affect tire inflation pressure. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Here's one more reason to fear the dreaded Arctic Vortex: It plays havoc with tire pressure. If you're based in North Dakota and your trucks never travel too far south or west, there's hardly anything to worry about. San Diego-based fleets running up into the Midwest and the Dakotas or vice versa could have a problem.

Tags: TPMS, ATIS, Tires

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Pintle Hook Inspection Procedures

By SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland shares some tips for inspecting a rigid-mount, air cushioned pintle hook, primarily used for double and triple trailer configurations using converter dollies, as well as straight trucks such as dumps that pull rigid tongue equipment trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Pintle hook

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Maintaining Antifreeze/Coolant Will Help You Survive Extreme Winter Cold

Improper maintenance of a heavy duty coolant system can create cavitation pitting. If engine metals lack proper protection, the damage can affect the entire coolant system and engine operation.

By Colin Dilley, Prestone Technology Center

The wrath of winter’s impact on heavy-duty diesel engines across North America has been thoroughly tested so far this year. For many of those stranded during the winter cold snap, it was decisions made about what to do (or what not to do) with their antifreeze/coolant systems that may have sealed their fate.

Tags: Maintenance, Prestone, COOLANT, Antifreeze, Cooling Systems

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Does More Fuel Data Make You Smarter?

Fuel card vendors now provide more data than ever about fueling transactions. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

By Howard Abrams, Sokolis Group

Although technology has enabled us to collect so much data now, does having vast amounts of it really make us any smarter? Negotiating fuel-discount programs won't do you much good unless you know how to make sense of the fueling data.

Tags: fuel cards, Information Technology, Diesel Prices, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Big Data

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mismatching Dual Tires: A Sure-Fire Way to Kill Two Tires at Once

Mismatched tire sizes means the shorter tire is chasing the taller tire down the road, and scrubbing away value with every mile.

By Jim Park

As tire costs continue to rise, it will become harder to ignore even seemly insignificant problems, like mounting two tires of different diameter in the same dual assembly. Lack of attention can strip thousands of miles from even scabby old trailer tires, and increase the risk of a mission-crippling blowout.

Tags: IPA, Link Manufacturing, Tires, Hendrickson, Innovative Products of America, Tire Inflation

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Save Fuel, Increase Profit, Save the Planet

By Tom Berg

Is this a case of win-win? Do the new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions help both the environment and truck operators’ bottom lines? So it seems.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Eaton, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, SCR, EPA, Mack, GHG emissions, API, GHG14

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Henry Filoteo began buying new trucks to eliminate breakdowns.

By Tom Berg

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Once Around the Yard

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Tags: ATA, GHG, TMC, EPA, Clean Air Act, GHG emissions, NHTSA

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Rep. Earl Blumenauer on His Bill to Raise the Fuel Tax

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

By Oliver Patton

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced a bill that would raise federal fuel taxes and index them to the cost of living to pay for more investment in roads and bridges. The bill would repeal the taxes by 2025 in anticipation of replacing them with a vehicle-mile tax.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, VMT, Infrastructure Funding, Legislation

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Deborah Lockridge

As the year drew to a close, we looked back on the last 12 months, identifying the high points and low points, our challenges and triumphs, and hopefully, what we learned.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Healthcare Costs

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bill Kozek on His First Six Months-Plus at Navistar

By Deborah Lockridge

In May, Navistar International Corp. named Bill Kozek, a 26-year veteran of Paccar, as president of Navistar's North America Truck and Parts business. He succeeded Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer. Kozek spoke with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge shortly after the company announced disappointing fourth-quarter earnings. Here's the Q&A.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, Engines, Emissions

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why I Changed My Mind About Cell Phone Bans

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing

I hate rules, but there’s one I like, namely the ban on cell-phone use while driving. It’s a long way from universal state to state, but New York has just gotten very tough indeed on truck-driver use of cellular tools, and that’s fine by me.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, HOS

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567 - Driver’s Delight

Built for shows, this Model 567 also goes, powerfully and smoothly. Bumper-to-back of cab length is 121 inches; a 115-inch BBC is also available. Set-back steer axle and single pusher axle suggests it’s built for an axle-weight state.

