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September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Replacement Brake Friction Can Affect Stopping Distance

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

There is no requirement that aftermarket linings meet reduced-stopping-distance requirements.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Bendix, Brakes

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Electric Truck Future

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

We’ve been flirting with electric trucks for an awfully long while now but they remain limited in applications. This is not to say the electric truck idea is dead. Far from it.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Wrightspeed

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck

By Steve Bouchard

Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.

Tags: Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs

Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires and Wheels

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

No Easy Math to Plot A Green Path

By David Cullen

Any fleet thinking of going green should think long and hard about what it expects to gain by switching to alternative power.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2015 HDT Fact Book

By HDT Staff

Our second annual HDT Fact Book, aims to give you additional numbers and statistics that can help you in your business.

Tags: Fleet Safety, Equipment, Industry Research, Fact Book, Highways, Fuel and Oil, Parts and Service

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: New Committee Head Talks PC-11 Oil Category

Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer at Chevron. Photo courtesy Chevron.

By Deborah Lockridge

There's a new head of the committee developing the new heavy-duty engine oil classification, known as PC-11. HDT talked to Shawn Whitacre to find out what fleets need to know about the new oils.

Tags: PC-11, Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, Engine Oil, GHG, Fuel Economy, Low-Viscosity Oil

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Don Daseke on Building a Nationwide Flatbed Carrier

Don Daseke

By Deborah Lockridge

The longtime businessman and investor talks about how he's adapted the Warren Buffet model to trucking as he builds a nationwide flatbed presence through mergers with well-run carriers, and why he got into trucking at an age when many are thinking of retirement.

Tags: Flatbeds, People, Mergers & Acquisitions, Q&A, Daseke Inc.

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Start Reliably and Reduce Idling This Winter

Photo: Maxwell Technologies

By Jeremy Cowperthwaite, Maxwell Technologies

Every driver with experience operating heavy-duty diesel trucks knows that batteries have their limitations in cold weather-- they can’t maintain their cranking power when temperatures drop. Extreme cold is their enemy.

Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Idling, Winter

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tips for Checking Greased Wheel Ends

This wheel is weeping but is essentially OK. Photo courtesy SKF

By Scott Simmonds, SKF

Maintenance tips to help achieve maximum service life for greased wheel ends, as well as several symptoms that may indicate potential problems down the road.

Tags: Grease, Wheels, Lubrication

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Test Drive

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Report Explores Lightweighting

via Trucking Efficiency

By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Materials, NACFE, Truck Weight, Lightweighting

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park

A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?

Tags: China, EPA SmartWay, Tires

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mercedes-Benz Updated 13-liter and the Next Detroit Diesel Generation

By Jim Park

For a sneak peek at the next generation of the DD13, look to the latest new engine from Mercedes-Benz in Europe.

Tags: Emissions, Mercedes-Benz, Diesel Engines, Europe, Engines, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

The new mDrive HD automated manual transmission will be standard on Mack Granites. It has toughened gears and synchros, and a more effective fluid cooler. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive, Test Drive

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

Artist’s rendering of what the StarShip fuel-econnomy vehicle may look like.

By Tom Berg

By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.

Tags: Shell, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Life For Old Parts

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

For fleets that are trying to extend the life of their vehicles, recycled or reconditioned parts might be the answer.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Volvo Group

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Change in Excise Tax Removes One LNG Stumbling Block

By Deborah Lockridge

The temporary highway funding bill passed this summer changed how liquified natural gas is taxed to make it more equitable to diesel fuel, and one LNG provider believes that will lead more fleets to consider using it as an alternative fuel.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Diesel Tax, LNG, Pivotal LNG

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Smart Road to Younger Drivers

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While lowering the age of drivers may cause panic in the media, being smart about training young drivers can significantly reduce the risks.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Training, Driver Shortage

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Closer Look at Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rules

Photo: Jim Park

By David Cullen

We take a close look at the proposed 'Phase 2' greenhouse gas/ fuel economy rules.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Risks of Hiring Inexperienced Drivers

By Denise Banks, HNI

Trucking companies hiring inexperienced drivers may be opening themselves up to more risk than it's worth.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, High-Risk Drivers

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Reassessing the Independent Contractor

HDT File Photo

By Robert F. Dow and Douglas A. Smith

Truck driver classification should be weighed in light of current waged hour laws, safety regulations and the Affordable Care Act

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Compliance, Independent Contractors

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Aims to Regulate Sustainability Into Freight System

Image: California State Transportation Agency

By David Cullen

Trucking stakeholders across the country will be keenly watching developments in California after a recent proclamation by Gov. Jerry Brown called for zero-emission technologies in vehicles.

Tags: CARB, California, GHG, California Trucking Association

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Chris Hornady on Becoming Part of Daseke

Photo courtesy of Hornady

By Deborah Lockridge

Chris Hornady is the third-generation leader of Alabama-based flatbed carrier Hornady Transportation. We spoke with him Monday shortly after the company announced it was becoming part of Daseke.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Flatbed, Daseke Inc., Hornady Transportation

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Update: A Vehicle for Every Haul

The Mid-America Trucking Show featured many trailer makers. Showgoers here make use of a lowbed trailer to take a break. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Our annual roundup of the latest trailer products and trends.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbed, Dropdeck Trailers, MATS

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: Regulatory Drag and the Driver Shortage

Electronic logs, speed limiters, a drug and alcohol testing database and other regulations will mean more drivers are needed, even if the economy slows. Graph: FTR

By Evan Lockridge

Despite projections of an economic slowdown, upcoming regulations could still require fleets to find large numbers of new drivers.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, Driver Shortage, Speed Limiter, 34-Hour Restart

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Coming Headwinds

The red line at the bottom of the graph on the left indicates the most recent recovery, a more gradual affair than seen in the past.

