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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: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Tankers

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: Preventive Maintenance, Fuel Economy, Technicians, 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

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Concept Truck Boasts 30% Lower Fuel Use

By Rolf Lockwood

With almost one-third lower fuel consumption. Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Global, Volvo Group, Concept Vehicles

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Talks About Piston Technology in Latest Engines

By Deborah Lockridge

The Volvo Group’s new truck engines in the U.S. are more fuel efficient thanks in part to a new piston design, which has "waves" on the piston crown that improve oxygen utilization.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Engines, Volvo Group

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Isuzu’s Shaun Skinner

Isuzu's Shaun Skinner Photo: Chris Wolski

By Mike Antich, Editor, Automotive Fleet

Shaun Skinner was recently appointed president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. He succeeds Hisao Sasaki, who has returned to Japan. Mike Antich, Editor of HDT sister publication Work Truck, interviewed Skinner at the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Knight Keeps Drivers Covered With SmartDrive’s Video-Safety Program

SmartDrive representatives at Knight's service center answered any questions that drivers had about the video monitoring system.

By Steven Martinez

After a successful pilot program, Knight Transportation has decided to install the SmartDrive event recorder system in its entire fleet to protect its drivers and coach them on improved driving habits.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Knight Transportation

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Juan Klinehoffer, the “wheel man” at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

By Tom Berg

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Heavy-Haul Trailers Get Lighter

Low deck heights, as on XL Specialized’s XL 80, allow carrying of extra-high loads. The hydraulic mechanism on this trailer’s removable gooseneck is powered by 13-hp Honda engine. In other systems, a tractor’s PTO runs a pump to supply hydraulic pressure. Photo:  XL Specialized

By Tom Berg

You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.

Tags: Trailers, Heavy Haul, Lightweighting, Dropdeck Trailers

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Promises Quick Payback

Hyliion founder Tom Healy poses with the first prototype of the hybrid system. The company is currently driving and testing a newer and more improved, third prototype. Photos: Hyliion

By Tom Berg

A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem being developed by a group of engineers at Hyliion Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. The device, which for now has no official name, is undergoing road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017,

Tags: Trailers, Tandem Axle, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Options for Dealing With the Technician Shortage

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

No matter how well-made trucks are, they are going to break down occasionally, and they will always require maintenance on a regular basis. Enter the need for finding qualified technicians and then retaining them.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Technicians, Retention

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

The front-end styling is fresh, but Supe rDuty steel cabs, including this five-man crew type, carry over from previous model. The tight front-wheel cut makes the truck highly maneuverable. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Test Drive

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tribe Express Takes the Long View on Driver Retention

Photo: Tribe Transportation

By David Cullen

Boasting a turnover rate as low as 33%, Tribe Express’ roster includes veteran truckers between 50 and 60 years old, as well as an increasing number of younger (age 28 to 35) and female drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Fleet Profile, Driver Retention

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ELDs: What Happens When You Have to Rent a Truck?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Truck rental and leasing companies say the electronic logs mandate presents problems for them and their customers.

Tags: TRALA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Figuring Out DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters appeared in 2007 model-year trucks. After nearly 10 years we are still grappling with maintenance issues.

By Jim Park

DPF and aftertreatment systems may be a maintenance nightmare, but they aren’t going away. It’s up to you to figure them out.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, DPF

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern Maintenance Manager: Cutting Waste in the Shop

One way to use Lean in the shop is to look for ways to cut wasted time and movement by technicians. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

What can the modern maintenance manager learn from productivity tools designed for manufacturing? Quite a lot.

Tags: Maintenance, Productivity, Repair Shops

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