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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Master Locks Rolls Out Truck Bed Protection

Master Lock introduces its Truck Bed U-Lock, designed to deter theft and prevent items from shifting in a pickup's bed

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Future is Green at NTEA

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Some of the earliest freight-hauling trucks were electric-powered, but they disappeared in the 1920s when internal combustion engines proved less costly and operationally more flexible

Tags: Light & Medium

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Technology That's Working

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rollovers are one of the most serious types of accidents, because drivers and other truck occupants are usually tossed around and badly injured or killed. In the process, tractors are badly damaged or totaled

Tags: Trailers

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shop Safety: Carrying on the Good Fight

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it also makes lots of sense in a truck shop. So say three maintenance managers we interviewed for this article. "Good housekeeping,

Tags: Managing the Shop

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Airing on the Side of Safety

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How much force would it take to hurl a 16-pound bowling ball three-quarters of a mile? About the same amount of potential energy packed into an 11-by-22-inch truck tire inflated to 100 psi, says the Tire Industry Association

Tags: Tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under Pressure: Fuel Filtration

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A perennial topic at any meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council of ATA is fuel filter plugging

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Specs for Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Time for Preventive Maintenance on Fuel Surcharges

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Funny how things change. Six months ago at $147 a barrel, oil prices were a catastrophe. In mid-December, hovering near $40, they were the only ray of light on an economic horizon that was grim and getting grimmer

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Fuel Economy: Playing by the Numbers

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing considerations for tires run the gamut from application to serviceability, and from life cycle costs to anticipated fuel savings. No two fleets will have exactly the same considerations, but at year-end, fuel costs will factor into most spec'ing decisions

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Buying Smarts

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Whether fuel is two-something a gallon or four-something a gallon, every penny you can save is another penny toward the bottom line

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Particulate Filters

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Detroit Diesel's Chuck Blake offers an interesting perspective on diesel particulate filters. He says he owns them, even though every truck owner who has purchased a Detroit engine on every 2008 model-year Freightliner product has paid for them

Tags: Under The Hood

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making the Connection -- Beyond the Fifth Wheel

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Doubles and triples combinations are the primary over-the-road equipment for less-than-truckload fleets, truck-trailer rigs are common among specialty haulers in many western states

Tags: Trailers

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Evaluation: Are you getting all the information you need before spec'ing your tires?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Perhaps only computers remain a more confusing purchasing decision than tires. The thought of comparing RAMS and ROMS and Gigs and HDs and DVDs and processors strikes fear into the hearts of all but the hardened geek

Tags: Tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investigating Vehicles For Corrosion

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rust! It's upon us like a plague, and has been since snow has fallen and ice formed on paved roads and authorities decided to try to melt as much as they could to make travel safer

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Technology Trailblazer: Jaquelyn Barretta, CIO, Con-way, Inc.

Like many of HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators, Jacquelyn Barretta followed in her father's footsteps - but it was into the world of information technology, or IT, rather than trucking

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

A Vision Fulfilled: Kevin Knight, Chairman/CEO, Knight Transportation

We are in the "Mother of all Recessions," Kevin Knight agrees, but he's optimistic. His company, Phoenix-based Knight Transportation, was conceived and bred to succeed in the toughest of times

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Innovation Driven by Necessity: Donald G. Oren, Chairman, Dart Transit Co.

Dart Transit is largely responsible for two innovations that are key parts of today's truckload industry: 53-foot trailers and the use of independent contractors as drivers

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Preparing for Change: Ray Kuntz, Chairman/CEO, Watkins and Shepard Trucking

'I have long advocated for the industry to better prepare itself to deal with change, and one way to do so is to better anticipate the challenges ahead.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Book Review: "Safety for the Long Haul"

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Every truck safety professional in the country should read this book. And every trucking company owner or chief executive, upon whom the ultimate responsibility for safety lies, should be familiar with it

Tags: Safety & Compliance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Leading By Serving W.T. "Tobin" Cassels III, President, Southeastern Freight

You could make the argument that W.T. "Tobin" Cassels III is not exactly an innovator, since his role model goes back more than 2,000 years. As the third-generation leader of Southeastern Freight Lines

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

You Can't Do It By Yourself: Don Bowman, Chairman, D.M. Bowman, Inc.

When he climbed into his truck in 1959 to deliver his first load, a dumper full of coal, Don Bowman did not envision the large, successful truckload enterprise that D.M. Bowman Inc. would become over the next 50 years.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BulletProof Offers Windshield Protectant

BulletProof Autosports is targeting the heavy-duty truck industry with the debut of its BulletProof Windshield Protectant

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Introduces SCR Website

Volvo Trucks North America has launched a new web site, www.volvoscr.com, designed to educate customers on its selective catalytic reduction emissions technology, a system that meets the new EPA regulations for 2010

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ridewell Releases Trailer Air-Ride Suspension

Ridewell has launched its RAR-260, a trailer air-ride suspension made with Securelok pivot nuts for increased pivot clamping force and Tenneco multi-functional bushing

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Offers New Color Display Unit

