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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 Trucks, 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, 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

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

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

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 Trucks, 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

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