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January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

Tags: Topics & Trends, CSA, FMCSA, Compliance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Owners Cite Woes with Engines, Dealers; Volvo Lists Some Remedies

J.D. Marshall, dayshift shop foreman at Nacarato Volvo Trucks in LaVergne, Tenn., demonstrates how the Volvo Assist system ties together all pertinent data on a truck to aid in quick diagnosis and servicing.

By Tom Berg

CORRECTED -- Volvo Trucks executives knew full well what a group of its customers would say about experiences with modern engines, but invited them to speak to press reporters anyway. Then the Volvo people explained what they're doing to alleviate service problems that customers have also experienced

Tags: Engine Smarts, Volvo, Dealers, Engines, Diagnostics

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Industries Releases Battery Status Indicator

Phillips Industries has introduced the next generation of their V-Check battery status indictor, a simple device that gives an immediate signal of available battery power.

Tags: Batteries

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

Tags: Issues, CSA, Aftermarket, Compliance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP Introduces Remanufactured Brake Program

TRP has introduced an aftermarket brake program that offers brake linings for both 20,000- and 23,000-pound applications, helping operators comply with the newest truck, trailer and bus requirements

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Garmin Expands Telematics API Platform and Includes the Fleet 590

Garmin International Inc. announced the expansion of their Telematics API platform and the integration of the fleet 590, the company's first portable and connected fleet management GPS that combines the necessities of fleet management with the simplicity of Garmin navigation.

Tags: GPS, Garmin

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Brings Back Dayton Brand Truck Tires

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, announced that it is reintroducing its Dayton medium truck tire line in 2013.

Tags: Bridgestone

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

One of the most common reasons for an officer to pull a driver over is for a faulty light. Below are some basic guidelines on how to troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise with a trailer lighting system

Tags: Trailers, CSA, Lighting, Compliance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smaller truck tire buyers to benefit from greenhouse gas and CAFE regs

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Mike Yap is a plumbing and heating contractor near Buffalo, N.Y. He operates two GMC 3500-series cargo vans and two utility trailers. He buys tires from a local auto supply jobber. He's a price shopper

Tags: Tires, light trucks

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology: What if Cars and Trucks Could Talk to Each Other?

By Oliver B. Patton

Imagine: A truck driver gets a signal on his dash, warning him that a car ahead that he cannot see has slammed on the brakes. Or that he's going too fast for the curve ahead/

Tags: Equipment & Technology

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Business Case for Synthetic Lubes

By Jim Park

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals. But if that's the only selling point you're using for synthetic lubes, it may be time for some consumer education

Tags: Managing the Shop, Engine Oil, Maintenance, Aftermarket, API, Lubricants

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Luber-finer Oil Filter Website Identifies Maintenance Cost Reductions

Luber-finer oil filters announced the launch of its new oil filter Time Release Technology Value Calculator mobile website

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Internet Truckstop Helps Members Navigate New CARB Regulation

Internet Truckstop has rolled out a new decision support tool to help Truckstop.com members transition into new regulations, now in effect, from the California Air Resources Board

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sloan's MaxxGrip Dura-Grip Gladhand Combo

Sloan Transportation Products Ltd. introduced the MaxxGrip Dura-Grip gladhand combo, which offers safer and more complete connections, according to the company

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPi Enters HD Truck Market with Edge WorldClass

MPi introduced Edge WorldClass for heavy-duty truck shops, a comprehensive package of software products and process training to help truck shops improve vehicle turnaround time, sell more parts, and streamline communications

Tags: Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Sludge Dispersant Cleans Fuel Tanks

Dieselcrafts Technol 246 is a diesel sludge dispersant that focuses on fixing a fuel system's filters that have been plugged by contamination.

