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March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Construction Services Fleet Tests Hybrid System in the Field

The construction-services company BMC is running a pilot program with XL Hybrids to test two delivery vans equipped with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. Photos: BMC

By Steven Martinez

By converting two delivery trucks with an XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System from XL Hybrids, BMC is testing the waters on a greener fleet Colorado.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, BMC

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Forrest Lucas on Starting and Building Lucas Oil Products

Forrest Lucas at the bottling conveyer belts in Lucas Oil's second plant in Corydon, Indiana. Photo: Lucas Oil

By Stephane Babcock

In this Q&A we sit down with Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products and talk about his early life, building a company and the lessons he has learned in the past 27 years in the lubricants industry.

Tags: Leadership, Lubricants, Fuel and Oil, People, Q&A

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Backing off Back Pain

While back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting, the misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

By David Cullen

Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Exploring the World of 6x2 Drive Axles

6x2 drive axles are emerging in different configurations, including forward liftable axles. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are slowly adopting 6x2 drive axle configurations as manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Here's an overview of the latest offerings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Lift Axle, 6x2

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Video: Driving Isuzu's Low Cab Forward NPRs

Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently drove a pair of NPRs on streets and freeways in the Los Angeles Basin for this edition of our Focus On video series. He found them highly capable and fun to drive, as well.

Tags: Isuzu, Isuzu N-Series, Cabovers

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: The Connected Shop

Computers in the shop have become commonplace. The modern maintenance manager is moving beyond that to data analytics and predictive maintenance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge and Jim Park

From remote diagnostics to predictive analytics, being on top of maintenance today means using data and connections.

Tags: Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Connected Diagnostics

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Wheel-Offs Again

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

When it comes to wheel-offs, the mainstream press, and even some of the less well informed enforcement folk, always look to the driver first to find fault.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Tires, Wheel-offs

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo's Unique 6x2 Tractor Platform

Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Sometimes called a "pusher" or "dead axle," Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed, providing additional fuel savings over the straight 6x2 setup.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Video Series, Ultimate Test Drive, Lift Axle

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Keep Looking for a Faster Horse

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Throughout history, people have conceptualized the technological future only as a fancier version of the present.

Tags: Technology, Truck Platooning, 3D Printing, Freight Uberization, Drones

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen

This year’s honorees, from fleets both large and small, are leading the way in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, pushing the envelope on fuel efficiency, using data analysis to drive out waste in equipment and maintenance, and more.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC Members Share Corrosion Experience, Advice

Aggressive road salts can do a number on sheet metal, like the rear of this cab, especially if maintenance is ignored.

By Tom Berg

At the recent meeting of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council, fleet members talked about road salt-induced corrosion and how to combat it.

Tags: TMC, Corrosion, Road Salt

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: It's Wait and See for Fleets in 2016

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

By Evan Lockridge

One transportation analyst described 2015 as disappointment on the heels of a strong 2014 and this year may end up being more of the same.

Tags: Economy, Market Analysis

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Tools, Tires

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits

Upfitters will assemble exactly what’s spec’d, but need an advance warning of any special materials required. And, do the specs account for how the truck will be used and include input from the workers who’ll use it? Are the chassis’ wheelbase and cab-to-axle dimensions, among other things, correct for the body? Photos: Auto Truck Group

By Mike Antich

Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Bodies, Upfitters

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Pay Analyst: No Silver Bullet to Solve Driver Shortage

By Steven Martinez

With a subdued economy, high turnover at large carriers and looming regulations, there is unlikely to be a single solution to the driver shortage problem.

