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February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Technologies That Will Affect Trucking and the Aftermarket

Bendix's Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system. Image: Bendix

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry aftermarket is being bombarded with technology, and that trend is not likely to go away any time soon, according to industry analyst Derek Kaufman.

Tags: telematics, Downsizing, Aftermarket Parts, Aerodynamics, Truck Platooning, Hybrid Trucks, Collision Mitigation, HDAW, Information Technology, Future Trucks

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD's a Big Leap Forward

The 2016 XD’s exterior styling will be shared with a gasoline-engine XD and with regular Titans. Thanks to lower spring and shock rates than on ¾-ton pickups, an XD rides better over pavement and rough terrain. Photo: Nissan NA

By Tom Berg

The beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between ½-ton and ¾-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins power.

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

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Look at the California-Compliant Trailer

It doesn’t take much to meet CARB’s 2010 requirements for trailer aero, but even this can be too much for some fleets.

By Jim Park

There’s a California-compliant trailer in your future, whether you want it or not. But what’s not to want?

Tags: CARB, Trailers, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aerodynamics

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Efforts Under Way to Get More Training to Independent Garages

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Component suppliers and others are making moves to ensure technicians at independent repair garages are well trained.

Tags: fleet maintenance, Garage, Repair Shops

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Will Global Interest Spur DME Adoption in North America?

DME was one of a number of alternative fuels tested in Europe by Volvo in real-world service with hauling firms. Photo: Volvo

By Deborah Lockridge

Low oil and diesel prices have dampened interest in alternative fuels, and dimethyl ether, more commonly known as DME, is no exception. But will global interest in DME hasten its adoption as a fuel in North America?

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Not to Lose Sleep Over Apnea

A common therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP. Photos: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By David Cullen

Despite sleep apnea’s devastating impact on highway safety and personal well-being, truck drivers can be easily and affordably treated for this common medical condition.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

8 Ways to Make Outsourcing Work For You

If you choose the right service provider, their technicians can even take diagnostic tools out into the field.  Photo: Travel Center

By Denise Rondini

Many fleets have tried outsourcing, only to bring their maintenance and repair work back in house because of negative experiences. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Tags: Outsourcing, fleet maintenance, Repair Shops

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Year Brings Hope From Washington

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

The year went quickly, but that’s because so much happened — largely good in our trucking sphere. You don’t need me to review things, but a couple of developments late in 2015 leave me very hopeful about what lies ahead.

Tags: CSA, Alternative Fuels, Highway Bill

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Options For Buying Used

Paccar Financial runs several lots that sell vehicles just in from leases, mostly Kenworths and Peterbilts. Photo: Packer Financial

By Tom Berg

Low interest rates for loans and growing supplies of used equipment help buyers, and there are hundreds of places to shop.

Tags: Interest Rates, Dealers, Used Trucks, Auctions

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Congress Pulls a FAST One on Highway Funding

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The simple fact that we finally have a long-term bill is good news yet for a bill that is supposed to be about funding the updating and upkeep of our nation’s highways and bridges, the “funding” portion is disappointing.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Safety Profiles No Easy Fix

By David Cullen

Technology can help, but polishing a safety profile will always be about improving driver behavior and equipment maintenance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, BASIC, Safety & Compliance

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: ATA Chairman Pat Thomas on What's Ahead in Lobbying

Photo: UPS

By David Cullen

Pat Thomas, senior vice president of State Government Affairs for UPS, and current chairman of the American Trucking Associations, speaks to HDT on the lobbying year ahead.

Tags: UPS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Regulations

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Size Matters: Changes Kick in to the Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

By By Bill Thomas, Burnham Benefits Insurance Service

Changes to the Affordable Care Act means more companies will be joining the ranks of "small group employers" under the rules. Here's what that means to you.

Tags: Affordable Care Act

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Four Lessons to Learn From 2015

By Evan Lockridge

We’ve all heard the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s one to take to heart looking back at 2015.

Tags: Regulations, Ports, Freight Capacity, Highway Bill

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Special Dumps Haul Bulk and Palletized Cargo Near and Far

Photo: East Manufacturing

By Tom Berg

Long-hauling is usually done with vans, reefers and flatbeds. But a little-noticed segment of trucking uses dump trailers that carry a wide variety of commodities.

Tags: Trailers, Fleet Profile, Bulk Hauling, Dump Trailers

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Alkane Achieves DOT Compliance, Builds New Assembly Facility

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

By IMI

Alkane Truck Co. recently achieved compliance certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation for its propane-fueled Class 7 cab-over-engine trucks, which will be assembled at a new plant in South Carolina starting in 2016.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Holidays Are a Time for Reflection

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By Steven Martinez

As the year comes to a close for us here at Heavy Duty Trucking, we take a look back at 2015 through the eyes of our readers by posting 10 of our most popular feature articles of the year.

