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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

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.

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

UPS Team Tackles Complex Cross-Border Logistics

UPS has operated in Mexico for 25 years. Photo: UPS

By Deborah Lockridge

In 2014, UPS established a center of excellence for U.S.-Mexico trade. A team of experts evaluated and improved offerings, focusing on shippers’ needs. Then early last year, UPS announced it had strengthened those cross-border services.

Tags: UPS, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Logistics

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Belly strapping: The lower stack of this load was secured before the top stack was placed aboard and tied down. There are more than enough straps to satisfy safety and regulatory demands. Photos: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

By Tom Berg

Securing loads is a matter of safety and good business. If a piece of cargo is damaged because it shifts or falls off a trailer, the carrier and driver won’t be paid because the load didn’t get delivered, and someone could get hurt or killed.

Tags: Cargo Management, Citation, Cargo Securement

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's All About the Customers: Dealer of the Year Nominees Speak Out

By Denise Rondini

Economic conditions, used trucks, spec’ing trends and the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 regulations are shaping business for truck dealers.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Procede Software, Truck Dealers

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

A Salute to President's Day

Photo: Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is recognizing President's Day by presenting some of our most recent coverage of our new President's policies as they relate to trucking.

Tags: Donald Trump

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tried and True Tire Repairs

The first, and most crucial step in any tire repair process is to completely remove any foreign material from the damaged area. Photos: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

Smart fleet managers understand that wringing every possible mile from a truck tire saves money. Which means that getting tires fixed properly after failures do occur is vital for both vehicle productivity and fleet profitability.

Tags: Tires, Leak, Repairs

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest for Uptime

While the complexity is increasing, the reliability of the current generation of trucks and engines is the best we’ve seen in several years. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We’re doing a better job at keeping trucks out of the shop and out on the road earning money, but it’s been a long, steep learning curve. These fleets find the key to increasing uptime is to make the most of their downtime.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Uptime, Repair Shops

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Knowing Isn't Fixing

By Laura McMillan

Safety technology on trucks is one reason crash rates, injury rates and fatalities have fallen over the past two decades. Yet insurance rates and the costs of settlements they represent have gone up. Why?

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Insurance, Driver Training

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A New Frontier in Driver Health

By Jack Roberts

Very soon, integrated and automated vehicle systems will work together to keep drivers alert and healthy. But that technology will come at a cost.

Tags: Driver Health, Fatigue, Autonomous Vehicles

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Parts - At A Vending Machine Near You

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Typically when we think of vending machines, we think of snack foods or beverages. More recently, however, they are being used in industrial applications.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Amazon.com, Parts and Service

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Wellness Starts at Work

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Building a healthy lifestyle can be hard work – especially for truck drivers, who are constantly on the go and constantly under pressure to be on the go. Fleets can help drivers attain a healthy lifestyle – and share in the benefits that it brings.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Health, Driver Wellness

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Delicate Truck Driver

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Lots of drivers manage a very fine balance between simple frustration and outright anger and executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood believes they deserve a little more attention and understanding.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Behavior, Driver Health

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Orange EV's All-Electric Terminal Tractor

Orange EV’s T-Series terminal tractor looks and works just like a diesel, but its fully electric drive system produces no emissions and can save up to 90% over existing fuel and maintenance costs. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It has all the performance attributes of a diesel without the maintenance and fuel costs. And it’s emissions-free, which will keep your neighbors happy.

Tags: Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, Electric Terminal Trucks, Terminal Tractors, Test Drive

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Best Maintenance Tools May Not Be in the Shop at All

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge explains that the most powerful tools you may not be fully taking advantage of in the shop involve information.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Tools, VMRS

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How E-Commerce is Changing Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

In the second part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we examine the rise of e-commerce and how it is changing the trucking industry.

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

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How ‘Intelligent’ is Your Business?

Graphic courtesy TMW

By TMW Systems

Where are you on the ladder of business intelligence? Using big data can help you understand potentially thousands of variables to help you boost competitiveness and profitability.