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: The latest models and trends

By Tom Berg

"Uncertainty" is the word people at most truck builders used to describe this year's business mood. Sales started strong, then slacked off in the summer as many buyers seemed to be waiting to see what would happen in the general economy and the presidential election

Tags: Class 8

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Green in 2014: The New Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By Jim Park

Finally, a regulation that gives something back. Sometime between now and Jan. 1, 2014, all new heavy-duty trucks coming into service will be certified to a new fuel efficiency standard. Compliance rests with the truck maker, and the customer sees the benefit. So, what's the catch

Tags: Emissions, GHG14, GHG, MPG, Fuel Economy, Truckstops

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vehicle Insurance Myths, Debunked

By Bill Caudill, commercial auto product manager at Progressive

Your customers rely on you to deliver, and by keeping your vehicles on the road, your business will be more profitable. Simply stated, time is money. Within the world of commercial auto insurance, we've found that there are some common misconceptions that could cost your business time and money

Tags: Business, Progressive, Insurance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

By Deborah Lockridge

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Tags: Issues, ATA, Sleep Apnea, Health

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Oil Category Will Help Meet Fuel Economy/GHG Emissions Regs

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By January of 2016, you'll see a new API diesel engine oil classification, designed to help meet federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards. In fact, you may, for the first time, see two separate categories

Tags: Maintenance, Oil, MPG, GHG, API, PC-11, CO2

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial vehicle drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards

Tags: Issues, CDL, FMCSA, Texas

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Batteries up to the Challenge?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If there's a problem with your truck's electrical system, simply replacing the bad batteries with fresh ones may consign those to the scrap bin, too

Tags: Maintenance, Batteries

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

One of the major changes is a new Hazmat BASIC.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

Tags: Issues, FMCSA, CSA, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through

Tags: Issues, Congress, CSA, ATRI, FMCSA

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seven Steps to Make Sure Your Diesel Fuel and More are Ready for Winter

By Glen Sokolis, Contributor

Weather forecasters are predicting not only one of the coldest, but the snowiest winters in the last five years. Here are a few simple tips to help maintain your equipment and fuel tanks

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel, Winter

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eight Truckstops Join Network of Electric Plug-in Power Pedestals

Shorepower Technologies has announced eight more truckstops added electric plug-in power pedestals to their locations. Connections providing 480-volt power for hybrid refrigerated trailers are also being installed at four of the eight truckstops

Tags: Equipment, EVs, Truckstops, Shore Power, Alternative Fuels

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Daimler's DT12 Automated Transmission

This Freightliner Cascadia Evolution boasts the new DT12 automated transmission from Deroit.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The arrival of Detroit's DT12 automated manual transmission wasn't unexpected. Daimler AG, the parent company of Daimler Trucks North America and Detroit Inc., has been using such transmissions in Europe for many years in the Mercedes Actros line and earlier products

Tags: Equipment, Test Drive, Detroit, Daimler

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Landstar, OOIDA Settle 'Truth-in-Leasing' Litigation

Landstar System and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced the end of their decade-long litigation over federal truth-in-leasing regulations, with the Florida-based carrier saying its leases were proven valid and the association saying the lawsuit helped further clarify the regulations

Tags: Business, Leasing, OOIDA, Landstar, Owner-Operators

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

By Tom Berg

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

Tags: Equipment, Mack, Test Drive

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 579

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The urge to compare is great, but I will resist. Both Peterbilt's Model 579 and Kenworth's T68O were introduced with much fanfare at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year

Tags: Equipment, Test Drive, Peterbilt

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Future Reefers

By Tom Berg

Carbon dioxide, condemned for being a greenhouse gas and the target of diesel emissions regulations about to go into effect, is actually good when used as a refrigerant

Tags: Trailers, CO2, Thermo King, Reefers, Carrier Transicold

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The business case for synthetic lubes goes beyond extended drain intervals

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals

Tags: Under The Hood, Maintenance, Engine Oil, Synthetic Oil

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freight Wing Introduces Chassis Side Skirts for Intermodal Operators

Trailer side skirts are a common sight on van trailers, especially those headed into California where new regulations require trailers to feature the fuel-saving, aerodynamic devices.

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nexiq Announces ABS Product Family

Nexiq Technologies recently released the ProLink iQ and Pocket iQ ABS Product Family of anti-lock brake system diagnostic software applications

Tags: Diagnostics, ABS, Nexiq

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Magellan Adds 5-Inch RoadMate Commercial GPS

The compliance-ready Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5370T-LMB GPS navigator is designed to maximize in-cab space requirements of trucks with a convenient 5-inch high-resolution touch screen.

Magellan announced the Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5370T-LMB, a new space-saving 5-inch GPS navigator especially designed with premium safety, accuracy and productivity features to assist professional drivers on and off the road.

