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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GT Radial Earns SmartWay Verification on Two Long-haul Tires

The GT669+ is available in the following sizes: 11R22.5, 11R24.5, and 295/75R22.5 sizes.

The GT Radial GSL213 steer tire and GT669+ drive tire from GITI Tire USA have received SmartWay verification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Studies Show Strict Fleet Cell Phone Policies More Effective Than State Cell Phone Laws

By Truckinginfo.com Staff

A fleet safety study recently released by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, suggests that companies that strictly enforce their no-cell-phone policies have a lower crash rate than companies with milder enforcement policies

Tags: Drivers

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Clore Automotive 12-Volt Commercial Charger/Starter

New from Clore Automotive is a portable 12-volt commercial jump starter with an onboard air compressor

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pallet Dawg Forklift Bumper Reduces Pallet Damage, Minimizes Waste

A new forklift bumper from BST Technologies mounts on the carriage between the forks and bumps against the center runner on a pallet to minimize pallet damage during handling and cross-docking operations

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Announces New Work-Rite Front Suspension Kits

Several new Work-Rite suspension kits have been developed by Firestone Industrial Products to provide added support to trucks carrying extra weight on the front with equipment like snowplows and winches

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rude Awakening

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor

A lot of your customers are going to find the new CSA 2010 enforcement regime painful. Helping them avoid that pain is good business

Tags: Issues

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

'People continue to sell as if they were in a quaint Norman Rockwell painting. That no longer works like it used to," said Rich Farrell, president of Tangent Knowledge Systems, during a presentation at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week earlier this year

Tags: Business

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GoClaws Alternative to Chains

GoClaws is an advanced engineered tire traction system for use in mud, sand, snow or ice

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Valvoline Expands Fuel Proof Guarantee Program

Valvoline's Fuel Proof Guarantee program has been expanded to include any fleet with an existing telematics provider

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Service for Storing Loaded Intermodal Containers, Trailers

Fast Lane Transportation, a provider of intermodal transportation and equipment services throughout California, has launched a new service that offers secure overnight load storage near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Offers Carrier Analysis Scorecards

Vigillo introduced a 3P Carrier Analysis Scorecard for shippers, brokers and underwriters

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Lubricants Revamps Oil Analysis Program

Shell Lubricants has revamped its Shell LubeAnalyst oil analysis program

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PC*MilerFuelTax 16 Automates Fuel and Mileage Tax Tracking

ALK Technologies announced the release of PC*MilerFuelTax 16, a comprehensive system that automates fuel and mileage tax tracking, calculation and reporting

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Fuel Prices Going Up, Fuel Management Needed If You Want Fuel Savings

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Diesel fuel prices are going higher, because the Department of Energy told us so last week

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vacuum Truck Features Natural Gas

Freightliner Trucks delivered what it calls the first turnkey natural gas truck upfitted with a vacuum body

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra Offers New Bluetooth Headset

The new Cobra CBTH8 Ultra Light Bluetooth Headset with T5 Sonance Noise Cancellation Technology offers long talk and standby times and light weight

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Adds ProphesyMaps with Enhanced Mapping to DispatchSeries System

Prophesy's DispatchSeries transportation management system is now available with ProphesyMaps featuring Microsoft's Bing Maps technology

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor

Cargotec is the first to launch a hydraulic hybrid drive terminal tractor offering improved performance, significant savings in fuel costs and greater reductions in nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Broken Bolt Extraction Kit Goes Nationwide

After proving its utility in specialty markets including the U.S. Military, Broken Bolt now plans to market its bolt extraction kits to truck fleets and others across the country

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: SCR vs. EGR - Curiouser and Curiouser

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A recent request for help with understanding different emissions technologies to reach the Tier 4 Interim and Final off-highway emissions rules reopened the cooled EGR vs. SCR debate for me

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pocket Truckstop Guide to Include Rest Areas

Road Life Publication's newest edition of the Pocket Truck Stop Guide now includes rest areas

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

National Truck Protection Online Inspection Program

National Truck Protection, which provides used truck warranties, has launched an online inspection system it says is an industry first

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waltco Heavy Duty, Level Ride Flipaway Liftgate

Walto Lift Corp. announced a new and improved heavy duty, level ride flipaway HLF liftgate model

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

General Introduces Wide Base Tire for Construction, Severe Service

General Truck Tires introduced its first all-position wide base tire for NAFTA, the Grabber OA Wide Base, for the severe service and construction markets, in size 445/65R22.5

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis Delivers New Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Telogis has integrated Advanced Driver Assistance Systems data from Navteq into its Telogis GeoBase geospatial platform

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Comtech's IntelliTruck fleet management system

The Intellitruck on-board system consists of a low-profile mobile data computer and a color, touchscreen in-cab unit display.

