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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Answers Questions About Driver Life Expectancy Statistics

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Truckload Requiring Agility Testing

A step test measures the ability to perform sustained work activities such as loading and unloading and repetitive clutching.

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study Finds Few Effects from Diesel Exhaust from EPA-07 Engines

The first results of what is said to be the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the health effects of exposure to new technology diesel engines has found no evidence of gene-damaging effects in the animals studied, and only a few mild effects on the lungs

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Rule Will Create Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Truck safety regulators are about to post a new, long-awaited rule aimed at shoring up driver medical standards

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celadon Named Healthy Trucking Fleet

Despite its size, Celadon's turnover rate is almost 50% less than the industry standard, which can be attributed, in part, to its wellness programs.

The first-ever Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award, a collaboration between FusionHealth and Navistar, was presented to Celadon Group at their headquarters in Indianapolis

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

World Health Organization Says Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans based on evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roush CleanTech Receives CARB Retrofit Alternative Fuel System Certification for 2010 Model Year Vehicles

With 2010 model year certification in-hand, Roush CleanTech is now pursuing similar retrofit certification for 2009, 2011 and 2012 model years of the same Ford E-series vans and wagons, and E-450 cutaway vehicle platforms.

Roush CleanTech has received California Air Resources Board approval of its propane autogas fuel system for retrofitting 2010 model year 5.4-liter Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 cargo vans and wagons

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest in Trailer Advances

Lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminum continues as a leading material for components and complete trailers, like this Trail King pneumatic dry bulk tanker with a tare weight of 8,450 pounds, 500 less than usual.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Over the years, advances in trailer materials and design have added life, cut maintenance and operating costs and even improved safety. Based on our observations at trade shows, new product announcements and conversations with manufacturers and fleets, we came up with the following list of significant trends

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kumho Introduces Higher-Speed Tire for On-/Off-Highway

The KMD41 is designed for on- and off-road applications such as refuse, construction and mining and logging.

Kumho Tire added the new KMD41 tire to its medium truck and bus radial tire line-up. The KMD41 is designed for on- and off-road applications such as refuse, construction and mining and logging

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J J. Keller Introduces Cargo Securement Training

Cargo Securement Flatbeds training program teaches drivers how to keep their flatbed loads in place and in compliance, and it also includes best practices and how-to information.

J.J. Keller & Associates, provider of compliance products, has developed a new driver training program designed to reduce the risk for cargo securement violations, accidents and liability

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remanufacturing Saves Money, Cuts Waste and Pollution, Detroit Reman Says

Series 60 cylinder heads are among the components remanufactured in Detroit Reman's plant at Toole, Utah.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Why buy new when you can reuse something that still has value?" That's the mantra at Detroit Reman, which has been remanufacturing engines and engine parts since 1966. And after touring its western plant at Tooele, Utah, one comes away wonderin

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers, Fleets Seek Healthier Lifestyles

Fifty-three-year-old driver Jeff Clark tries to run three times a week and ride his bike a couple days a week. He encourages other truckers to just get moving.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When Jeff Clark's company offered drivers the option of getting paid for unloading instead of hiring lumpers, he joined the Y to get his back in shape. He soon found it was more than his back that needed work

Tags: Driver Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Hydrogen Solutions and Velociti Partner for Hy-Impact Product Line

Alternative Hydrogen Solutions LLC, providers of the Hy-Impact line of hydrogen systems, is partnering with Velociti Inc. to provide a network of installation and post-installation services for all Hy-Impact unit

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mahle Clevite Inc. Offers Victor Reinz Engine Gaskets with Coating

The new Victor Reinz head gaskets with advanced Black Diamond coating technology are constructed of five stainless steel layers.

Mahle Clevite Inc. has introduced new Victor Reinz Multi-Layered Steel cylinder head gaskets. Featuring a durable black coating, these new gaskets are now available for Ford 6.0L and 6.4L Power Stroke engines

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AmeriQuest Offers New Fleet Breakdown Service

AmeriQuest Transportation Services, provider of fleet management services, financial solutions, and operational support services, has launched its new fleet breakdown service, AmeriQuest Road Rescue

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Adds Oil-Bath Wheel Seal to All-Makes Wheel-End Aftermarket Portfolio

Meritor's Aftermarket business recently added heavy-duty truck and trailer oil-bath wheel seals to its wheel-end parts offerings. The new additions continue the company's "complete solutions" approach to expanding its aftermarket product portfolio

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Employee Health: A Little Psychology

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When United Natural Foods Inc. started offering voluntary "know your numbers" health screenings in 2010, 72% of the non-driving employees participated, but only 31% of drivers. This year, 97% of non-drivers and 98% of its approximately 1,000 drivers participated

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Improves CSA Score With Trailer Readiness Program

Trained technicians are sent to inspect and record any issues with tire pressures, tread depth, trailer lights, wheel seals, air valves, air lines on the trailer's suspension and braking system, and even reflective tape and mudflaps.

