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April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Revisiting the North American Fatigue Management Program

People get tired but when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.

By Stephane Babcock

There’s no getting around it — people get tired. But when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.

Tags: driver safety, Fatigue

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe

Joe Bryant, a flatbedder from Ohio, checks the strapping on his tarped load of steel coils while fueling near Wilmington along I-71. He prefers manual tarps because it’s hands-on.

By Tom Berg

Throwing a tarpaulin over a big load on a flatbed trailer, especially on a cold, snowy windy day might be the most difficult job in trucking but there are easier alternatives.

Tags: Trailers, Tarping

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Attracting and Retaining Drivers with Satellite TV

A golf tournament is displayed on the EpicVue flat-screen TV inside a truck’s sleeper. The company offers its service based on three-year and five-year contracts. Photo via EpicVue

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters recently started installing in-cab satellite TV systems in some of its trucks and the driver feedback has been encouraging.

Tags: Technology, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It Comes Down to Quality

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

While it seems like price dominates conversations about both parts purchasing and service provider selection, the reality is that it often is not the most important factor.

Tags: Vehicle Quality, Aftermarket Parts, Minimizer

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Waste Heat Recovery

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

Waste heat recovery systems are being developed by engine makers but are they the worth the compromises they bring in the name of more efficiency?

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, GHG

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Corrosion Causes Electrical Problems

Corrosion wreaks havoc on big robust connectors like this. What do you think happens in systems that need to detect changes of mere millivolts?

By Jim Park

Almost every electrical or electronic problem with trucks today can be traced back to one single source: corrosion-induced voltage irregularities.

Tags: Corrosion, Electrical System, Wiring

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

The third generation of TransPower’s ElecTruck powertrain includes four large battery boxes hung from frame rails and another mounted behind the cab.

By Tom Berg

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

Tags: Green Fleets, Ports, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: CNG F-650 Dump Truck

The F-650 offers the same cab choices as other Super Duty trucks. This one’s long crew cab required a lengthy wheelbase, but the steering gear’s tight wheel cut allowed great maneuverability.

By Tom Berg

Ford’s big V-10 is strong and fairly quiet as it revs to make horses that feed on natural gas.

Tags: Ford F-650, CNG, Dump Trucks, Ford

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: One Test or Two?

Testing the engine as a component rather than separate from a vehicle could be a better solution for meeting strict emissions standards. Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

Allowing a manufacturer to focus on improving an entire vehicle - instead of just the engine - could reduce operating costs while still meeting efficiency standards.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA, Daimler Trucks North America

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Self-Driving Vehicles, Future Trucks, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Apples and Oranges

Adjusting to Phase 1 of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations may have eased the coming transition into Phase 2. Photo via Freightliner

By Rolf Lockwood

Adjusting to Phase 1 of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations may have eased the coming transition into Phase 2. Part 3 of a webXclusive series.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Glimpses of the Future in Louisville

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

With economists and truck makers predicting what truck sales will look like this year, hints of what products we might see announced next year, concept trucks and prototypes on display, the Mid-America Trucking Show is a glimpse of the future.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show, SuperTruck, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Will the Next Highway Bill Get Funded?

By David Cullen

More attention is being paid this week to legislating infrastructure funding as the expiration date on the current MAP-21 highway bill looms ever closer - not that deadlines mean much on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Bill, Repatriation, User Fees

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Where the Connected Fleet is Headed

While the connected fleet is already here, it has yet to fully arrive.

By Jim Beach

While self-driving trucks plying smart streets in smart cities may be decades away, for most carriers, the connected fleet is a reality and that connectivity will only increase down the road.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Connected Vehicle Technology

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Changing the Focus

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Rolf Lockwood

A great deal of controversy already surrounds this next phase of the fuel economy and GHG reduction effort, as President Obama demanded in February of last year.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Where We've Been

EPA 2010 emissions standards created exhaust gases so clean they no longer blacken the stacks. Photo: Jim Park

By Rolf Lockwood

An in-depth look at the emissions regimes that we have now and will see in the future. Part one of a WebXclusive series.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, GHG, EPA

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Shop the Perfect Upfit

Interior of a Ford Transit van upfitted with Adrian Steel products. Photo: Adrian Steel

By Todd Goldmeyer, Adrian Steel Co.

With so many different products on the market, made with different materials, it can take a lot of time and effort to find the perfect upfit for vans and trucks.

Tags: Upfitting, Cargo Management, Van Equipment

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Will We See DME-Powered Trucks?