Tags: Magellan, GPS

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GM Offers Standard Maintenance to Fleet Buyers

General Motors Fleet and Commercial Sales announced that the GM Business Choice program, designed specifically for business customers, now includes a two-year, 30,000-mile Business Maintenance Plan, in addition to a cash allowance for vehicle accessories or upfits

Tags: General Motors

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ultra-Ever Dry Protects Against Corrosion

UltraTech International announced the release of its newest product, Ultra-Ever Dry, a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid.

Tags: Corrosion

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dye-Lite TP-3100 Pinpoints Oil Leaks

Dye-Lite TP-3100 fluorescent dye pinpoints oil leaks easily and efficiently in diesel engine lubrication systems

Tags: Maintenance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remy Introduces New Starter and Alternator Product Line for Reefers

Remy International Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of Delco Remy brand heavy-duty starters and alternators, announces the expansion of its heavy-duty aftermarket alternator and starter line with the launch of the new Remy Refrigeration Program

Tags: Remy

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rislone Releases Concentrated Version of Engine Treatment

Rislone Engine Treatment, a blend of lubricants, additives and cleaners is now available in a concentrated formula.

Rislone's newest concentrated product, Engine Treatment Concentrate, provides all the benefits of the original Rislone Engine Treatment in a bottle that is nearly half the size

Tags: Rislone

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

IdleAir Adds New Entertainment Package

By Truckinginfo Staff

IdleAir, a truck stop electrification service provider, has added a new entertainment package, ConvoyTV+Power

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Truckstops

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Fleet Brake Adds New Location in Ontario

By Truckinginfo Staff

Fleet Brake announced plans for a new parts distribution center in Mississauga, Ontario. When at full capacity, the 50,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 50 people and is expected to be operational in February 2013.

Tags: Business, Fleet Brake, Brakes, Canada, Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Chicago Pneumatic Announces the CP7769 Series 3/4-inch Impact Wrench

The Chicago Pneumatic P7769 series is designed for a wide variety of maintenance applications, including heavy vehicle mechanical repair and Maintenance Repair Operations.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Chicago Pneumatic has introduced the CP7769 series air impact wrench, and says it is the only 3/4-inch impact wrench to offer the side-to-side single-hand forward/reverse switching for improved efficiency and operator comfort

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Comdata Expands Cardless Fuel Transactions Processing Availability

By Truckinginfo Staff

Comdata Corp. announced the continued expansion of its cardless fuel solution. These transactions can now process through itsSmart Solutions point-of-sale platform

Tags: Comdata, Truckstops, RFID

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Daimler's DT12 Automated Transmission

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The arrival of Detroit's DT12 automated manual transmission wasn't unexpected. Daimler AG, the parent company of Daimler Trucks North America and Detroit Inc., has been using such transmissions in Europe for many years in the Mercedes Actros line and earlier products

Tags: Test Drive, Detroit, Daimler

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

To DataQ or Not to DataQ...That is the Question

By Don Jerrell, HNI

HNI's Don Jerrell shares what he learned about DataQs (FMCSA's method of challenging erroneous CSA points) at a recent ATA Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council meeting.

Tags: Compliance, CSA, DataQ, HNI

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Do-it-Yourself CNG

Kwik Trip is in the midst of installing CNG pumps at its stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Kwik Trip's goal is to have 20 retail NCG pumps installed at its Midwest convenince store locations by next spring.

By Chris Brown, Business Fleet Executive Editor

From a frozen pizza company to neighborhood ice cream delivery, from a dry cleaner to a real estate business, these small fleets have been running natural gas-powered vehicles for years

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Getting Your Trucking Business Ready for Tax Season

By Colton Lawrence, Contributor

Have you been trucking since 1912 or earlier? If so, you are a true trucking pioneer, have an incredible fitness regimen and once earned an income without paying the Internal Revenue Service a dime

Tags: Business, Owner-Operators, taxes

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DeKalb County in Georgia is converting landfill gas to CNG to run its fleet

By Kate Harlow, Associate Editor

The old saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Life, or in this case, a landfill, gave DeKalb County, Ga., methane gas - so the Sanitation Department decided to make vehicle fuel. In 2009, DeKalb County, located just east of Atlanta, was experiencing the same economic frustrations and high fuel prices as the rest of the country

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Government Fleets

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