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June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Disruptive Will Uber Freight be for Trucking?

Will Uber “disrupt” trucking the way it has the taxi world?

By Deborah Lockridge

Uber Freight, an app matching owner-operators and small fleets with loads to haul, launched with much fanfare recently. Yet the use of computer technology to match up freight with trucks that can haul it is hardly new. Three other freight-matching companies share their views on the market.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Changing Climate: Is There Still a Case for Greener Trucks?

UPS is among the companies that are committed to exploring alternative fuels and drivetrains. Photo: UPS

By John G. Smith

There is no mistaking a change in the underlying business climate when it comes to greener trucks. Diesel is relatively cheap, and a new administration in the White House wants to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But don't prepare to burn coal dust just yet.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, GHG Phase 2

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Ramona Hood of FedEx Supply Chain

Ramona Hood. Photo courtesy FedEx.

By Deborah Lockridge

The Women In Trucking Association honored Ramona Hood with its Influential Woman in Trucking award. In this interview with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, Hood emphasizes the importance of recruiting and mentoring a diverse talent pool in the industry.

Tags: Leadership, 3PL, Women in Trucking, FedEx, Q&A

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Behind the Wave of Trucking Mergers and Acquisitions

Lana Batts moderates a fleet panel discussion at a past Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting. Photo: TCA

By Evan Lockridge

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the number and size of trucking mergers and acquisitions like we have lately. HDT Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge spoke with Lana Batts at Transport Capital Partners to gain some perspective.

Tags: Transport Capital Partners, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading to Maximize Casing Value

Tread patterns are available for any type of operation from low rolling resistance drive tires to vocational tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Retreading extends the life of the most expensive part of the tire, which lowers cost per mile significantly. This is part five in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Retread, National Tire Safety Week

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

IdleAir Not Letting Lower Diesel Prices Stop Idle Reduction Growth

A partnership with Duke Energy is allowing a truck stop facility to be installed in Kenly, N.C. Photo courtesy Duke Energy.

By Deborah Lockridge

As temperatures heat up around the country, IdleAir is working to expand the number of fleets using its idle reduction technology to keep trucks cool and provide power for cab comforts. IdleAir CEO Ethan Garber tells HDT's Deborah Lockridge how the company is adapting to lower diesel prices.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

A bold grill and striking swept-back fenders give the new Volvo VNR tractor a bold, big-truck vibe with real-world aerodynamic and visibility benefits. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Regional Haul

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Should Know About Tire and Wheel Balancing

Balancing compounds such as Equal Flexx from IMI Products keep the tire balanced even as conditions change. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Balanced tires and wheels have been shown to save fuel, but balancing can also save tires -- and money. Part four in Jim Park's five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that's on top of chewing up tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Your tires will tell you if your vehicle is running straight and true. Don't wait 'till it's too late.

Tags: Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keep up the Pressure

Inflation pressure should be checked with a reliable gauge at least weekly, and every time a trailer comes out of a drop yard. Photo from Michelin.

By Jim Park

Under-inflation is the leading cause of blowouts while contributing to poor fuel economy and premature wear. This is the second in a special five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: TPMS, Tire Inflation, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, National Tire Safety Week, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

By Jim Park

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week, CVSA RoadCheck, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Titanium Transportation Keeps an End-To-End Eye on Trailers

Titanium Transportation has adopted the Blackberry Radar, an end-to-end asset management system that provides more benefits than simply tracking trailers on the move.

By Stephane Babcock

In an effort to boost efficiencies and increase equipment utilization in its growing fleet, Ontario-based Titanium Transportation decided to modernize the way it tracks its more than 1,200 trailers.

Tags: Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Big Data

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Drop Deck Decisions

A Mac Trailer aluminum drop deck’s transition area includes the 90-degree step (upper left) and a large curved “radius” beneath the upper and lower decks (center). The radius evenly distributes weight and stress between the two areas. Here, I-beam-like flanges add strength to the curved members. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Special cargos require specialized trailers, and one is the drop deck, whether made of steel, aluminum, or a combination of the two.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dropdeck Trailers

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's Ahead for Wide-Base Single Tires?

Wide-base single tires could start showing up on vocational trucks such as refuse haulers under GHG Phase 2. EPA likes the fuel efficiency, while operators like the weight savings. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Could the next round of greenhouse gas reduction rules push more fleets over to wide-base single tires? It seems likely, given not only their relatively low rolling resistance but weight savings as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, GHG Phase 2

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Behind the Scenes With a Non-OE Aftermarket Parts Maker

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

There is a debate about the difference between OEM and aftermarket replacement parts, with many people thinking aftermarket parts manufacturers can't provide the quality, availability, and warranty as OEMs. At least one aftermarket parts manufacturer thinks that is changing. Commentary by Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts and Service, OEMs

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Getting Ready for This Year's Roadcheck

Proper attention to load securement is important not only to pass roadside inspections, but even more importantly, to protect the safety of others on the highway. Photo:  Linda Stelter / The Birmingham News

By Deborah Lockridge

Cargo securement is a special focus of this year’s 72-hour inspection blitz. Do your drivers know how to avoid citations — and keep the cargo where it belongs?

