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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, Counterfeit Parts, Aftermarket 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, Refuse Fleets

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

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The T880 was introduced a few years ago but in just six short months, orders for the new vocational platform overtook its worthy predecessor, the T800. In the heavy duty market, that's quite remarkable.

Tags: Kenworth, Ultimate Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks, Test Drive

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Legal Pot in Colorado: How it's Affected Trucking

Cannabis station, a medical marijuana dispensary, is located at the site of a former gas station in Denver. Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr through Creative Commons license.

By Greg Fulton, CMCA

It’s been almost two years since Colorado officially legalized marijuana. With other states considering similar measures, Colorado Motor Carrier Association President Greg Fulton reflects on the law and its impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: Colorado, Drug Testing

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GHG Phase 2 Rules Don't Pass OEM Muster... Yet

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

By Jim Park

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why magazines are still important

By Deborah Lockridge

A print magazine like Heavy Duty Trucking magazine may seem quaint. Old-fashioned. Yet magazines give you something you can’t get digitally.

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

Waste Management is considered a pioneer in the use of natural gas to fuel refuse trucks and averages more than 8 mpg for over the road trucks, with some units achieving 10 mpg.

By Deborah Lockridge

Industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

Tags: Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, CNG, Aerodynamics, MPG

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Jeff Sass on his First 4 Months at Navistar

Jeff Sass is senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing.

By Deborah Lockridge

Last summer, Navistar named longtime Paccar executive Jeff Sass as senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition last month to talk about his first few months on the job and what’s in store for the future.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Q&A

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Preparing Your Winter Tire Program

HDT File Photo

By Pressure Systems International

For commercial tires, fall is the best time to insure winter tire programs are completely up to speed.

Tags: Tires, Winter Equipment, Winter, Tire Pressure

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Pounding of All the Rules

By David Cullen

The compounding effect of several new safety regulations in the next few years could have more of a negative impact on industry capacity than the individual regulations themselves.

Tags: Regulations, Insurance, FTR, Capacity, ELDs

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

One Woman Driver's Take on the Driver Shortage

Art Johannson and Amanda Jones. Photo courtesy Drivewyze

By Deborah Lockridge

Amanda Jones has been on the road with husband Art Johansson for 13 years and driving for a little less than a year, so she's got some interesting perspectives on what fleets can do to attract and keep drivers, especially female ones.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Women Drivers

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Latest Threat to the Owner-Operator Model

Photo by Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

New guidance from the Department of Labor issued in July could pose a threat to the trucking industry's use of owner-operator drivers as independent contractors, with the American Trucking Associations calling it "an aggressive departure from prevailing classification standards."

Tags: Driver Shortage, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

By Tom Berg

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Engines, Lightweighting

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Will 3D Printing Affect Trucking?

The Strati is a small electric car produced largely via 3D printing. How would that kind of change in manufacturing affect trucking companies that haul mostly auto parts to factories? Photo courtesy Local Motors.

By Deborah Lockridge

Business is booming, fuel prices are down. So it’s time to start thinking about the next threat to the industry: 3D printing.

Tags: Supply Chain Management

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

In Search of Drivers

In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020.

By Deborah Lockridge

In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. Unfortunately, fleets are finding it difficult to reverse the trend. Part 1 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Hiring, Driver Pay

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