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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: Collision Avoidance Technology, Global, Wabco, Air Brakes, Q&A

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, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

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: 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

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Important is Driver Pay?

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage?

By Deborah Lockridge

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage. Part 2 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Dilemma

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

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, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Six Axles and 91,000 Pounds: Will It Fly?

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Some tractors are specially spec’ed for pulling heavy water tankers, but normal road tractors also are used. Photos: Hartt Transportation

By Tom Berg

The latest congressional proposal authorizing a 91,000-pound weight limit adds productivity, but doesn’t always make operational or economic sense.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Important are Balance and Alignment?

Alignment is best used as a repair tool, not a diagnostic tool. The tires themselves will tell you when an alignment is needed.  Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets seem to run hot and cold on alignment and balance. Some swear by them, while others see them as unnecessary expenses.

Tags: Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Much Work Remains to Get to Final Version of GHG Phase 2 Proposal

Photo: Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

The old adage “the devil is in the details” could have been invented for the new “phase 2” greenhouse gas / fuel efficiency regulations proposed by the EPA and the NHTSA.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, FTR, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Leveling the Service Playing Field

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets and independent repair garages will soon have access to service information for model year 2010 and later trucks and buses over 10,000 pounds sold in the United States and Canada.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Engines, Right to Repair, Parts and Service

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Spicer Dual Range Disconnect

Dana’s Test & Evaluation truck, a Kenworth T700 with a Cummins ISX15 at 450 hp and 1,650 lb-ft, and an Eaton 10-speed UltraShift Plus transmission. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It’s easier to describe the performance of Dana’s Spicer AdvanTEK Dual Range Disconnect concept than to explain how it works.

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Behind UPS' Decision to Make Collision Mitigation Standard

UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that’s now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders.

By Deborah Lockridge

While UPS announced that it would be making collision mitigation technology standard on its Class 8 trucks, the decision had its beginnings as far back as 2012.

Tags: UPS, Collision Avoidance Technology, Safety

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Your Cooling System Ready for Winter

Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

As temperatures dip and the leaves change from green to yellow and red, it’s time to think about winterizing your trucks for the siege ahead.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Winter, COOLANT

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Changing How Fleets Buy Onboard Computers

Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

By Jim Beach

Volvo, Mack, Omnitracs have inked a deal for fleet management services straight from the factory.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Omnitracs

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Improve Workflow

It’s about more than automating manual processes.

By Jim Beach

Workflow can take automation way beyond simply replacing the pen and paper with a smartphone into which a driver keys information.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Automation, Mobile Devices

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Happens to Trucking When Interest Rates (Finally) Rise?

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By Evan Lockridge

One day the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates – perhaps as early as this fall. But what will this mean for trucking?

Tags: Economy, Recession, ACT Research, Federal Reserve

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Today's complex engines may be different from in 1995 but the principles of getting better gas mileage haven't changed.

Tags: GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers

Photos: Con-way

By David Cullen

Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Driver Dilemma, Safety

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks

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