Xata Corp. announced the availability of the TREQ-M4 in-cab color display unit, the newest in-cab touch-screen computer provided by QSI Corp

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Eater Releases Parts Cleaner

Oil Eater introduces a 45-gallon water-based parts cleaner with a pre-set thermostat that can reach a temperature of 110 degrees. The cleaner is equipped with 1,000-watt heaters to shorten heat-up time and keep the solution clean

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Horton Launches Conversion Kit With Two-Speed Technology

Horton has debuted its DM Advantage and DriveMaster fan drive conversion kit with two-speed technology

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trans Ag Introduces New Sanitizing Product

Trans Ag Group has released Saniguard, a new EPA-approved sanitizing fogger for tractor-trailers that can be used to mitigate the risks of cross contamination and contribute to food safety

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Launches New Versions of LoadMaster and PowerBroker

McLeod Software released new versions of its LoadMaster IX and PowerBroker II software, which includes more than 100 new features focusing on making information more visible and useful to customer

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Minimizer Announces Improvements to Full and Half Fenders

Minimizer has made design enhancements to both "The Brute" full fender and "The Brute Half" half fender, including stronger structural ribs that come down farther and a more rounded edge that follows the line of the truck better

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Arsenault's Dossier Upgrade Focuses on Fuel Management

Arsenault Associates, a provider of maintenance management software, has released a new version of its Dossier software, which includes a new fuel management system

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Integrates New Features into TIN Software

Aljex Software, provider of hosted management software, has made a series of upgrades to its Aljex TIN transportation management application for brokers.

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Webb Wheel Releases Aftermarket Hydraulic Disc Brake Rotor

Webb Wheel Products Aftermarket Business Unit has released new hydraulic disc brake rotors for front and rear truck applications with ABS

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Adds SafeStat to Scorecard Suite

Vigillo announced the inclusion of the Safety Status Measurement System on its Scorecard Suite of management reports

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving GM's 2-Mode Hybrid

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Is this the system that will save full-size SUVs and pickups from high-priced gasoline? General Motors' 2-Mode Hybrid, which first appeared about a year ago on the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon and recently on Silverado and Sierra 1500-series pickups

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: KW's T370 Hybrid Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Until recently, hybrid-drive commercial trucks have been, almost by definition, straight trucks. These are often the ones used in urban stop-and-go operations, where hybrids offer the greatest fuel savings achieve

Tags: Test Drive

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

FLD-SD: Aging But Rugged

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Severe Duty version of Freightliner's FLD proves a joy to drive, but get one while you can, because production stops in late 2009.

Tags: Test Drive

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Severe Service Tires: Give 'Em Your Best Shot

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

It's a long way between a downtown back alley and an oil field, but as a tire sees the world, there are more similarities than differences. On-highway tires live the life of Riley compared to the severe-service tires

Tags: Tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corrosion Prevention

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

How badly do you want to avoid damage from corrosion? There are products and treatments available right now that do the job, but some customers are simply not willing to spend the necessary money.

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Digital Shop: Maintenance Management Software

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

With the economy in a recession and the trucking industry suffering through what Stifel Nicolaus analysts now say is a freight depression, trucking companies are all looking to cut costs to survive.

Tags: Managing the Shop

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cab Maintenance Concerns

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Normal service for a big truck virtually guarantees that it will feel and show the effects of age long before you're ready to deal it. That means even the cab of the truck is going to require a little maintenanc

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Performance-Based Brake Testing

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

What if you could find out in 10 minutes or less precisely how each and every one of your tractor-trailer's brakes is working? You'd know how much force they're producing to stop the rig, individually and by axle.

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar V-8s Gone from Ford Vans, Pickups by January '10

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The once-popular Navistar-built Power Stroke V-8 diesel will be gone as an option from Ford SuperDuty pickups and E-series vans by the end of this year, as part of the settlement of a two-year-old legal dispute between the two builders.

Tags: Light & Medium

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McGard Rolls Out Heavy Duty Wheel Locks For Theft Protection

McGard announced the introduction of Heavy Duty Truck Wheel Locks to prevent the theft of wheels and tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliant Power Adds Ford Power Stroke Starter

Alliant Power added the 6.4L Ford Power Stroke starter to its line of rotating electrical components

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King and TruckersB2B Announce Partnership, Rebate Program

Thermo King and TruckersB2B announced a new rebate program for TruckersB2B members on select Thermo King equipment

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Practical Cargo Securement Guide

The American Trucking Associations is now offering "ATA Practical Cargo Securement: Guidelines for Drivers, Carriers and Shippers.

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Imaging Redefines Its Product Line as DocumentPower Enterprise

McLeod Imaging, the document management arm of McLeod Software, announced the creation of DocumentPower Enterprise. Designed specifically for transportation companies, the integrated solution encompasses document imaging, rendition processing, forms recognition and report management components

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

First Guard Insurance Adds QuickDox Feature to Mobile Application

First Guard Insurance Company has added another feature to its 1st Guard Mobile (1G-Mobile) website called QuickDox

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliant Power Offers Four New Products

Alliant Power introduces four new products for vehicles equipped with 7.3L Ford Power Stroke engine to their product line

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