With just two full-time facilities to handle maintenance on a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections can be a daunting task for Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Will Add Urea-Based Aftertreatment to Meet Emissions Regulations

Navistar has been trying to get its MaxxForce 13 certified to EPA 2010 standards.

UPDATED -- Navistar International announced this morning that it will add urea-based aftertreatment to its engines with In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) to meet 2010 Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulations and position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules in advance of 2014 and 2017 requirements

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Speed Limiters: Is the cure worse than the disease?

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Drivers hate them. Fleets love them. I'm talking about truck speed limiters, which to my mind are a blunt solution to a technically delicate problem: how to manage truck speed and efficiency without rendering the things undriveable.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Happened to Biodiesel?

Conventional biodiesel is a renewable fuel, substantially cleaner than petroleum diesel in emissions terms and usually offers an increase in lubricity that may help engine life.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Amidst all the brouhaha about natural gas, the biodiesel option appears to have gone quiet. It still has a near-cult-like following in some quarters, but in the freight-transportation mainstream, biodiesel is a very small player at this point.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electricity Gives Trucking Industry a Power Boost

Above, trucks hook up to shore power via heavy-duty extension cords. Plugging in this way costs $1 an hour through Shorepower Technologies.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

As truck owners look for ways to deal with $4 to $5 diesel, some fleets are finding that electricity is helping them plug into savings, through all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, idle reduction or electric refrigeration units

Tags: Going Green

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine New Task Forces to Meet at TMC Meeting

The American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council has created nine new task forces that will meet for the first time at TMC's 2012 Fall Meeting, Sept. 10-13 in Pittsburgh, covering topics such as tires, corrosion, CSA and visibility

Tags: Maintenance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where to put all those CNG tanks?

By Engine Smarts column Truckinginfo Staff

One of the key factors limiting the use of compressed natural gas in trucks has been the question of range. A commercial vehicle body and trailer manufacturer based in Germany may have a solution -- putting extra CNG tanks on the trailer

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Enforcer Seal Guard Lock to Prevent Tampering

The lock is made from hardened steel with a corrosion-resistant surface, providing a high security barrier preventing the seal from physical attacks.

Transport Security, Waconia, Minn., introduced the Enforcer Seal Guard Lock hasp and trailer seal protector

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ken-Tool Introduces the Blue Cobra Truck Tire Service Kit

The set centers on Ken-Tool's Blue Cobra Truck Tire Demount Tool and includes six other needed components to service most 22.5-inch and 24.5-inch truck tires.

Ken-Tool now offers the Blue Cobra Truck Tire Service Set. The set centers on Ken-Tool's Blue Cobra Truck Tire Demount Tool and includes six other needed components to service most 22.5-inch and 24.5-inch truck tires

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Noregon Releases JPRO Fleet Diagnostics v5.3

Noregon Systems released its JPro Commercial Fleet Diagnostics software v5.3, offering updated coverage for heavy-duty and Ford vehicles

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

Tags: Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Violations

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Vehicle maintenance violations are a huge threat to a carrier's safety record. There are close to 200 separate violations on FMCSA's list of point-carrying infractions, and many carry ratings of 5 points or higher

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sustainable transportation is no longer 
an option

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What kind of a message is your fuel surcharge sending your customers? Perhaps what I should be asking is, what might your fuel surcharge be saying to your customers' customers?

Tags: Topics & Trends

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires: Traction 
vs.
 Fuel Economy

Will you give up traction if you buy fuel-efficient tires? Not as much as you might think.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that arises when discussing fuel-efficient tires

Tags: Equipment

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operator Learns Keys to Fuel Efficiency -- and Profitability

Carlos Cruz says he went from 6.21 mpg to 7.85 mpg in 30 days by changing his driving habits.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Here's a tale that, if it were from any other industry, might inspire a feel-good feature film. It's about a struggling rookie lease-operator who, as he is driving back to the terminal to hand back the keys, decides to try something different

Tags: Business

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Old Trailers Sport Aerodynamic Look

Labatt's Streamliners of the '30s and late '40s featured radically curved surfaces and Art Deco graphics, but they were built to promote beer sales, not to save fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Are truck and trailer aerodynamics new? Not exactly. Labatt's Streamliners like the one shown on the right were built in the 1930s and might be the most aerodynamic looking tractor-trailers ever produced.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Eater Introduces 55-Gallon Drum Top Pad

The new Oil Eater drum top pad is designed to catch and absorb oil, coolants, solvents and more.

