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August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Blame the Driver, Blame the Watermelon

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

In an era when the customer is king, the solitary truck driver is always the one at the end of the line.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Fatigue

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Highlights Newest Advanced Safety System

Bendix's new Fusion Wingman features fully-integrated safety systems that function as a single unit designed to deliver the most urgent threat alert to drivers while minimizing false alarms and multiple alerts.  Photo courtesy Kenworth.

By Jack Roberts

Trucking journalists recently got an up-close demonstration of Bendix’s new Wingman Fusion integrated vehicle safety system, which uses advanced, high-speed computers, fully integrated safety systems and image-recognition cameras to give drivers fewer false alarms and faster responses in critical situations.

Tags: Kenworth, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Steps to Higher Truck Productivity

For maximum productivity, some fleets can run trucks a second shift. HDT file photo by Ed Alfaro

By Deborah Lockridge

Despite rapid technological advances, Duff Swain believes trucking companies have not made the gains in productivity they should have in recent years. In this interview he summarizes the basic steps fleets should take to maximize each truck's contribution to the bottom line.

Tags: Productivity, TMS, Trincon Group

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

It's Time to Look at Lower-Viscosity Oils for Fuel Savings

By Deborah Lockridge

New engine oil categories call for a closer look at your engine oil strategies and offer opportunities for improving mpg.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, NACFE, Low-Viscosity Oil

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: In Search of the Bright Side Following "Brexit"

Photo: Vaughan Leiberum/ CC BY 2.0

By Evan Lockridge

Opinions vary about the effect on the U.S. of the surprise June vote by residents of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, but you should be aware of some of the potential ramifications.

Tags: Economy, European Union, Global, Brexit

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Does the Tesla Accident Mean for Autonomous Vehicle Development?

Even when autonomous technologies handle the steering, as in Freightliner’s Inspiration Truck demonstrated last year in Nevada, drivers need to be ready to take back control. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While autonomous truck technology is different from that in “self-driving cars,” could it be tarred with the same brush?

Tags: Freightliner, Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The First Step in Fixing Detention Times

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

As if productivity and driver retention weren’t enough to make detention an important problem, it’s also a safety issue.

Tags: Drivers, Shippers, Brokers, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Kenworth General Manager Talks Trucking's Future Challenges

Mike Dozier Photo: Kenworth

By Jack Roberts

Mike Dozier assumed his responsibilities as Kenworth Trucks new general manager after a three-year stint as general manager of Paccar's Australian operations. In a world of future tech, Mike Dozier wants to keep Kenworth focused on the customer.

Tags: Kenworth, Leadership, People, Q&A, Paccar

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: FCA US Fleet Business Chief Jeff Kommor

By Mike Antich, Editor, Automotive Fleet

The head of fleet and small business sales for FCA US, which sells Ram pickup trucks and ProMaster cargo vans, among many other light-duty vehicle, talks about the fleet market and how the company is working to meet fleet customer needs.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Pickup Trucks, Q&A, FCA

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Spot Freight Market Could Be Looking Up

The collapse of oil prices and the resulting pullback from hydraulic fracturingoperations had a major effect on the spot market.

By Evan Lockridge

If you’ve given up on the truckload spot freight market or have been using it less because of the past year’s depressed rates, it might be time to give it a second look.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Tires: Choosing the Best Strategy for Your Fleet

Trailer tires are often abused and neglected, but they still play an important role in getting freight delivered. They are worthy of more than a passing thought. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Do you need to put new tires on a trailer? As it turns out, a lot of fleets do buy new tires for trailers, and for very good reasons.

Tags: Trailers, Tires

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs

By Jim Park

In this Q&A we sit down with Tom Reader, director of marketing for ELDs at JJ Keller and Associates to talk about how fleets and shippers are learning to cope with the changes that will come with electronic logs.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Kottke Trucking Analyzes Freight to Improve Revenue per Mile

Being able to analyze the profitability of loads, lanes, customers and more has helped Kottke Trucking increase revenue. Photo: Kottke Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Kottke Trucking's search for more insight into their operations eventually led them to TCG’s Activity-Based Costing and Profitability Management Tools. The fleet says it’s seen an increase in revenue per mile of 10.5% over the past 18 months by using TCG’s Cost Information System to make better decisions.