Tags: Cargo Securement, Oversize Loads, International Roadcheck

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The only certain thing about the future is that some companies will figure out how to make money using emerging transportation technology. Will your fleet be one of them? Commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

Tags: Regulations, E-commerce, ELDs, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Chief Unfazed by NAFTA Talk

Photo: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, doesn’t seem concerned by talk about renegotiating NAFTA – even though its manufacturing footprint includes Mexico.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Daimler Trucks North America

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Unveils New Oregon Proving Grounds

Trucks under development, like this camouflaged rig, will be put through their paces at the new facility. Photos: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Daimler Trucks North America has officially opened its High Desert Proving Grounds, representing a $18.7-million investment that will put the company’s trucks through their paces – including connected, platooning and autonomous vehicles of the future.

Tags: New Facility, Vehicle Testing, Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Brakes up to Snuff?

Stability control and collision mitigation systems depend on a fully functioning brake system set to OEM specs. Photo: Meritor Wabco

By Jim Park

With all the advantages provided by today’s advanced safety systems, what a shame it would be if they couldn’t live up to their potential because of poorly maintained foundation brakes or inadequate friction material.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Technology, Brakes, Air Brakes

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Habits to Create a Culture of Safety

By Jonathan Hubbard

In order to effectively run a safe and profitable fleet, it is critical to create a culture of safety within your company. While this advice sounds simple, the implementation can be daunting and may sometimes seem nearly impossible.

Tags: SpeedGauge, Alcoa, Safety

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Vipar’s New Chief Chris Baer Talks Growth

Chris Baer Photo: Vipar

By Denise Rondini

We spoke with Vipar Heavy Duty's Chris Baer, who recently took over as head of the truck-parts marketing group, about the restructured organization and how it is now well-positioned for the future.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Vipar

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: No Free Lunch When It Comes to Parts

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

If you can’t determine that the part is of good quality, bypassing the low-price product is your only option. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Parts and Service, Counterfeit Parts

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

There's An App for That

By Jim Beach

There’s a vast array of applications that truckers and trucking companies can tap into to work more efficiently, profitably, and safely.

Tags: Routing, TMW Systems, Freight, Load Board, Mobile Apps, Trucker Path, Uber for Trucking

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why Innovation's More Important Than Ever

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Never have we seen so many potentially paradigm-changing developments coming at the industry so quickly, writes editor in chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company, Uber for Trucking

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Six Steps to Thwart Cargo Theft

By David Cullen

“Cargo theft hasn’t necessarily gotten worse lately, but there is more sophistication on the criminal side than 20 years ago when it was strictly a crime of opportunity,” says Eric Fuller, CEO of U.S. Xpress. But there is much motor carriers can do to help protect customers’ goods and their own assets and employees from heists.

Tags: Asset Management, Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime, Security

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Look Deeper Into GDP Numbers for Better Trucking Insight

Photo: istockphoto.com/rimeimages

By Evan Lockridge

GDP doesn't always tell the whole story of trucking's economic climate. That's why MacKay & Company developed its proprietary measure, Truckable Economic Activity, reflecting the portion of the GDP that spends its time in trucks.

Tags: Economy, MacKay and Co., GDP

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nikola Motor CEO Compares Truck Manufacturers to Kodak

Photo: Tom Berg

By Today's Trucking

Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton said that the Nikola One's hydrogen-powered electric motor could change the industry in the same way digital cameras changed photography.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inside U.S. Xpress' Award-Winning Leadership Development Programs

U.S. Xpress headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We may hear a lot about the driver shortage and even the technician shortage, but increasingly trucking is facing a shortage of talented leadership as well. U.S. Xpress has been taking steps to combat that. HDT's Deborah Lockridge talked to company leaders about their efforts.

Tags: Leadership, U.S. Xpress

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

New Refrigerants on the Way

Photos: Carrier Transicold

By Jim Park

Transport refrigeration units will soon be subject to tighter regulations on the use of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Refrigerant, Reefers

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

To Outset, or Not to Outset

The greater axle track width used with dual wheels would make that same axle too wide when equipped with wide-single tires. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets spec’ing wide single tires need to decide upfront whether to trade the vehicle as is or to spec axles and wheels for a later conversion to duals.

Tags: Spec'ing, Tires, Wide-Base Tires

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Volvo’s SuperTruck

Volvo’s SuperTruck uses advanced engine programming to reduce energy consumption and old-fashioned aerodynamics to reduce drag. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

What you can see of Volvo’s SuperTruck vehicle is pretty spectacular, though fairly plain at heart. It’s what you can’t see that stirs the imagination. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this first-person Test Drive.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, SuperTruck

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Is Your Fleet Ready for the New Food Transport Rules?