Comtech launched IntelliTruck, a feature-rich, affordable telecommunications system for fleets

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CITGO OverDrive HD Grease

Citgo says its new synthetic OverDrive HD Grease stays put and provides superior performance to protect engine parts, even under a wide variety of conditions

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Citgo Lubricants' Greenway Fleet Optimization Program

Citgo Lubricants announced a new program to optimize fleet performance, both economically and environmentally, called the Citgo HD Greenway program

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Enhanced Messaging in TrackerDispatch

Prophesy Transportation Solutions announced the newest enhancements to its TrackerDispatch software

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CVSA Vision: Safety Is More than Enforcement

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is best known as the outfit that issues those clearance stickers to trucks that pass a roadside inspection. That has been the alliance's core program since it was founded in 1980

Tags: Topics & Trends

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Alliance Pushing for Congress to Pass EOBR Mandate Next Year

A group of carriers is pushing to make electronic logs mandatory. (Photo courtesy PeopleNet)

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The group of trucking companies that is pushing legislation to mandate electronic onboard recorders plans to spend the rest of the year gathering allies and building support for passage of the bill next year

Tags: Compliance

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Not Using PSP Could Be 'Huge Mistake'

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

At a time when we're dealing with more acronyms than ever from the U.S. Department of Transportation - CSA 2010, HOS, EOBRs - there's one that may be getting overlooked: PSP, or pre-employment screening program

Tags: Drivers

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sleeping Monster? Sleep Apnea Can Create Legal Risks for Trucking Companies

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Sleep apnea is a public health problem and a truck safety problem that could soon morph into a legal problem for the trucking industry

Tags: Drivers

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks Lauds North America's Safest Fleets

MacKinnon Transport, Inc. of Guelph, Ont., and Upper Lakes Foods of Cloquet, Minn, recognized for their high standards and demonstrated commitments to safety, were named winners of the 2010 Volvo Trucks Safety Award

Tags: Topics & Trends

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Crunching the Numbers: What Do You Do With All That Data?

Since April 2008, wholesale distributor J.T. Davenport & Sons has cut its idle time from 20-30 percent to 3 percent.

Tags: Information Technology

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Going Green

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators talk about what their companies are doing to help the environment and their bottom line.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: For Schneider National, Fuel Efficiency's Old Hat

Schneider says its efforts over the years have led to fuel savings of almost 49 million gallons a year.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Schneider National has been tending its fuel economy garden for more than 30 years and has long since picked the fruit within easy reach

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Crescent Crown Tests Hybrids, Other Sustainable Technologies

Crescent Crown's fuel savings with diesel-electric hybrids are even better than projected, once they got them broken in, on the right routes and got drivers trained

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Crescent Crown Distributing is one of the five largest beer distributors in the country, delivering more than 26 million cases a year in Arizona and Louisiana. As a leader in the industry, company officials believe it's their job to take the lead in sustainability initiatives as well

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Lightweight Flatbeds Allow Heavy Payloads, Help Fleet Grow

An HWC rig can carry up to 54,000 pounds of building supplies, thanks to the 8,000-pound tare weight of Fontaine Revolution flatbeds.  The company began as a private carrier, and is now a for-hire fleet of 130 trailers and 100 tractors.

Five years ago, H. Wade Carden Jr. started HWC Transportation when his Philadelphia-area lumber business couldn't make economical shipments aboard heavy equipment then operated by for-hire carriers in the Northeast

Tags: Trailers

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Complete Innovations' Track & Dispatch Suite for Motorola ES400

Complete Innovations now offers its Fleet Complete tracking, dispatch and communications product on Motorola's ES400 handheld device

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheel-Ends: Torque your nuts

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Attaching wheels to a truck hub is serious business. Yet it's not uncommon to see some big bruiser of a mechanic, one foot against the bottom of the tire, whaling away with a 1-inch-drive impact gun driving the wheel nuts home

Tags: Tires

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Wheel-End Problems -- Beyond the Obvious

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

We focus on tires here, mostly, but wheels and hubs, and the other gear that attaches tires to trucks, deserve attention too. Wheel-ends function as a system:

Tags: Tires

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Driving GM's 2011 HD Pickups

Sierra 3500HD took three guys and a horse trailer over hill and dale, and they got lost only once. The truck rode smoothly, partly because of hydraulic rear cab mounts.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sometimes a marketing department's claim of "all-new" approaches the truth. That's the case with General Motors' Heavy Duty pickups and cab-chassis trucks, which were extensively upgraded and refined for the 2011 model year, even if GM doesn't call them all-new

Tags: Test Drive

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's mDrive Programmed for Bulldog Shifting

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Knowing that Mack and Volvo are sister companies, it would be easy to dismiss Mack's new mDrive as an I-Shift with a dog's name.

Tags: Test Drive

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SkyBitz/McLeod Integration Now in Beta Testing

McLeod Software customers are now able to install the newly integrated SkyBitz asset tracking and management module in beta

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cooper Tire Expands Roadmaster Commercial Tire Lineup

Cooper Tire has expanded its Roadmaster RM230 line

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bad Fleet Fuel Auditing

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Your company has worked hard to get the right fleet fuel program in place. You have picked the right fleet fuel card provider, and you may have negotiated and set up some fueling discounts with your fuel card provider

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet/CAMS Integration Automates Tracking of Actual Route Delivery Information

PeopleNet's Automated Workflow is now integrated with CAMS route optimization software to automate tracking of actual route delivery information

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Canadian Fleet Investing in Natural Gas

Groupe Robert plans to be the first true for-hire, long-haul fleet to be powered by natural gas in North America.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What prompts a very successful and highly visible carrier to wade deeply into uncharted territory and invest millions in yet-to-be proven technology? "It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it," says Claude Robert, president of privately held Groupe Robert in Boucherville, Quebec

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Defense Adds Tractor, Ambulance Kit to MaxxPro Series

Like armored MRAP trucks, the new MaxxPro tractor is based on International’s WorkStar civilian vocational series.

Navistar Defense says it has developed a tractor version of its MaxxPro armored truck and added an ambulance kit for existing units

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