Tags: Christmas

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

5 Tips to Prevent Wheel Separation

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrench must be used to set the nuts. Retorquing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Research into past incidents shows inadequate maintenance is the root cause of most wheel separation incidents.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Wheel Separations, Tires and Wheels

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Today’s Trailer Landing Gear

Rust and corrosion are not just a problem for the exterior, it can also creep into the interior parts, which is why it’s important to ensure that all components are kept greased and free of moisture and corrosive chlorides. Photo: Jost International

By Stephane Babcock

Landing gear can make a driver’s job that much easier at the beginning and end of a haul, depending on how well the components are protected and how well they work together.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Landing Gear

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Must You Provide Only Positive D&A Tests to Prospective Employers? Negative!

By Betty Weiland

When a motor carrier receives an inquiry into a current or former driver’s drug and alcohol testing history, what specifically is the company required to release?

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, Employment, Alcohol Testing

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

6 Takeaways from 2015 in Truck Parts and Service

Like the driver shortage, the need to find qualified technicians is an ongoing problem. Photo by Paul Hartley

By Denise Rondini

The truck parts and service aftermarket got a lot of attention in 2015, as the focus of many fleets shifted to total cost of operation rather than cost per mile. This shined a bright spotlight on maintenance and repair practices as ways to keep asset utilization high.

Tags: Technicians, Brakes, Remanufactured Parts, Right to Repair, Aftermarket Parts, Counterfeit Parts

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reduce Your Maintenance Burden With Air Disc Brakes

Air disc brakes require minimal routine maintenance. Most of the moving parts are internal. Brake pads will often last for the first life of a tractor. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

When you look at the reduced and simplified maintenance requirements of air disc brakes, better stopping power becomes the icing on the cake.

Tags: fleet maintenance, Brakes, Air Disc Brake

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: What Economic Indicators Tell Us About Shifting Freight Trends

By Evan Lockridge

Recent reports on freight movements, shipper spending and even the spot market can be downright confusing if you’re trying to figure what’s happening to the nation’s freight market and overall economic health.

Tags: Freight, Manufacturing, Economic Forecast

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: New MX-11 Engine Performs for Peterbilt

Peterbilt service engineer Chadd Christian’s fingers indicate sensors for EGR, turbocharger and humidity. His thumb points to the variable-geometry turbo’s water-cooled electronic controls. The big U-shaped device is the air cleaner box with the intake air filter inside. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Truckers who used to crave a long-nose Pete with a big-bore engine might be surprised by Paccar’s new smaller powerhouse.

Tags: PACCAR, Peterbilt, Test Drive, MX-11

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining Air Springs and Shock Absorbers

This brand-new air spring won’t need much attention until it’s worked for many miles and its rubber bag ages through contact with the elements. Its operating range is 40 to 100 psi. Photo: ContiTech North America

By Tom Berg

Air suspensions are subject to wear and aging, and must be regularly inspected and repaired or replaced when necessary.

Tags: TMC, Suspensions, Air Springs

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Everything in Moderation (Including Additives)

Cold-flow additives don't work the same way as de-icers. Photo courtesy Advanced Fuel Solutions

By Paul Nazzaro, Advanced Fuel Solutions

Want to prevent fuel gelling in your trucks this winter? Using too much cold-weather fuel additives can actually make things worse rather than better. Learn why.

Tags: Winter, Fuel, Fuel Additive

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Testing Out Dana's Dual Range Disconnect [Video]

By Jim Park

First revealed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, Dana's Dual Range Disconnect drive axle system gives users the fuel savings of a downsped 6x2 drivetrain and the traction and performance of a conventional 6x4 setup. How's that possible you ask?

Tags: Dana Spicer, Advantek40, Downspeed, 6x2, Test Drive

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A New View of Truck Repair

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

While truck dealers and other service providers may not be able to do anything to fix the driver shortage, they can play a big role in helping keep trucks on the road longer, which can reduce the need for additional drivers.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, ACT Research, Technicians, Uptime

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Can Mobile Apps Do For You?

Trucker Path, San Jose, Calif., recently added load matching features to its lineup of mobile apps. The company introduced a trip planning app in 2013. Photo: Trucker Path

By Jim Beach

There are hundreds of applications for commercial truck drivers and fleet managers and more are announced every week - so how do you navigate the blizzard of mobile apps to find the best ones for you?

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Analytics, Mobile Apps

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Accounting Standards Will Affect Lease Reporting

Photo courtesy PacLease

By Staff

For companies that lease vehicles – finance and full-service – new accounting standards will impact their financial reporting, but result in little change to their operations.

Tags: Leasing, FASB, PacLease

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Gizmology Games

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

While driver-assisting technology is capable of making us safer, in reality it is rarely frustration free.

Tags: Information Technology, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Assistance Systems, Adaptive Cruise Control

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Trends to Track in 2016

From the economy to driver recruitment/retention, there will be several familiar faces in the trends to follow closely in the new year.

By David Cullen

From the economy to driver recruitment and retention, there will be several familiar faces in the trends to follow closely in the new year.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Industry Trends, 34-Hour Restart

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 10 Things to Take Away From the Year of the Driver

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

With another year behind us, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look back at the year of the driver.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Driver Pay, Owner Operators

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Class 8 Update: Sales and New Products

By Tom Berg

After an up and down year of sales and a new one on the horizon, all of the major truck manufacturers are showcasing their visions for the future.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Truck Orders, OEMs

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Wabco Americas Chief Talks About Braking, Safety Tech and More

Jon Morrison. Photo courtesy Wabco.

