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September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would stop a sideways slip as he climbs up. Handle next to door gives him a positive grip. Photo:Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

Tags: Driver Safety, Trailers, TMC

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Cummins Brings X12 to North America

The new X12 from Cummins is based on the global ISG platform. It’s not a rebranded ISX12. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A little while back, Equipment Editor Jim Park tested out Cummins' latest diesel engine, the X12. Are smaller displacements the engine trend of the future? Cummins seems to think so and is hedging its bets on the question.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Cummins X12

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

SmartValve's a Back-Saver at Meijer Logistics

Meijer Logistics driver Ron Diamond points to the button that can save him considerable work and time — and prevent an injury — during a hookup.

By Tom Berg

The Hadley device adds suspension adjustment capability and reduces cranking work for drivers.

Tags: Driver Health, Hadley Products, Landing Gear

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMW Systems, PeopleNet Hold First Joint User Conference

Brian McLaughlin, president of PeopleNet speaking at the In.Sight. conference. Photos: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

Held in Nashville, the 2016 In.Sight Conference represented the first time the two companies, both of which are owned by Trimble, had joined forces on a user conference.

Tags: Conference, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Wide-Base Tires

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Ploger Transportation Pushes 10 Mpg With a Far-From-Typical Powertrain Spec

Ploger Transportation’s diverse customer base provides a mix of light and heavy loads, many multi-stop routes and high exposure to urban environments. Photos: Ploger Transportation

By Jim Park

Ploger is a diverse carrier hauling mostly high-cube multi-drop loads to customer retail locations in urban areas predominantly east of the Mississippi.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, 6x2

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Profit Is Hiding In Dark Places

By Denise Rondini

Most fleets are operating on thin margins and that is not likely to change anytime soon. Yet many of them are missing an opportunity to add to their bottom line because they don’t have complete control over their procurement process.

Tags: Procurement, Business, Revenues

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Q&A: How Driver Relationships Drive Safety at Southern Freight Services

Kelsey Wolfe Photo: Jim Park

By Steven Martinez

Kelsey Wolfe is Southern Freight Services’ director of safety, human resources and recruiting and Heavy Duty Trucking’s pick for its 2016 Safety & Compliance Award. While safety is her primary concern, it's her relationships with the drivers that make it happen.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Safety

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Available in Hybrid and Electric Drive Systems

Many of Odyne’s hybrid systems go into utility service trucks, where they work cleanly and  silently on job sites. Public utilities, municipalities and other high-profile fleets are still interested in cutting emissions and fuel use, the manufacturer says. Photo: Odyne Systems

By Tom Berg

Interest has waned in the face of low fuel prices, but ‘price points’ are lower and the business remains active.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bringing Maintenance to the Truck

Lights, tires and the air system can all be inspected from a mobile maintenance truck at a customer’s location. Photo: Transervice Lease Corp.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets are always looking for ways to increase roll time of trucks and trailers and cut down on CSA violations. Properly equipped mobile maintenance trucks are one way that fleets are achieving it.

Tags: Ryder System, Parts and Service, Service Fleets, Uptime

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Technician Training Alliance Aims to Improve Repair Process

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

A memorandum of understanding required manufacturers to make service info available on model year 2010 trucks and newer but it did not mean that the truck makers had to provide training.

Tags: OEM, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Parts and Service

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California's Zero Emissions Vehicle Dreams

California’s Air Resources Board says zero-emissions technology is already available for delivery vehicles such as package vans and medium-duty trucks. Photo: First Priority GreenFleet/EVI

By Jack Roberts

Diesel engines are cleaner than ever. So why is the California Air Resources Board calling for more zero emissions vehicles?

Tags: CARB, Regulations, EPA, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Climbing the Data Mountain

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Managing data is utterly essential to the successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. That’s a given. But knowing it is one thing – doing it is quite another.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Zonar, Big Data

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels in the Age of Cheap Oil

Is cheaper even the issue?

By David Cullen

The slide in the price of diesel fuel over the past two years has complicated the decision to switch to alternative fuels for many fleets. But is cheap oil even the real issue?

Tags: Green Fleets, UPS, Diesel Prices, Alternative Fuels, Ryder System, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Need for Speed?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucks using speed limiters had a ratio of 1.6 crashes per 100 trucks per year, while those without had a ratio of 2.9.

Tags: Driver Safety, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Things to be Ready for in a Coercion Complaint Investigation

Photo by Jim Park

By Don Jerrell, HNI

While following up on driver coercion complaints, DOT auditors may not be finding the coercion claimed, but they are finding other issues that are causing conditional ratings and fines.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, E-logs, Driver Coercion

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GHG Phase 2: Weighing the Devil in the Details

By Jack Roberts

Agencies contend the program will provide $230 billion in net benefits to society, including benefits to our climate and the public health of Americans but the trucking industry must still deal with those costs, as well as ones the agencies might not have taken into account.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, GHG Phase 2

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

In support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets.