By Tom Berg

Does a bigger cab merit a larger model number for a truck? It does with Peterbilt’s 567, the builder’s latest vocational truck, which will eventually replace the current 367.

Tags: PACCAR, Peterbilt, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

This LED lamp’s lens spreads light across 180 degrees of view, and its four diodes ensure sufficient candlepower throughout that wide angle to meet or exceed the federal regulations. The lamp is therefore “PC rated,” with the C meaning Combination clearance and sidemarker, and it can be mounted on the trailer’s side, though within 6 inches of its nose. (P, for Parking, is from an old industry classification that has been retained.)

By Tom Berg

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

Tags: FMCSA, Trailers, LED Lighting, NHTSA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Going Mobile: The BYOD Debate

Verizon was named the official wireless provider for the XRS collaboration with Samsung Mobile to offer a new product that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet and a subscription to XRS’s fleet management software.

By Jim Beach

Mobile computing is quickly becoming the platform of choice. Tablets and smartphones are far outselling laptop or desktop computers in the consumer market, and a growing number of trucking operations are deploying these devices.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, J.J. Keller, Telogis, PeopleNet, NexTraq, TMW Systems, XRS, Carrier Logistics, Omnitracs, Samsung

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lifting Up Your Shop

There’s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to shop lifts. This Skylift from Stertil-Koni is a heavy-duty platform lift that provides a clear floor concept for the user.

By Denise Rondini

Whether you have lifts in your shop or not, there are some factors to consider before purchasing a lift or when determining whether the lift you have is right for your needs.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Aftermarket, Managing the Shop

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Ever-Pressing Need for Young Drivers and Technicians

Image Source: 5starcdltraining.com

By Jane Clark

There is one overriding issue that all fleet owners and managers face…recruiting new talent.

Tags: Recruiting, NationaLease

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Do Your Drivers Measure Up?

Photo by Jim Park

By Joe Gallick, NationaLease

The face of your company that customers (and often, their customers) see most is not that of the CEO, CFO, or even the fleet manager. It’s that of your driver. Who has a major impact on your company’s bottom line when it comes to fuel consumption efficiency, non-scheduled maintenance, and accident avoidance? Again, it’s your driver. So having the right metrics to evaluate driver performance is absolutely essential to the success of your business. But what are those “right metrics?”

Tags: Drivers, CSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Fleets Find Benefits in Factory-Installed Inverters

By Truckinginfo Staff

In Joe Egan’s office, a framed picture shows a long-haul tractor, or more precisely, its charred remains. “It’s not one of our trucks, but it illustrates what can happen when an electrical fire is caused by a bad inverter installation,” he says. “It gives a visual reminder to any driver who comes into my office what can happen if an inverter isn’t installed correctly.”

Tags: Drivers, Inverter

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

(Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Nobody balances trailer wheels, but oddly, they are the wheels on a truck most likely in need of balancing. With a few ounces of balancing material, those tires might easily run tens of thousands more miles before final removal.

Tags: Trailers, Tires

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Tabs With Fuel Cards

Analyzing fuel card andtelematics/GPS data offers fleets increased visibility of fuel purchase transactions.

By Jim Beach

Fleets don’t always have a clear picture of what’s happening with their fuel purchasing plans. That’s become quite clear in the recent Pilot Flying J scandal, where the truckstop chain allegedly bilked customers out of fuel rebates.

Tags: Comdata, fuel cards, Information Technology, People, Sokolis Group

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Western Star:The flagship from Western Star, a Daimler Trucks brand, is the 4900 with 132-inch cab and hood and long sleeper that’s built for the highway but looks good in town. It and the shorter 4800 are also equipped for vocational work with forward and setback steer axles or twin-steer configurations. Just announced is a 4800SB 8x8 whose setback, driving steer axle is paired with Meritor tri-drive rear axles.

By Tom Berg

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Cummins, International, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Caterpillar, Mack

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

By Jim Beach

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Information Technology, Telogis, vehicle to vehicle communication, ITS, Drivewyze, vehicle to infrastructure communication, Omnitracs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Purchasing Parts Online Right For You?

Not many dealership or parts distributors are selling online. One exception is Allstate Peterbilt Group.

By Denise Rondini

The Internet is opening avenues for parts purchases that never existed before. But does it make sense for you to consider adding online parts purchasing to your parts buying strategy?