Tags: Operating Costs, Analytics, Revenues, Big Data

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star’s 6900XD Heavy, Heavy Hauler

Western Star’s new 6900XD, hooked to a SmithCo 70-ton side dump trailer. Photos: John G. Smith

By Jim Park

Western Star’s 6900XD pulls 70 metric tons through a dirt road course and comes through with flying colors.

Tags: Western Star, Severe Duty, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Extreme Duty Trucks

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

A Different Approach to Fuel Efficiency Coaching

Our test truck was a rented 2013 Volvo VNL. Vnomic’s development test truck is in the background. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vnomics’ True Fuel is a monitoring device that encourages drivers to do better without getting on their nerves or taking away drivability, while providing back-office data that helps fleets coach and instruct drivers on better driving habits to save fuel.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Vnomics

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Kenworth T680 Shows off Lightweight Specs

Kenworth says the tractor weighs about 15,000 pounds with 100 gallons of fuel. Among the lightweight components are the standard aluminum cab and optional Alcoa wheels. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Even with a roomy sleeper, this T680 scales at just 14,200 pounds, making heavy payloads possible.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, T680, Lightweighting

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 2016 Trailers Update

By Tom Berg

New features displayed at truck shows and announced separately cut weight, add ruggedness and utility.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Tankers, Dropdeck Trailers, Flatbed Trailers

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

It's Not Really About the Name on the Box

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Things can get confusing when a truck is down and a part is needed to complete a repair. Which part is right in a given situation can be hard to tell, and often it has nothing to do with whose name is on the box the part comes in..

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why You Should Consider Advanced Safety Systems

Lytx, which specializes in video-based telematics systems, says the vehicle, the driver and the environment all must be taken into account for “significant and enduring safety improvements.”

By Jack Roberts

With all of the advancements in the past 5-10 years, there is a strong case, both financially and in terms of sheer practicality, for fleets to evaluate and spec advanced safety systems on their trucks today.

Tags: Driver Safety, Active Safety Systems, Safety

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Autonomous by Retrofit

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

A $30,000 self-driving kit available as an aftermarket retrofit for existing trucks... strikes me as something pretty remarkable.

Tags: Automation, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Retention Begins With Recruiting

Photo: Boyd Bros

By David Cullen

You want to develop a satisfied workforce of drivers who view their employer as a committed partner rather than the highest bidder at the moment. It’s not easy. It requires not just the efforts of the recruiting department, but the engagement of top management.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Cummins ISX15, Still Growing and Evolving After 18 Years of Service [Video]

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

As engine platforms go, Cummins' ISX has to be considered slightly remarkable. It survived the transition to EGR and then to SCR aftertreatment -- while several other engines did not -- and it's still very much alive and kicking today.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins ISX15, Engines, Test Drive

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Eaton's Kartch Talks About Growing Importance of the Aftermarket

Amy Kartch director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton Photo via Eaton

By Denise Rondini

Amy Kartch, director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton, shared her thoughts on the major issues facing the aftermarket, what Eaton is doing to help overcome those challenges, and what she sees for the future.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Eaton Corp., Q&A

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Be Proactive With Tank Corrosion Prevention

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Del Williams

In truck, rail tankers and beyond, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics can stop corrosion, improve safety, extend equipment life and minimize maintenance and downtime.

Tags: Corrosion, Tankers, Preventative Maintenance

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Devil's in the Details of California Emissions Dream

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Yes, it’s a worthy goal to improve the environment and public health by reducing emissions. But you can’t blame trucking for looking at proposals to further cut NOx with a good bit of trepidation.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, GHG, NOx

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Myths About Heavy-Duty Truck Parts

The trucking industry is rife with misperceptions about parts that make it difficult for fleet managers to be sure they are getting the parts they need.