Tags: TMW Systems, Big Data, Business Intelligence

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Freight Rate Thaw May Be in the Works

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index shows while freight rates weren’t as good last year as they were in 2015, they were mostly better than in 2014 and appear to be heading higher this year. Source: Cass Information Systems Inc., and Avondale Partners

By Evan Lockridge

Data suggests that freight rates for truckload linehaul and intermodal movements may finally be headed higher, after being frozen in lower territory the last couple of years, says Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge in his February Hotline column.

Tags: Freight, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Special Report: Trucking in the 21st Century

By HDT Staff

Trucking in the 21st Century is our 10-part series and accompanying web-only coverage of the rapid technological changes impacting trucking and logistics.

Tags: Information Technology, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Roadrunner Freight President on Being the Economy LTL Provider

Grant Crawford Photo courtesy of Roadrunner Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

We spoke with Grant Crawford, president of Roadrunner Freight, about the less-than-truckload operation's recent rebranding that focuses on offering reliable, non-expedited service at a lower cost.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Q&A

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Old Dominion Dominates Data

Data from PeopleNet units on trucks plus external information, like weather reports, generate graphics on the big wall map. Dispatchers can see it all from their nearby work stations. Photo via Old Dominion Freight Line

By Deborah Lockridge

A high-tech command center helps Old Dominion Freight Line track freight, trucks and drivers as they move across the country.

Tags: Telematics, Old Dominion Freight Line, Vehicle Tracking, Asset Tracking

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

Who knows what you’ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it’s too late to realize that you spec’d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles, Vocational Trucks

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers are Smarter Than Ever

This trailer’s sitting untethered in New Mexico, but its reefer unit can monitor temperatures of the load and transmit data to home base, no matter where that is. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Reefer temperature sensing, remote tracking, and tire pressure management are now in use. Coming soon: monitoring more mechanical conditions.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Asset Tracking, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter

Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is a 5.1L engine designed for urban delivery/service applications in Class 5-6 Freightliner M2 106 trucks. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Even in an age of ‘rightsizing,’ many fleets have been reluctant to give a 4-cylinder engine a chance. Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is about to challenge that point of view.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Test Drive, Detroit DD5, Medium-Duty Engines

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Video-Based Safety Systems: Worth A Closer Look?

Camera-based safety systems offer monitoring, analytical and training benefits, say providers. Photo: MiX Telematics

By David Cullen

Fleets may be wise to check out the latest technological advances in video-based driver safety systems.

Tags: Telematics, Video Event Recorders, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Your Electrical Maintenance Doing the Job?

It’s a thankless and time-consuming job, but basic electrical maintenance requires a high level of discipline and the willingness to follow procedure. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Electrical problems will bring a truck to its knees, no matter how humble the source of the problem. Prevention begins with proper maintenance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Technicians, Electrical System

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: What Dealers Are Doing to Better Meet Fleet Needs

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

While it may feel like dealers are ignoring fleets’ concerns, based on interviews with the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking/Procede Truck Dealer of the Year nominees, dealers not only hear what fleets are saying, but also are trying to do something about it.

Tags: Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regulatory Outlook: Sunny if Foggy for 2017

“I believe there will not be a ton of regulations that will go 180 degrees due to the change in administration.” – Bill Sullivan, American Trucking Associations

By David Cullen

Trump the candidate promised to eliminate two regulations for every one enacted. Can Trump the president really do that?

Tags: Regulations, Infrastructure, Donald Trump

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Trucking Engineers up to the Challenge

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

"Trucking engenders passion, and I see it in the engineers you depend on, who seem able to beat just about any challenge that comes along," writes Rolf Lockwood in January's "Locking it In" column.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, EPA

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Phase 2 GHG Regs Mean to Fleets

Manufacturers are taking cues from their EPA SuperTruck work to meet the new regs. Navistar’s version (left) thus influenced its International LT625 tractor.  Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

To meet Phase 2 GHG regulations, fleets will have to pay for advances to get required fuel-economy gains and keep everything working.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Fuel Economy, GHG Phase 2

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