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Information Technology

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bond Fallout Could Mean One-Third Fewer Brokers in 2014

By Michele Greene, DAT

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of 8,180 brokers since Dec. 2, the date the federal agency began revoking authority from brokers without a $75,000 bond.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Brokers, DAT Transcore, FMCSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Time to Grease, Inspect Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland Advises

Important seasonal PM for a Holland FW35 fifth wheel.

By TruckingInfo staff

Winter temps can freeze all kinds of mechanical apparatus, including tractor fifth wheels. So it’s a good time to clean, inspect and grease these important appliances, but not the only time.

Tags: Maintenance, Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Controlling Business Costs, Part 3: Healthcare

By Kate Harlow and Deborah Lockridge

Healthier employees also can help control the employer portion of healthcare costs. Since hiring only 100% healthy employees isn't a feasible option, many companies are looking at the benefits of an onsite medical care facility to help improve the health of their employees.

Tags: Insurance, Driver Health, Business, Healthcare Costs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Controlling Business Costs, Part 2: Worker's Comp

By Kate Harlow

One of the best ways to lower your worker's comp costs is by reducing the number of incidents. Being proactive about safety is a fleet's best defense against worker's comp claims.

Tags: Workers' Compensation, Business

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

Freightliner’s Revolution concept truck took some fairly radical approaches to designing a better truck for a regional or hub-and-spoke trucking operation.

By Deborah Lockridge

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

Tags: Volvo, Isuzu, Kenworth, Ryder, ATA, Mitsubishi, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, GHG, TMC, EPA, Fuel Economy, Zonar, APU, Drivewyze, Daimler, Idle Reduction, eNow, Maverick Transportation, SuperTruck, Automated Transmissions, Future Trucks

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Adopting Tire Inflation Systems

ATIS and TPMS do more than prevent good tires from coming apart. ROI also includes improved fuel economy, longer tread life and higher casing value.

By Jim Park

Why are adoption rates for proven fuel-saving technologies so low? It looks like a classic case of stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime. Maybe “a lack of credible information on payback” means, “we don’t know how much this device will save us so we’re not going to buy it.”

Tags: Meritor, Wheels, PSI, ATIS, NACFE, Advantage PressurePro, Cascade Sierra Solutions, TPMS, Tires

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Controlling Business Costs, Part 1: Vehicle Insurance

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to trimming the fat out of a fleet's budget, the largest focus tends to be on the largest costs on the balance sheet: fuel, equipment and drivers. But these are not the only areas where dollars can be saved. This web-only series offers tips for savings in insurance, worker's comp and healthcare costs.

Tags: Insurance

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

4 Trends in Liquid Tank Trailers

Wabash National’s The Walker Group says that there is a move to make liquid tank trailers lighter and more fuel-efficient.

By Kate Harlow

From federal regulations to spec’ing a new liquid tank trailer, there are many specific concerns for the liquid bulk tank truck industry.

Tags: Trailers, Wabash, NTTC, Liquid Tank Trailers

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hiring Veterans

Soldiers from the Army’s Fort Drum, N.Y., as well as Guard and Reserve troops, learn how to operate manual transmissions and other skills specific to civilian truck driving at the National Tractor Trailer School. Rick Catlin (in the white shirt) is a master instructor at the school.

By Tom Berg

“Veterans make excellent employees,” says Boyd Stephenson, who heads the American Trucking Associations’ driver licensing efforts. “They’re conscientious, they’re focused, they’re responsible; they’re everything you could want in an employee.”

Tags: Veterans, Schneider, Hiring Veterans, Ryder, ATA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are We Sacrificing Traction for Fuel Economy?

In most cases the traction losses are practically non-existent between traditional and fuel efficient tires.

By Jim Park

As more fleets embrace their fuel savings potential, a large portion of the driver population remains uneasy about low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires -- especially in winter. Has the quest for fuel efficiency pushed traction and safety into the back seat?

Tags: Winter Driving, Tires

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Cool that’s Also Clean: Fuel Cells for Refrigerated Trucks

By David Beaudry, AmeriQuest Transportation Services

The clean way to stay cool will come from the use of fuel cells which will replace the current small diesel engine used to keep refrigerated cargo at the right temperatures.