The regulation applies to shippers, receivers, loaders, and carriers involved in the transportation of human or animal food within the U.S. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Tom Bray

The deadline has passed to begin complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations on the safe transport of food. The regulations apply to vehicles, operations, driver training, and records. Is your fleet ready for the new rules?

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Safety, Regulations, Compliance

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Downspeeding Comes of Age

The game-changer in the development of downsped drivetrains was the automated manual transmission, which offered new opportunities for fine-tuning and controlling powertrains at cruise speeds. Photo: Cummins

By Jack Roberts

The question of how downspeeding is helping fleets save on fuel – and what's in store for the future – was the topic at a recent session at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Powertrain, Engines, Downspeeding

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Future of Tolling in America

Photos: PrePass

By Andrew Johnson

Regardless of what happens to improve infrastructure at the federal level, state and local governments are increasingly taking steps to improve roads and bridges through tolling.

Tags: Infrastructure, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding, Highways

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 3 Lessons Learned at TMC

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The spring meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council usually is a place where ideas flow freely and best practices are shared, and things were no different in Nashville this year.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, TMC

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Coolant Confusion Crisis

Coolants are the least understood fluid in a heavy duty truck engine today. But a little attention to them can avert serious problems for your fleet. Photos: Prestone

By Jack Roberts

Many fleet managers today have no idea what coolants are in their trucks — or even what coolants are supposed to be in them. Here’s how suppliers are working to correct that problem.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Prestone, Heavy Duty Coolants

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In-Cab Cameras Are Out of Sight, Always in Mind

Camera safety systems can now provide a host of information to fleets, including event-recording of daily driver performance. Photo: Netradyne

By Jack Roberts

They began as simple event recorders, but today’s in-cab camera systems are integrating with other systems to add power, depth and an unprecedented understanding to fleets.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, Bendix, Lytx, Digital Video Recorder, Safety, Netradyne

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Q&A: Denso's Joe Mejaly Talks Heavy-Duty Aftermarket

Joe Mejaly Photo: Denso

By Denise Rondini

Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president operations, sales, strategic planning, and marketing at Denso, defines what the company is and shares his thoughts on growing the company’s heavy-duty business, e-commerce, and the future

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Denso, Q&A

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Clean Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Are We There Yet?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How far away is truly clean hydrogen power? We're getting closer, thinks Contributing Executive Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel, Nikola Motor Company, Alternative Fuels

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Big and Small of Last Mile Delivery

Final-mile delivery, like this one by XPO Last Mile, requires not only getting the product there in a specific time window, but often can involve getting it into the customers’ home and even setting it up. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

E-commerce is driving a last-mile delivery boom, with everyone from startup drone makers to big less-than-truckload operations getting in on the business. Part four of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC: Aerodynamic Wheel Covers Work if You Cover Your Bases

Photo: RealWheels

By Robert Braswell, TMC Acting Executive Director

Last year, the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations set out to identify the potential promise and pitfalls associated with using aerodynamic wheel covers.

Tags: TMC, Aerodynamics, Wheel Covers

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driver is King at All-American MATS

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At this year's MATS, Made in America was still a big selling point for many trucking suppliers, writes editor in chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: Drivers, Events, MATS

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

Meet some of trucking’s best and brightest leaders.

By David Cullen

Please allow us to introduce you to four forward-thinkers who are helping lead the trucking industry to overcome challenges and grasp opportunities smartly and swiftly.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What, Me Worry About Higher Interest Rates?

By Evan Lockridge

What does last month's interest rate hike by the Fed mean to trucking? Evan Lockridge explores the question in his monthly HDT Econ Watch column.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Federal Reserve

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ping! 3 Things You Need to Know About ELDs and Fuel Taxes

Photo: ERoad

By Sandy Johnson, Contributor

A popular selling point for electronic logging devices is that you can use the electronic records for fuel tax reporting. But the record-keeping requirements for hours of service and for IFTA/IRP are vastly different. Here's what you need to know.

Tags: Fuel Tax, ELDs, IFTA

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

The styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

By Tom Berg

A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Weigh Station Bypass Saves Time for Car Hauler

Moore Transport has been successful recruiting drivers for its fast-growing fleet, but long waits at weigh stations were taking a toll on driver satisfaction. Photos: Courtesy Drivewyze

By Deborah Lockridge

One of the biggest challenges for Ohio-based Moore Transport, a fast-growing auto carrier, is getting experienced drivers. But wasted time pulling into weigh stations multiple times a day was wearing on driver satisfaction.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trends in Trailer Suspensions

Trailer suspensions are oft neglected, so a robust and durable spec is mandatory. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

While suspension producers are constantly upgrading and improving their products and adding new models, overall trends in suspension uptake by fleets remain fairly constant.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Suspensions

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

When Safety Comes From the Top

J&M operates 13 terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The fleet specializes in carrying industrial and food grade products, as well as liquid bulk goods. Photo: Bendix

By Deborah Lockridge

For J&M Tank Lines, safety technology is simply a tool in its quest to make sure drivers get home safely.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Fleet Safety Program

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