By Evan Lockridge

The trucking industry has enjoyed prosperity in recent years but as the recovery continues, some analysts are projecting a slowdown.

Tags: Economy, FTR

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

ELD Mandate Update

Photo: Omnitracs

By Tom Cuthbertson, Omnitracs LLC

A review of key topics addressed in the recently issued Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on electronic logging devices

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, Omnitracs, Driver Coercion

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Jecka Glasman on Mitsubishi Fuso's Future in America

Jecka Glasman

By Deborah Lockridge

We talk to Jecka Glasman, the new head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, on what's next for the medium-duty brand in this country.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Leadership, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

VW Updates Transporter and Caddy Vans

VW’s Caddy is equivalent to Ford’s Transit Connect, Ram’s ProMaster City and Nissan NV200/Chevy City Express, which are sold in the U.S. The Caddy isn’t, but might (or might not) be someday.  Photos by Sven-Erik Lindstrand

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

We check out the updated Volkswagen Transporter and Caddy Vans in France and Sweden and ask the question, could these vans be U.S. bound?

Tags: Volkswagen, Europe, Volkswagen Transporter, Cargo Vans

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor

Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler.

By Tom Berg

This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors

Most vans get swing doors, which are comparatively simple and, when locked shut, help stiffen the trailer’s body structure. And rugged yet economical laminated hardwood floors go in 95% of dry-freight vans.

By Tom Berg

Freight goes through and on these components, and are among the details to carefully consider when spec’ing dry-van truck bodies and trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Van

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires

Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.

By Jim Park

Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.

Tags: Wide-Base Tires, Tires and Wheels, Tires

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

4 Ways Hirschbach Saves Fuel

The fleet’s latest aerodynamics retrofit project is the FlowBelow AeroKit, with quick-release wheel covers and tandem fairings that fill the gap between and behind the tractor drive wheels. Photo courtesy Hirschbach Motor Lines

By Deborah Lockridge

At Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., the goal is “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers."

Tags: Fuel Savings, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, Reefers, Aerodynamics

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, Icon 900

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction

It’s all about making the best of 50 square feet of living space.

By Jim Park

Whatever the reason for their discontent, the driver turnover rate for 2014 wound up at over 95%. Perhaps a newer, better mattress would help them sleep better at night or an on-board satellite TV system or a more comfortable seat?

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Comfort

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Two Oil Categories Rolling to the Finish Line

Inside an engine test cell at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute, which helped develop two new engine tests that define the wear-performance parameters of the new PC11-A and PC-11-B oil-service categories for heavy-duty applications.

By David Cullen

It’s not rocket science to split an API oil-service category. But it takes lots of chemical engineering to develop and bring to market not one, but two, new heavy-duty motor oil specs in a mere five years.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel and Oil, API

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

A Step-by-Step Approach to Brake Maintenance

Photo via Haldex

By Haldex

Taking shortcuts when doing a brake job can lead to problems such as uneven wear and substandard braking performance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Brakes, Haldex

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Confusion in the Aftermarket

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Counterfeit. White box. Gray market. Genuine. Aftermarket. Will fit. Private label. Knock-off. All those terms are used to describe truck parts. That explains why there is confusion and uncertainty in the market.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, Counterfeit Goods

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage?

Being able to do other things while in autonomous mode could make the job more productive and attractive to drivers. Photo: Freightliner

By Deborah Lockridge

One thing the developers of autonomous technologies have emphasized is that they are not a “driverless truck.” So how can they help with the driver shortage? Part 7 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Productivity, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Unmanned Vision

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

While much has been made about autonomous trucks lately, at least one group is looking ahead to unmanned vehicles altogether.

Tags: Volvo, Technology, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How Counterfeiting Affects the Aftermarket

Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.

By Denise Rondini

Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Counterfeit Goods

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Michigan, Infrastructure Funding, Oversize Loads

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler's SuperTruck Revealed

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities. Photos: Stephane Babcock

By Stephane Babcock

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities.

Tags: Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, Freight Efficiency, Powertrain Integration

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

By Tom Berg

As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.

Tags: Navistar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Forward Collision Warning

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

By Stephane Babcock

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Off-roading with Mercedes Trucks

The star of the demonstration run was the ordinary white two-axle tractor (center) with HAD on the front wheels. The silver truck to the left is an 8x8 and the yellow one in the background a 6x4. (Photo: Daimler Trucks)

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand

At a large driving demonstration with some 20 Mercedes Arocs construction trucks in various configurations, Daimler recently showed off its new hydraulically operated front-wheel drive, named HAD, plus a new Turbo Retarder Clutch from Voith.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' Fred Andersky

Fred Andersky Photo: Bendix

By David Cullen

We talk about pending stability control and collision avoidance mandates and other regulatory topics with Bendix's Fred Andersky who guides the company's regulatory, legislative and advocacy efforts.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, GHG, Intelligent Transportation System, Forward Collision Avoidance

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Maintaining S-Cam Foundation Brakes

Photo courtesy of Bendix

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

S-cam drum brakes are a familiar sight to every wheel-end technician in the North American trucking industry. These preventive maintenance guidelines can elevate the effectiveness of regular brake jobs.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Brakes, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Automatic Slack Adjusters, Drum brakes

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