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December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Highway Hero Makes Healthy Living a Priority

Mike Schiotis, Goodyear's Highway Hero last year, is a proponent of eating healthy on the road.

By HDT

You might recognize Mike Schiotis's name from the harrowing tale of how he saved a woman from her gun-wielding boyfriend and was named Goodyear's Highway Hero. What you probably don't know about Schiotis is that he can

Tags: Driver Stories, Health

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Introduces 40-Ton Lightweight With Superloads in Mind

Talbert Manufacturing recently introduced its 40-Ton Lightweight Trailer. The trailer can be customized for customers who need to remain below the superload weight limit in states with 120,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating restrictions.

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T370 Adds Front Frame Assembly for Customer-Installed Winch Bumpers

Kenworth has introduced a new, heavy-duty front frame assembly option for its Kenworth T370 medium duty truck that makes it easy for body builders to install customer winch bumpers

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Commercial Tire Trends

When it comes to commercial tire sales, 2012 could not have been any more contrasting from 2011, says Rick Phillips, Yokohama Tire's director of commercial sales. Phillips, a 35-year tire industry veteran, discusses what the challenges were within the commercial tire industry in 2012 and how they will affect truck owners in 2013

Tags: Economy, Tires

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Crysteel Offers Deuce Two-Way Dump Body

The Deuce two-way dump body from Crysteel Manufacturing doubles work truck efficiency by combining rear dumping and side dumping in one body.

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3 Steps to a Better Culture: Improve CSA Compliance by Valuing Your Drivers

By John Hill, Contributor

In my 38 years of involvement with highway safety, and even more recently as a safety consultant, I have observed a unique situation distinctive to safe and compliant companies: They value their employees by creating a safety culture

Tags: Compliance, CSA, Drivers

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Luber-finer TRT Oil Filter Line Provide Time-Release Additives

Luber-finer oil filters announced the launch of its new line of heavy-duty time release technology (TRT) oil filters

Tags: Luber-finer, Oil, Filters

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does the MIL Lamp Spell Aftermarket Opportunity?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Your customers are going to be seeing a lot more of that ubiquitous yellow engine-shaped icon on their dashboard with the latest model trucks.

Tags: Managing the Shop, EPA, Diagnostics

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NexTraq Releases Distracted Driving Solution

NexTraq, a GPS fleet tracking and fleet management company, released its new distracted driving solution, NexTraq DriveGuard

Tags: NexTraq, Distracted Driving

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-Tech Solutions Could Address Truck Parking Problem

Smartphones are one way drivers could learn about available truck parking spaces.

Nearly 100 people participated in a webinar last month on the truck parking shortage and innovative ways this problem can be addressed. The webinar was put on by the Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition. Several studies dating back to the 1990s have found that there is an inadequate supply of truck parking, especially along key freight corridor

Tags: Topics & Trends, Truckstops, Parking

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack Names Jost Standard Fifth Wheel

Jost International fifth wheels will be a standard feature on Mack Pinnacle, Titan by Mack and Mack Granite model trucks

Tags: Mack, JOST, Fifth Wheels

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Luber-finer Oil Filter Features Time-Release Additives

Luber-finer's new line of Heavy-Duty Time Release Technology (TRT) oil filters provide a controlled release of a specially formulated, highly concentrated liquid additive into the oil supply, helping the oil maintain its quality longer, according to the company

Tags: Oil, Filters, Luber-finer

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rogers New Optional Cobraneck

Rogers introduced its CobraNeck multi-ride height detachable gooseneck, an optional neck designed to make unhooking and delivering safer, faster and more convenient for today's drivers.

Tags: gooseneck

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Optronic GloLight Brings New Look to Stop/Turn/Tail Lamps

Optronics International says it's developed the first truly different approach in years to the visual presentation of a stop/tail/turn lamp with the new GloLight Series

Tags: Lighting, Optronics

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

Fleets have been looking forward to the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.