Tags: Fuel Cell, AmeriQuest, Reefers

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Expect Big Impact on Workers Comp from Obesity Classification

Fluffy's only claim has been for more to eat.

By Jodi Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

The reclassification this summer by the American Medical Association of obesity as “a disease state” effectively declared that one-third of all Americans has a medical condition requiring treatment. The obesity classification will have a tremendous impact on health insurers and workers compensation insurers alike.

Tags: Drivers, Workers' Compensation, Driver Health

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Dec. 1 OSHA Training Deadline Looms

By Truckinginfo Staff

OSHA wants you to train your workers in Hazard Communication, and wants you to do it by Dec. 1 of this year. The trick? It’s a totally new curriculum. Hazard Communication — more commonly known as the “Right to Know” rule about hazardous chemicals in the workplace — is the most frequently cited rule in OSHA.

Tags: Hazmat, Drivers, Driver Training, Instructional Technologies, OSHA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The $75K Freight Broker Bond Increase in a Nutshell

By Svetlana Guineva, Bryant Surety Bonds

Freight brokers, like trucking companies, have traditionally represented the American spirit of independence and entrepreneurship. Some people, however, fear that the changes brought about by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which recently took effect, are about to change this.

Tags: MAP-21, Brokers

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Why Balancing is Important

By Jim Park

If you look at balancing from a life-cycle point of view, the value of extending tread life speaks for itself. There’s also casing integrity to consider, retreadability, and to a growing degree, and disposal costs. Yet reliable estimates suggest only about 20% of heavy-duty truck tires are ever balanced.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Landing Gear Lubrication Procedures

By SAF-Holland

Periodically adding grease to your landing gear should be part of your preventive maintenance program and should be done every six months or more often, if required.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Landing Gear

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

Green strategies vary greatly depending on the operation. For one company, natural gas might make sense. For another, green might mean solar-powered warehouses. For others, it’s all about fuel-efficient specs and driver training.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Fuel Economy, MPG, Aerodynamics

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CDL/Med Card Merger: The Deadline is Near

By Jill Schultz, J.J. Keller

An important deadline is just around the corner for CDL drivers and their motor carriers. As of Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must have supplied information about the type of driving they do (self-certify) and the status of their medical certificate/card to their state driver’s licensing agency.

Tags: CDL, J.J. Keller, Med Card, Drivers, Compliance

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting the Lead Out of Tire Weights

True rotation of a several-hundred-pound mass and high speeds requires balancing, not just of the tire, but the entire rotating mass, including the hub, brake drum, wheel and tire.

By Jim Park

Beware the lead tire weight cops. They are out there and working in six states, with several more states looking at banning lead weights. Here's a look at the alternatives to lead in weights -- and alternatives to weights themselves.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: How Smart is SmartWay?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Can we depend on the fuel-saving numbers provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program? Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood says he's not so sure, in the aftermath of a recent test results story.

Tags: CARB, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aero Add-ons Put to the Test

Not all aero fitments produce the same results. SAE Type II test results from Performance Innovation Transport Group sheds some light on the differences.

By Jim Park

The Performance Innovation Transport Group recently tested trailer side skirts and undercarriage air deflectors.

Tags: SAE, Aerodynamics, PIT

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Fifth Wheel Coupling and Uncoupling Procedures

By SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland shares some tips for coupling and uncoupling your fifth wheel.

Tags: SAF-Holland, Coupling

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

Photo by Keith via Flickr

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

Tags: Accidents, driver safety, Driver Training, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, HNI

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Choices, New Excitement For Cargo Vans

Dodge Ram: Just going to market following production start-up in Mexico is the Ram ProMaster, a front-wheel-drive unibody design based on the proven European Fiat Ducato. FWD allows a low floor height with good traction and consistent driving characteristics, Ram says. Cab-chassis models and panel vans are available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 series with varying roof heights and wheelbases.

By Tom Berg

‘May you live in interesting times” is usually taken as a wry Chinese curse. But for cargo vans and the people who run them, an interesting era is here and it should be a blessing. New European-based products are being sent to the marketplace, and they’ll offer new efficiencies and choices in a segment that has languished design-wise since the first of that breed.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford Transit Connect, Utilimaster, Ram ProMaster, XL Hybrids, Nissan NV200

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