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry is rife with misconceptions about parts that make it difficult for fleet managers to be sure they are getting the parts they need.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Bendix, Parts and Service

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Reduce Technician Turnover

By Denise Rondini

Bad bosses and job duties that don’t meet employee expectations are the two main reasons technicians leave their jobs, according to Dick Finnegan, CEO of C-Suite Analytics, an employee engagement and retention consulting firm.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Private Fleet Tackles Turbulence To Improve Fuel Economy

Streamlined Peterbilt 567s pull Great Dane and Utility vans with Laydon side skirts and Air Tab vortex generators. “All you have to do is ride a motorcycle behind the trailers to notice the difference” between them and bare trailers, says John Drake, the fleet manager. Photo: Duplainville Transport

By Tom Berg

Duplainville Transport’s aerodynamic tractor-trailers average 7.7 mpg on trips among printing plants operated by its parent, QuadGraphics.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Trailer Aerodynamics

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What the Labor Department's New Overtime Rules Mean for Trucking

By Alexander L. Maultsby

In May the United States Department of Labor published new regulations that will affect who may be paid a salary and who must be paid by the hour. The changes, which take effect December 1, 2016, dramatically change the landscape for employers.

Tags: Overtime, Salary, Department of Labor, Driver Pay

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Idle Reduction is Key for Ohio Construction Fleet

The newest Kenworths in the construction firm’s fleet are T880s, like this multi-axle flatbed truck with a National 27-ton on-board crane. They carry and lift materials and mechanical equipment at heavy bridge and industrial projects, and engines run hydraulic pumps to operate the cranes. Thus idle-reduction isn’t always possible.

By Tom Berg

How do you save fuel in a work-truck and heavy-haul operation? “Leave the truck parked,” quips Wayne Queen, trucking yard manager at Kokosing Construction.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Idle Reduction, Construction Fleets, Kenworth T880

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Uber, Amazon, and What the Sharing Economy Means for Freight Hauling

Uber, of course, is part of the move to the "Uber-ization" of freight too.

By Deborah Lockridge

Despite all the talk of the “uberization” of trucking and tons of venture capital poured into startups that promise cheap same-day delivery, companies like FedEx and UPS aren’t likely going anywhere soon — but Amazon has been and will continue to be disruptive to the logistics business, according to Richard “Dick” Metzler, chief marketing officer of uShip.

Tags: Amazon.com, 3PL, uShip, Freight Uberization

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Economy at Any Size

It’s been a long-standing rule: Whether burning propane, gasoline, natural gas or diesel, engines in the parcel carrier’s package cars are shut off when drivers leave to make a delivery or pick-up. Photo: UPS

By Tom Berg

UPS has 90,000 trucks, tractors and package cars around the world is known for its push to adopt alternative fuels and powertrains, which run “green miles.” But the greenest miles are the ones you never run, says the giant parcel carrier.

Tags: Green Fleets, UPS, Fuel Economy

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Drivers Can Dial Up MPG

Henry Albert, veteran owner-operator from Mooresville, N.C., is exceptionally good at squeezing more miles out of each gallon of fuel. Photo: Albert Transport

By Jack Roberts

An accomplished owner-operator offers his advice on what it takes to drive fuel efficiently. He contends that if drivers want to achieve high fuel economy numbers, they simply cannot drive like they always have.

Tags: Fuel-Saving Tips, Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Owner Operators

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Friendly Competition Helps RRR Drivers Improve MPG

From the OE fuel economy spec through testing add-on aero devices and making sure trucks and trailers are properly maintained, RRR Transportation tackles fuel economy from all directions. Photos: RRR Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

With a bevy of fuel-saving options on its 65 tractors and its 100-plus refrigerated trailers, drivers have a head start at RRR Transportation – but it still takes driver skill and a little friendly competition to hit those double digits.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Competition

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Ways Aerodynamics Save Fuel

The National Research Council of Canada studied 30% scale models in its 29-foot wind tunnel. Photo: National Research Council of Canada

By Jim Park

Everyone knows reducing aerodynamic drag saves fuel, but figuring out which aero devices make sense is a challenge. A multi-year Canadian study offers insight into which types of devices and combinations provide the greatest benefits.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Saving Fleets: Cooper Makes An Every Day Effort

Cooper Freight celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Its 8.5-mpg fleet average would no doubt astound its founders. Photos: Cooper

By Deborah Lockridge

By staying on top of data and its drivers, Cooper Freight makes its quest for better fuel economy an every day effort.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Idle Reduction, TrailerTail

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Tires contribute approximately 25-35% of a truck’s total rolling resistance. The less rolling resistance, the less energy it takes to move the truck. And a tire with less or thinner tread requires less energy to move than a deep-treaded tire.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Low-rolling Resistance, Tires and Wheels

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan’s Titan XD Gas

XD's maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What does it take for a pickup to be considered “American”? Nissan is a Japanese company, but its Titan XD is American all the way through.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Test Drive

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Saving Fleets: Ursa Sees High MPG in the Real World

Long- and short-haul truckload carrier Ursa Logistics reports that its best trucks are running at close to 10 mpg.