By Deborah Lockridge

This summer, Wabco Holdings named Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit. He has spent 30 years in the global transportation industry and most recently served as president, North America for American Axle & Manufacturing. We sat down with him to find out more about his first few months in the position.

Tags: Global, Wabco, Collision Avoidance, Q&A, Air Disc Brakes

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

10 Things You Might Not Know About LNG

LNG is trucked from the plant to fueling facilities at fleets or truckstops. The trailers are built like a Thermos bottle, with an inner and outer skin. Photo: Pivotal

By Deborah Lockridge

Lower diesel prices may have slowed interest in natural gas fuel, but liquefied natural gas can still be a good fit for certain applications.

Tags: LNG, Pivotal LNG

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs

Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Strong Trailers Take Trash to Landfills

A loaded Titan Thinwall trash-transfer trailer awaits transport outside a county facility near Delaware, Ohio. Though far from new, its aluminum welded-tube sides remain straight and unbowed. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trash-transfer trailers are highly specialized vehicles that must endure potentially destructive cargoes, yet they hold up for years of constant service.

Tags: Trailers, Waste Management, Waste Fleet

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Safety Director Offers Steps to Success

Hartman does not hesitate to tell drivers that they are the most important part of McLeod’s business at the beginning of each orientation and througout their employment. Photo: McLeod Express

By Mitzi Hartman

A fleet safety director offers tips on how to successfully promote safety within a fleet.

Tags: driver safety, Fleet Safety, Driver Safety Tips

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

OEMs Step up Efforts to Help Fleets Improve Total Cost of Ownership

Denise L. Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It seems like truck makers are acknowledging they have fallen short in their efforts to help fleets improve uptime and lower their total cost of ownership.

Tags: Aftermarket, OEMs, Uptime

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec’ing Charging, Starting and Battery Systems

No matter what type of batteries you use, they need to be securely mounted to the truck to prevent damage from vibration.

By Jim Park

If you haven’t spec’d a truck in the past few years, you might be surprised by how much the truck’s electrical needs have changed.

Tags: Vehicle Spec'ing, Starters, Alternators, Battery

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar MX-11 Pulls Stronger Than Expected

The MX-11 looks rather ordinary, but performs like a bigger diesel. Six ratings, from 355 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,550 lb-ft, will be available. Both test vehicles had the top rating. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The new diesel from Kenworth and Peterbilt’s parent makes impressive power and torque, and saves 400 pounds over larger diesels.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Diesel Engines, Peterbilt, MX-11

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Distributor Takes Action on Improving Parts Buying Experience

Photo: Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Action Truck Parts recently moved to a more visual customer experience offering more of a retail approach to parts purchasing.

Tags: Retail Sales, Aftermarket Parts, Customer Satisfaction, Distributors, Parts and Service

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

California Fleet Diversifies to Serve Customer Needs

Dependable Highway Express, which provides truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, is just one of The Dependable Companies’ divisions. Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

The Dependable Companies talks providing value to customers through diversification of services in this Fleet Talk profile.

Tags: Fleet Services, Diversified Products, Fleet Profile

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Suspension Maintenance Items You Might Overlook

All bolts must be properly tightened and periodically checked for proper torque. Telltale signs of loose fasteners include shiny areas and weeping rust around them. Photo: Reyco Granning

By Tom Berg

These complex mechanisms cushion the truck, load and driver, but too often are victims of neglect.

Tags: fleet maintenance, Suspensions, Axles

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control Looks Ahead to Save Fuel

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades. It can be a multi-step procedure, and a driver might or might not notice them all. In rolling terrain, the system can save 1% to 2% in fuel, Kenworth says. Image: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades.

Tags: Kenworth, Adaptive Cruise Control, T680 Advantage

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why Do Wheels Come Loose?

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrenches must be used to set the nuts. Retorqueing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it.

By Jim Park

Investigations into hundreds of wheel separation incidents reveals that whether it was loosened wheel fasteners or failed bearings due to improper installation or loss of lubricant, better maintenance could have prevented all but a few of the incidents.

Tags: Wheels

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why VW’s ‘defeat device’ is different from what happened in trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

The current situation surrounding the VW emissions scandal parallels trucking’s emissions difficulties that led to the “consent decree” in 1998.

Tags: Volkswagen, Diesel Emissions, EPA

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Impact of Truck Driver Wellness Programs

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Executives at several large long-haul fleets talk about their efforts to keep drivers healthy and happy through wellness programs in the final installment of HDT's Driver Dilemma series.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Dilemma

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mobile Apps as Brokers

Trucker Path Truckloads lets users access available loads throughout North America.

By Jim Beach

According to a report by consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, mobile apps are leading the way to what they call “the Uberization” of trucking, or mobile-based freight brokering.

Tags: Information Technology, Brokers, Mobile Apps

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