By Tom Berg

If you're wondering about whether parts and service for natural gas engines will be in your future, it might be useful to take a look at what engine and truck makers will be offering

Tags: Issues, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Aftermarket, Engines

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Different Way to Sell

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

'People continue to sell as if they were in a quaint Norman Rockwell painting. That no longer works like it used to." Instead, says Rich Farrell, president of Tangent Knowledge Systems and author of the book "Selling has Nothing to do with Selling," a salesperson should play the role of a "change agent" rather than the more typical product-centric transactional approach

Tags: Business, Sales, Aftermarket

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CargoNet Offers Cargo Theft Prevention Tips

CargoNet's analysis of historical cargo theft data shows that the rate of cargo theft increases over holiday weekends, so it's offering suggestions for how companies can help prevent theft

Tags: Topics & Trends, Security

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pegasus TransTech Upgrades Transflo Mobile

Pegasus TransTech has released a new version of Transflo Mobile, a solution to scan and submit delivery documents instantly

Tags: Transflo, Pegasus, Scanning

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oliver Rubber Introduces New Trailer Retread

Oliver Rubber has launched ULP Trailer (Ultra Low Profile), an EPA SmartWay verified retread for wide-base single tires

Tags: Retreads, Oliver Rubber, Michelin

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

8 Ways 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: More Maintenance, Diesel, Winter

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ComFreight.com Launches Logistics Matching Technology

ComFreight.com has identified several inefficiencies in the current business model for freight consolidation and freight matching throughout North America

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No crystal ball for natural gas

By Vicki Ekstrom, MIT News

Natural gas prices neared the lowest they've been in about a decade last winter, as utilities scrambled to take advantage of the fuel's low price tag and producers began to turn away from the low-profit fuel

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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevron Adds 'Expert Knowledge' Section to Website

Chevron has expanded the Expert Knowledge section on its ChevronDelo.com website, with video and written material to address key issues, including Fuel Economy, Emissions Regulations and PC-11 (the new diesel engine oil category under development, slated for introduction in 2016.

Tags: Chevron, Engine Oil, PC-11

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lighter-duty Commercial Trucks Get More Fuel-Efficient Engines

EcoBoost 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 and a naturally aspirated 3.7 V-6 in Ford's upcoming Transit vans will do the work of much larger and heavier V-8 and V-10 engines in current E-series vans. New 3.2-liter I-5 diesel will be optional.

By Tom Berg

In all the years I've been doing update articles for HDT, particularly on Class 1, 2 and 3 cargo vans, I've repeatedly asked execs at the truck builders about trends in engines

Tags: Engine Smarts, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Engines

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Shipping International ProStar+ Units With Cummins ISX15 Ahead Of Schedule

Navistar announced it is shipping to customers its first 300 International ProStar+ Class 8 on-highway tractors equipped with the Cummins ISX15, ahead of schedule

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, SCR

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Robocom Releases R-Mobile for LTL and Private Delivery Fleets

Robocom Systems International launched the latest version of its R-Mobile System for real-time communication between drivers and dispatchers

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Plans 2 Gasoline V-6s Plus I-5 Diesel for Transit, Pair of I-4s for Transit Connect

The full-size Transit will gradually replace the popular and long-running E-series when the new-to-North America Euro-style van goes into production at Fords refitted Kansas City, Mo., plant late in 2013.

By Tom Berg

The upcoming full-size Transit van will have two gasoline V-6 engines and an inline 5-cylinder diesel, while the new compact Transit Connect will get a pair of inline 4-cylinder gasoline engines, said officials with Ford Commercial Truck in a series of briefings in Detroit on Friday

Tags: Ford, Cargo Vans

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana Launches Spicer iPad Application for Aftermarket Customers

Dana Holding Corp. developed its first iPad application, Spicer for iPad, to provide its aftermarket customers with convenient access to key product and service information

Tags: DANA, Spicer, Mobile Apps

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Polar Introduces MC-331 Tank Trailer

Polar Corp. introduced its first trailer for the North American propane industry, the Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport

Tags: Propane Autogas, Polar

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Three Goodyear Retreads Earn SmartWay Verification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded SmartWay verification of three Goodyear truck tire retreads - the G316 AT Fuel Max, the G572 LHD Fuel Max and the G305 ATS Fuel Max

Tags: SmartWay, Retreads, Goodyear

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UDrove Releases EOBR Technology

This week uDrove released an affordable electronic onboard recorder

Tags: EOBR

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Rebate To OOIDA Members

The Kenworth T660 is one of the trucks eligible for purchase with the rebate.

Kenworth is extending a successful rebate program with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association through 2013

Tags: Kenworth, OOIDA

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GM Shows Refined 2014 Half-Ton Pickups, Re-emphasizes Chevy-GMC Brand Differentiation

GM's Jeff Luke describes engineering features of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups at an unveiling on Thursday.

By Tom Berg

General Motors' truck executives on Thursday showed off their highly refined, high-volume 2014-model 1500 series pickups, and re-emphasized product and image differences between Chevrolet's Silverado and GMC's Sierra

Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors, GMC, Pickup Trucks

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Suppliers Outline Natural Gas Product Plans

Cummins Westport's ISX12 G is a game changer, some say.