By David Cullen

Ursa Logistics reports that the long- and short-haul truckload carrier's best trucks are getting close to 10 mpg in certain real world conditions.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fuel Economy, Truckload

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways You Can Use Technology to Cut Fuel Use

LinkeDrive’s Pedal Coach provides instant feedback on driver performance delivered to the driver’s smartphone. Photo: LinkeDrive

By Jim Beach

Whether you’re looking to improve mpg or reduce overall fuel use and cost, automated routing and dispatching systems, telematics, in-cab nav, analytics and other systems improve efficiencies, reduce unproductive miles and monitor drivers and equipment.

Tags: Telematics, Fuel Cards, Driver Behavior, Fuel Economy, Routing

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-MPG Fleets: Halvor Lines On the Cutting Edge

The nationwide carrier regards the mpg potential of its 2016 tractors as “a work in progress.” The fleet says that it enjoys “great relationships” with OEMs, which “know we want to be on the cutting edge and are willing to try different things” to boost fuel efficiency. Photos: Halvor Lines Inc.

By David Cullen

While nearly 20% of its fleet already averages over 8 mpg, Halvor Lines Inc. is hopeful its newest tractors — some 100 model-year 2016 units — will earn the distinction of becoming their first 10-mpg trucks.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Fleet Profile, Halvor Lines

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Independent Aftermarket Getting Poised for the Future

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets want to have as much choice for parts acquisition as possible, so having a strong independent aftermarket is important.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride, Distributors, Auto Parts

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

This “aerodynamically optimized road train” concept truck from MAN and Krone, both prominent vehicle builders in Europe, was showcased at the 2012 IAA commercial truck show in Hanover, Germany. The builders said it could save 25% in fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. Photo: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

A fundamental shift in thinking has transformed the trucking industry and ushered in a new era of highly advanced vehicles delivering unprecedented fuel savings. But it’s only the beginning.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Future Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Electric on the Cheap?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With a new twist engineered by giant United Parcel Service and the tiny Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group, once a Navistar property, the electric hybrid is looking better than it has in quite some time.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Hybrid Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

8 Steps to Better MPG Through Maintenance

Proper alignment is an often-overlooked maintenance task that can have a significant effect on fuel economy. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Deborah Lockridge

We asked leading fleet maintenance managers and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency for tips on how preventive maintenance can help improve fuel economy.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Technicians, Preventative Maintenance, Repair Shops

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Finding and Keeping Drivers in A. Duie Pyle's Dedicated Fleet Business

 Photo courtesy A. Duie Pyle.

By Deborah Lockridge

A. Duie Pyle's Customized Solutions Group aims to take the headaches of running a private fleet off of customers' hands. We talked to the head of CSG to learn more about how it deals with the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Private Fleets, Driver Retention, A. Duie Pyle, Dedicated Fleets

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Fleets Answer the Question, 'How's Business?'

The percentage of fleets' parked trucks in the first quarter of 2016 is the highest in a year, but is only one of several signs of a slowing trucking business and overall economy.

By Evan Lockridge

After enduring a bruising first quarter that saw falling profits at many fleets, it comes as no surprise that in a second quarter survey of business conditions fleet executives are feeling a bit down.

Tags: Economy, Utilization, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Freight

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Taking the First Step to Wellness

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Fleets report they are losing drivers who can no longer re-certify to drive after health issues were uncovered under newer more stringent DOT physical procedures.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Retention

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Breaking the 10 MPG Barrier

10 mpg is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off?

By Jim Park

10 miles per gallon is more of a line in the sand than the barrier it was once thought to be. Can 11 mpg be far off?

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.B. Hunt's Shelley Simpson on Logistics Trends, Diversity and More

Shelley Simpson. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking.

By Deborah Lockridge

Shelley Simpson is executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of integrated capacity solutions and truckload for J.B. Hunt. Earlier this year, she received the Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award for 2016. She talks to HDT about logistics trends, the importance of diversity and more.

Tags: 3PL, J.B. Hunt, Women in Trucking Association, Logistics, Q&A

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