Tags: Inspections, Driver Safety Tips, Bendix, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Hill Climbing's Easy for mDrive and 'Downsped' MP8 Diesel

Engine cruised at 1,300 rpm at 60 and 65 mph in 11th-direct and 12th-overdrive gears, respectively. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The Pinnacle-pulled rig weighed close to 80,000 pounds. So how did it pull the hills at such low engine speeds? With 1,860 lb-ft of torque, and with no more speed loss than one would find with higher revving engines.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Downspeed, Test Drive

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: How E-commerce and Millennials are Changing Retail and Trucking

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, Seasonally Adjusted

By Evan Lockridge

Retail sales are important – not just to the overall economy, but also to trucking – and the game is changing big-time, possibly thanks to an entire generation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Millennials

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New E-Reefers Smart Move for LA Grocery Delivery

Two of D&D's trucks outfitted with Volta Air electric reefers. Photo courtesy Second Generation Cooling and Volta Air.

By Deborah Lockridge

D&D Wholesale Distributors in City of Industry, Calif., has been distributing produce, meats, poultry, grocery, non-foods, frozen foods and dairy in the Southern California area since 1979. It's responding to the state's demand for lower emissions by moving to all-electric refrigeration units for its delivery trucks.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, Solar Power, Reefer

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Next-Generation Cascadia: Driver Comfort & Safety Too

By Jim Park

The new Cascadia is loaded with improvements ranging from the layout of the gauges and switches in the driver compartment to features inside the sleeper area, including a new Driver’s Loft configuration.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Powertrain, Aero Enhancements Push Cascadia Fuel Economy

Freightliner's new Cascadia model represents fours years of work. It has tested to be 8% more efficient than the current Cascadia Evolution model. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

DTNA boss Martin Daum calls the fuel-efficiency gains with the new Cascadia mind-boggling. He said the design target was 5% over the current Cascadia Evolution model, but the design team's efforts produced a truck that bests the Evolution by a full 8%. Daum said new Cascadia in full AeroX trim is 19% more fuel efficient than the current base-model Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hottest Videos of the Summer

By HDT Staff

It’s been a long, hot summer, so relax this Labor Day and take a look at our hottest videos shot over the lazy-for-some season now drawing to a close.

Tags: Labor Day holiday

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Learn About Freightliner's Next-Generation Cascadia

By Jim Park

We've gathered all our coverage of the new Freightliner next-generation Cascadia in one spot, and will add more as we continue our coverage.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Freightliner Cascadia

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Trends in the Spot Freight Market

Graph courtesy FTR and Truckstop.com

By Staff

As FTR and Truckstop.com apply "big data" analysis to spot market pricing, Noel Perry, FTR transportation economist, offers some insights into the volatility of spot pricing and how spot prices correlate with contract pricing.

Tags: FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Truckstop.com

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

GHG Phase 2: Trucking Industry Reactions

Trailers for the first time are included in the fuel economy/GHG regs. Photo: Wabash

By Jack Roberts

Industry reactions to the final greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks tended to be [mostly] upbeat and positive, reflecting a determination to roll up the sleeves and deal with trucking’s latest reality.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Canada Scrambling to Develop ELD Standard

By Today's Trucking

Despite an early start on developing an Electronic Logging Device standard, Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule takes effect in December 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Canada, Regulations, ELDs

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage Evokes 'Large Cars'

Looking like a modern rendition of an old “large car,” the 567 Heritage is adorned with much chrome and polished metal trim.

By Tom Berg

Peterbilt Motors’ Model 567 Heritage combines a rugged-looking vocational truck with special exterior and interior trim that harkens back to the company’s West Coast origins and days of the “large car.”

Tags: Peterbilt, Test Drive, Model 567

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Quick Spin: Crane LET2 Crew Cab Seats 4

The cab sits low and well forward of the steer axle. One step and the driver and his helpers are inside and ready to go after trash &amp;ndash; after a packer body&amp;rsquo;s installed, of course.<br />Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Not all trash trucks are born alike. The model LET2 CC is a rather roomy example in a world where most refuse trucks seat two, or three in a pinch. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers his hands-on impressions.

Tags: CCC, Test Drive, Refuse Fleets

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Volvo's I-Shift with Crawler Gears

A mixer chassis sometimes needs to creep over uneven surfaces or while pouring concrete sidewalks or curbs. Depending on axle gearing, I-Shift crawler gears allow speeds as low as 0.6 mph.

By Tom Berg

Volvo’s new Crawler Gears option for the I-Shift automated manual transmission puts one or two extra-low ratios at the driver’s fingertips – or thumb tip, actually.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Initiatives to Improve Parts and Service Offerings

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Parts and service providers are making major investments to better position themselves to be the fleets’ location of choice for maintenance and repair.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Parts and Service

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&#39;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&amp;rsquo;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&amp;rsquo;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&amp;rsquo;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

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