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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, Engines, Powertrains, 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, Weigh Station & Toll Management

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

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

Once trailer tire wear begins, only corrective maintenance action will alleviate the problem. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Say what you will about a tire, but it won’t lie to you. If there are problems with wheel alignment, suspensions, braking or chassis, your tires will be happy to tell you, if you just take a look.

Tags: Trailers, Tires, Retreads

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth at MATS, from 2017 Outlook to the Future of Autonomous Technologies

Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager, with the T680 Advantage "driver's truck" that's the centerpiece of the Kenworth booth at MATS. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Kenworth returned to the Mid-America Trucking Show this year, highlighting the driver, its strong vocational lineup, and a made-in-America message. We sat down after the pre-show press conference with Mike Dozier, who took the reins as general manager less than a year ago, and Patrick Dean, Kenworth’s chief engineer, for a wide-ranging discussion on the show, the health of the industry, and the road to autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Kenworth, MATS, Autonomous Vehicles

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Who's Going to Earn Your Parts and Service Business?

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

In a panel at this year's Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, suppliers and distributors discussed how service providers who are easy to do business with are the ones that will come out on top.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAW, Parts and Service

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Case for Fuel Filtration

Supplemental fuel processors combine a fuel filter, water separator and heater all in one unit and are designed for severe conditions like extreme cold. Photo: Cummins Filtration

By Jim Park

Fuel filters are your engine’s first and last line of defense against expensive damage from water and particles of debris that are found in diesel fuel.

Tags: Filters, Fuel Filter, Fuel Additive, Filtration, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: See the Light…and Everything Else

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

North American headlight standards are inherently dangerous because they don’t allow brightness levels to match the speeds we travel, says executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood. It’s just too easy to “over-drive” your lights.

Tags: Lighting, LED Lighting, Night Driving

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing for Resale

How vehicles are spec’ed in the first place can positively or negatively affect their resale value. Photo: Jim Park

By Denise Rondini

The way you spec your vehicles on the front end can have an impact on their value — either positive or negative — at resale time.

Tags: Resale Value, Used Truck Sales

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC's New Chairman on Trucking's Race to the Future

TMC's new chairman, Glen McDonald says keeping the organization's recent energy going is one of his main priorities. Photo: Ozark Transportation

By Jack Roberts

“I’m really thinking a lot about the ‘TMC of Tomorrow,'" says Glen McDonald, for whom assuming the chairmanship of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council is a pinnacle moment in his long career in trucking.

Tags: technology, TMC, Future Trucks, Ozark Motor Lines

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Old Dominion Freight Line Exec on Scope, Scale, and Growth

By Deborah Lockridge

Old Dominion Freight Line recently posted a short animated video highlighting the scope and scale of the less-than-truckload carrier. We spoke with Chip Overbey, senior vice president of strategic planning, to learn more about OD's impressive growth strategy.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Q&A

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Certification: What Does it Really Mean?

One ELD provider, Eroad, is using a third-party verification program to help give customers peace of mind. Photo: Eroad

By Deborah Lockridge

Motor carriers beware: FMCSA does NOT “certify” ELDs. What you need to understand about the electronic logging device mandate's "self-certification" process and how to help make sure you have a compliant device.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Separating Electronic Logs and Hours of Service

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The underlying issue for many fleets really isn’t so much the notion of using an electronic device to track driver hours — it is the hours of service regulations themselves.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Long and the Short of Truckload Today

Intermodal is playing a larger role in changes in long-haul trucking. Ports on the East Coast, like the Port of Savannah, may see more traffic coming through the newly expanded Panama Canal, which could result in less freight being trucked across the country from West Coast ports. Photo: Port of Savannah

By David Cullen

In the third part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we look at how the length of haul is no longer the yardstick for truckload — innovation and flexibility are.

Tags: Intermodal, Logistics, Truckload

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

14 Things You Need to Know Before ELDs Become Mandatory

By Deborah Lockridge

Come Dec. 17, the paper logbooks that truck drivers have been required to use to track their hours of work and rest since the 1930s will be history for interstate trucking operations. Here are 14 things you need to know before that day arrives.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chinese Truck Tire Investigation Shows ‘Pervasive Underselling at High Margins’

Photo: Jim Park

By Joy Kopcha

The International Trade Commission says there’s evidence of “significant” underselling of Chinese truck and bus tires from 2013 to 2015 – yet the ITC voted not to impose tariffs on those imported tires. What's behind their decision?

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Work Truck Show News

Jecka Glasman, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso, announcing new products at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Photo: David Cullen

By HDT Staff

The NTEA Work Truck Show is currently underway in Indianapolis, bringing with it important announcements for light- and medium-duty vocational vehicle operators and upfitters. Check out our coverage of the new trucks and technologies, updates on existing vehicles, and the latest engines and products.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events, Work Truck Show

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Mining for Economic Gold

This graph shows the comparative performance of the Transportation Services Index (blue) and Gross Domestic Product (orange) over each quarter in the last three years.

By Evan Lockridge

There are largely overlooked nuggets of information buried in the numbers about the economy and trucking that could be the most telling sign of where conditions are headed, writes Evan Lockridge in his Econ Watch column from the March issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

Tags: Economy, TSI, GDP

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Trends in FMCSA Compliance Reviews

Now that fleets only have to have a driver vehicle inspection report form when a defect has occurred, it is much easier for safety auditors to see when drivers are and aren't doing their job when it comes to pre-trips. Photo: Dupre Logistics

By Don Jerrell, HNI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it is changing the process for performing compliance reviews. What do this announcement and other compliance review trends mean for your fleet?

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, CSA, Inspections, DVIR

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prepare Your Fleet Now for Higher Fuel Prices Later

 Cardlock systems help fleet administrators  manage their fuel assets by making it easier to authorize and provide accountability for fuel usage. Photo courtesy OPW

By Bobby Hayes, OPW

While fuel prices may not be as high as they were a few years ago, strict oversight of fuel assets can help maintain a healthy bottom line over the long term. One way to do that is with modern cardlock systems.

Tags: Fuel Management, Fueling Facility, OPW

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Avoid Late Load Payments

By Jeremy Robison

There is nothing fun about not getting paid for the loads you have hauled. Fortunately, there are a few solutions to help you eliminate or lessen the need to chase late payments.

Tags: Factoring, Billing, Freight

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Choosing a Telematics Service Provider for the ELD Mandate

By Ben Osborne

The December 2017 deadline for the ELD mandate is looming and fleets are feeling the pressure to select a telematics service provider to electronically log hours-of-service records. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution and fleets must examine what they need from their newly-required technology.

Tags: Telematics, Noregon Systems, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2017

By HDT Staff

Each year, HDT’s editors spend a lot of time going to press conferences and combing through news releases on the latest new products for trucking. At the end of the year, they identify the very best of the past year’s introductions to come up with our Top 20 Products. This is HDT's list of the Top 20 Products of 2017.

Tags: Awards, Top 20 Products

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Carrier Builds Own ELD

Photos: Best Yet Express

By Deborah Lockridge

California carrier Best Yet Express decided to develop its own ELD system, which would go beyond the ELD mandate that kicks in this December and become a true productivity tool.

Tags: California, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Don Daseke on Going Public

Don Daseke

By David Cullen

On Feb, 28, the day the firm he founded began trading as a public company, Don Daseke, chairman and CEO of Daseke Inc., spoke with HDT Executive Editor David Cullen about the process the flatbed fleet operator followed to go public-- and why going public had been a long-held goal of his.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

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