By Tom Berg

The engine products of the joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations now dominate the existing, albeit small, market for natural gas trucks, but more are on the way from other sources, indicated manufacturer representatives during the American Trucking Associations' recent Natural Gas Summit

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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Webasto, ESW Team up for Heater/DPF Offering

Idle-reduction supplier Webasto has teamed up with ESW Group, which provides emission control products, to integrate the two technologies in a way that allows fleets to obtain DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) funding for emission control and idle reduction equipment

Tags: Idle Reduction, Webasto, Emissions, DERA

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Supplier Panel Announced for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and MacKay & Company have announced the participants for the Heavy Duty Supplier panel, one of the three Industry Expert Discussion Panels to take place as part of the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue conference

Tags: Business, HDMA, Aftermarket

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CARB Verifies Cleaire LongMileS Diesel Particulate Filter

Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls announced today that the California Air Resources Board has verified the LongMile-S diesel particulate filter as Level 3+ for on-road applications

Tags: CARB, California, DPF

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack, Volvo Trucks Meet 2014 GHG Standards

By Truckinginfo Staff

Mack and Volvo both announced that their model year 2014 trucks and tractors are now certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as meeting 2014 fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas regulations

Tags: Volvo, GHG, Mack

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways to Avoid Selling Counterfeit or Substandard Parts

Can you tell the difference? On the left is a genuine Bendix MV-3 dash valve. On the right is a counterfeit version.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

One of your customers gets sued when his truck is involved in a fatal crash. Faulty brake parts are blamed. Before you know it, you get dragged into court because you sold it to him. You may say, "I didn't make it! I didn't know it wasn't safe!" The answer from the courts may well be, "You should have.

Tags: Issues

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Rotella T6 0W-40 Designed to Operate in Extreme Cold

Shell Lubricants has introduced Shell Rotella T6 0W-40, a full synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oil designed for extreme cold conditions

Tags: Oil, Shell

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flex Power Option for Carrier Vector Refrigeration Units

Carrier Transicold's new dual-voltage option, Flex Power, allows Vector trailer refrigeration units to now use either low- or high-voltage power sources when parked for loading, unloading or staging

Tags: Carrier, Reefers

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rush Truck Centers Technicians Test Skills in Rodeo

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

SAN ANTONIO -- Almost 100 truck technicians from across the Rush Truck Centers dealer chain are gathered in San Antonio, Texas, this week to test their skill levels against their peers

Tags: Managing the Shop, Dealers, Rush

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Esco Announces New Zafety Lug Lock

Esco's new Zafety Lug Lock secures truck lug nuts to each other after they have been properly torqued

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Launches Integrated Inbound Faxing

Aljex Software has introduced Integrated Inbound Faxing, a new service that enables carriers to fax documents directly into a broker's or 3PL's hosted Aljex system

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3.2-Liter Turbo Diesel Slated for Ford's Upcoming Transit Van

The upcoming Transit full-size van will be offered with a new 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel, Ford Commercial Truck says. The inline five-cylinder diesel joins a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline V-6 already announced for the vehicle, which will go on sale in 2014. All engines will be mated to a Ford 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission

Tags: Ford

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2013 Peterbilt Calendars Now Available

The 2013 Peterbilt calendar is now available for purchase. This year's calendar features many Peterbilt models

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

M.D. Alignment's New Video Series Features Tire Wear Problems

M.D. Alignment now offers a series of instructional videos for truck operators and repair shops, developed to improve understanding of irregular tire wear and its causes

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SkyBitz Announces New Terrestrial Asset Tracking Solution for 3G/4G Networks

SkyBitz announced the Falcon Series GXT100, a new global positioning satellite asset tracking solution for 3G/4G cellular networks with seamless North American coverage.

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Extended Protection Plans for 2013 Paccar Engines

The 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine is available for Kenworth medium and heavy duy trucks.

Kenworth now offers extended protection plans for the new 2013 Paccar PX-7 and PX-9 engines

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GE, Chesapeake Launch CNG In A Box System

CNG In A Box is a plug and play fueling system that can be set up at a traditional filling station or at an industrial location and compress natural gas into CNG on site.

General Electric and Peake Fuel Solutions, an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy, recently launched the CNG In A Box system, which allows for easier adoption of compressed natural gas refueling options by large- and small-scale retailers and fleets

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

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