Tags: Driver Turnover, Driver Pay

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Doing More to Solve the Technician Shortage

From left, George Arrants, Kenneth Calhoun, Dave Williams, and moderator Lou Stumpp from Navistar. Photos: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking needs to do more to get the technicians of tomorrow educated and into truck shops. That was the message of a standing-room only panel discussion Tuesday morning at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

Tags: TMC, Technicians

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

Drivers may falsify paper logs for various reasons. The best way to identify a false log is by comparing the log with related documents to verify whether the driver’s entires are indeed true and correct. Photos: Jim Park

By Tom Bray

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Compliance, Hours of Service, E-logs

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Keeping DPFs Clean

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Exhaust gas circulation valves and coolers and DPFs have been around since 2007, but not all fleets have a good understanding of the proper cleaning cycle.

Tags: Emissions, Aftermarket Parts, Diesel Particulate Filter

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Transpower's Electric Heavy-Duty Tractor

TransPower’s ElecTruck could change the way we view electric trucks.

By Jim Park

The totally electric ElecTruck could change the way we view electric vehicles in the Class 8 space.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Erb Group Takes Safety to a New Level

Input from the maintenance staff resulted in this custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.

Tags: Maintenance, Reefers, Safety

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus

Using the Urge to Move feature, the UltraShift Plus and Detroit DD16 diesel repeatedly started this 125,000-pound rig on a 15% upgrade, though it stalled on the first try. The demo driver said, “This engine’s been acting up.” Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

Tags: Transmissions, Vocational Trucks, UltraShift Plus, Eaton, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

UPS Goes Green With Workhorse

The new Workhorse walk-in van is a 16,000- to 19,500-pound GVWR hybrid-electric delivery vehicle. It features a choice of wheelbases from 157 to 208 inches and includes the truckmaker’s new narrow-track W-88 chassis with E-GEN drivetrain. Photo: UPS

By Lauren Fletcher

UPS purchased 125 new technology hybrid-electric delivery trucks manufactured by Workhorse Group Inc., as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Hybrid Trucks

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Bridging the Extremes

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How do we make the latest technologies attractive to folks who don’t pull white vans down smooth highways?

Tags: Information Technology, Diagnostics, Predictive Analytics, Rodeo du Camion

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A Crude Awakening

Source: EIA

By Evan Lockridge

With all the hoopla lately over the plummeting crude oil prices, you may not have noticed a recent change in U.S. policy that could send prices in the other direction.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Should You Own Your Software?

The majority of software products offered in the telematics, mobile communication and GPS tracking space are SaaS models. Photo: NetworkFleet

By Jim Beach

Most trucking software in daily use is provided by Software-as-a-Service subscription-based delivery model.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, SaaS

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2016

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driving Into the Future

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Autonomous vehicles, platooning, 3D printing, drones and more could change the equipment you buy and how you serve customers.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printing, Drones

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Managing Today's Technicians

By Deborah Lockridge

With trucks turning into sophisticated equipment resembling computers on wheels, plus increasing emphasis on uptime, controlling costs, and safety and compliance, today’s technicians need to know how to do much more than turn a wrench.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Technician Training, Technicians

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Old Dominion's David Bates on the Keys to the LTL's Success

Photo courtesy ODFL

By Deborah Lockridge

Old Dominion Freight Line, founded by Earl and Lillian Congdon as a one-truck operation in Richmond, Va., in 1934, today is one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers, and one of the largest trucking companies overall, in the United States. We talked to David Bates, senior vice president of operations, about the company’s success.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Custom App Helps Covenant Meet Ever-Expanding Needs

Photo: Covenant Transportation Group

By Stephane Babcock

In the ever-changing world of technology, Covenant Transportation Group is taking advantage of the ever-increasing evolution of some of the smallest of these gadgets — the smartphone.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleet Profile, Mobile Apps

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Truck Tires Have Evolved

New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly.

By Jim Park

The tread designs of medium- and heavy-duty truck tires have become more sophisticated and tailor-made for specific applications and wheel positions.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Yokohama, Goodyear, Michelin, Continental

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: Downsizing, Aftermarket Parts, Collision Avoidance Technology, Aerodynamics, Truck Platooning, Telematics, Hybrid Trucks, HDAW, Future Trucks, Information Technology

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

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