The new Oil Eater drum top pad is specially designed to catch and absorb oil, coolants, solvents and more

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NationaLease Offers New Road Rescue Service

NationaLease has launched a new member service, NationaLease Road Rescue, to supplement the organization's Reciprocal Service Network, a cooperative emergency road service

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

A Quick Guide to Alternative Fuels

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The world no longer seems concerned about "peak oil" (the idea that oil reserves are going to run out), and today's clean-diesel engines have addressed many environmental concerns about truck exhaust. Most industry experts believe conventional diesel fuel will remain the dominant fuel for commercial vehicles for decades to come

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IT and MPG

Driver and vehicle performance data gathered by IT solutions is often presented in dashboard-style format, allowing fleet managers to quickly spot problem areas.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the abstract, reducing fuel cost represents a pretty straightforward undertaking: Get as many miles as possible out of every gallon of fuel, pay as little as possible for those gallons, and reduce the number of miles each truck travels to get the job done

Tags: Information Technology

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabash National Offers Cooper Roadmaster Tires as Option

Wabash National Corp., manufacturer of semi trailers in North America, is now making Cooper Roadmaster RM871 tires available as an original equipment option on all of its dry freight and refrigerated van models as well as on its Transcraft and Benson brand platform trailers

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remy Releases Delco Remy 55SI Alternator

Remy International Inc., manufacturer and distributor of Delco Remy heavy-duty starters and alternators, is offering its most powerful and efficient alternator yet. The Delco Remy 55SI has a durable brushless design and is rated at 420 amps at 12 volts and up to 275 amps at 24 volts.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

National Interstate Expands Heavy Haul, Crane, Rigging Insurance Program

National Interstate Insurance Company is expanding its trucking insurance program by targeting heavy haul, crane, and rigging operations. The program offers coverage for auto liability, physical damage, workers' compensation and general liability, and it is available in all states

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Traction vs. Fuel Economy?

Are we giving up traction in order to lessen 
rolling resistance? The short answer is yes, but not to the degree some might imagine.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that arises when discussing fuel-efficient tires

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Littelfuse Introduces Weather-Sealed Reversing Switch With Keys

Cole Hersee, the commercial vehicle products division of Littelfuse Inc., has introduced the latest product in its 95060 series of sealed rotary switches: a new, weather-sealed reversing switch.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Impco Launches ComfortPro APU

Impco Technologies Inc., launched its ComfortPro "Stand Alone" diesel auxiliary power unit for Class 8 trucks in North America. The new APU is available exclusively through the Carrier Transicold dealer network in the U.S. and Canada.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

"Green" Truck Cleaning Products

Natural Product Laboratories LLC has developed Ecology Truck Wash, Ecology De-Greaser & Parts Cleaner and Ecology Windshield & Glass Cleaner.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Westport Opens WiNG Conversion Facility at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Westport Innovations yesterday celebrated the grand opening of a facility for installing its WiNG bi-fuel conversion for Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups. Workers are starting to add natural gas systems to the gasoline-powered trucks, with production planned for gradual ramp-up to as many as 20,000 a year

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AT&T Expands Enhanced Push To Talk Preview

AT&T is doubling the number of business users who participate in its free program previewing its Enhanced Push to Talk feature. In addition, AT&T expects to offer a choice of as many as five compatible smartphone

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kwik Trip Advocates Natural Gas Adoption

Among Kwik Trip's fleet are a Kenworth T440 LNG tractor and two Kenworth T440s powered by CNG.

Kwik Trip, a convenience store and fuel chain with more than 400 locations in three states, is promoting liquefied and compressed natural gas as fuel sources to help increase nationwide adoption of LNG and CNG in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and other areas.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Schneider National does a lot 
of evaluating before including a component as part of a fuel-efficiency spec.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can't rightly expect a driver to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to fuel economy. It takes a huge amount of discipline to stay on top of the driving, but given the right tools, even a mediocre driver will do reasonably well

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is about the whole spec, from the powertrain to the tires, from the sloped hood and roof fairing to the gap between the tractor and the trailer. Leave no stone unturned.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What's in it for me? That's what drivers want to know when you try to get them to save fuel. There are few stronger motivators than a good return on an investment. Building driver buy-in to your fuel economy program requires enough incentiv

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

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