Martin Energy truck powered by DME in pilot program.

By Deborah Lockridge

Although interest in alternative fuels has cooled down a bit as diesel prices have dropped, supporters of dimethyl ether, or DME, still believe the alternative fuel has a bright future.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show, DME, Alternative Fuels

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Extend Tire Life and Improve Fuel Economy

Speed is a tire and fuel-economy killer. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fuel efficiency and tread mileage go hand in hand. Here's one of those rare opportunities to whack two birds with one stone. By following these five easy steps, you can improve your tread life as well as your fuel economy.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, Alignment, ATIS, Tire Inflation, Tires, Fuel Economy

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet's New Trucking GM Mark Kessler

By Deborah Lockridge

A chat with the head of PeopleNet's new Trucking Division about big trucking issues and how better using data can help fleets win the day.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, ELDs

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In Search of Owner-Operators

Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National

By Deborah Lockridge

After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them. Part 4 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Recruiting, Owner-Operators, Driver Dilemma

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life

Sealed LED lamps will resist intrusion of salt spray and other contaminants while the structure surrounding the lamps will protect them from impacts and resulting damage. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.

Tags: ATA, Trailers, TMC

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Online Load Boards Keep Freight Moving

By Jim Beach

Truckers, shippers, brokers and third-party logistics providers have more options than ever to find trucks or loads and to do so much quicker.

Tags: Shippers, Spot Freight, Load Board

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs

Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting.

By Jim Beach

Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, Omnitracs, ELDs, E-logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Explaining the World of Remanufactured Parts

Assemblies are completely torn down and measured and qualified to see if they can be reused. Those that cannot be reused are replaced.

By Denise Rondini

Remanufactured parts are a $7 billion business at retail, which has been growing slowly over the past 30 years but even with this growth, there are some misconceptions about what remanufacturing means and about the quality of reman parts.

Tags: Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Working With Your Tire Provider

Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping.

By Jim Park

Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Tires, Retreads, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology Drives Down CSA Scores

Fleets have been able to improve their CSA scores with automated driver logs and electronic driver vehicle inspection reports.

By Jim Beach

When it comes to improving fleet operations, no matter the immediate issue at hand, technology, in all its forms, is becoming the “go-to” tool.

Tags: telematics, CSA, ELD, Omnitracs, E-logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Optimizing Engines To Improve Fuel Efficiency

Technicians can set various engine parameters with a laptop or a specialized reader, often dedicated to a particular engine maker. Generic tools are available as well. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The engine is an often underused fuel-saving device. Optimizing the engine parameters of new trucks could improve fuel efficiency by 5 to 8%.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fuel Efficiency, Engines, NACFE

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

Western Star stations three vehicles at Eaton’s proving grounds at Marshall, Mich., for demonstrations. From left: 4700SB 10-wheel dump, 4800SB twin-steer 8x4 dump, and 4900SB tractor.  Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

Tags: Western Star, Test Drive, Heavy Haul, Dump Trucks

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The More Things Change

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

2014 and 2015 might be the sweet spot for aftermarket parts and service, in large part due to the average age of the truck population.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood

By Jim Park

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Test Drive, SmartWay

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Good News Coming?

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

For the first time in recorded history, the EPA and NHTSA are sort of your friends.

Tags: Emissions, Legislation, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Thinking Ahead.

By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen

For Heavy Duty Trucking’s annual Truck Fleet Innovator awards, we look for fleet executives who are willing to change up the way they do things and who have a track record of leading their industries into new and sometimes uncharted waters.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC Survey Reveals Misinformed View of Fuel-Efficient Tires

By Jim Park

Do the fuel savings of low-rolling-resistance tires outweigh the assumed shorter miles-to-removal? A TMC survey found a disturbing lack of knowledge among members about their own fleet operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Technology & Maintenance Council, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Meritor's Chris Villavarayan

Chris Villavarayan. Photo courtesy Meritor.

By Deborah Lockridge

Chris Villavarayan tells HDT about his first year as president of Meritor Americas, Meritor's latest axle and tire inflation news, the global business and more.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Global, Technology & Maintenance Council, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expanding the Driver Pool

Carlus Patterson is a former veteran who now drives a dedicated route for Ryder.

By Deborah Lockridge

In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool. Part 3 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Veterans, Women Drivers, Driver Dilemma

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.

By Denise Rondini

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Dealer of the Year, Truck Dealers

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van?

Utilimaster’s upfit facility for Ram Truck in Saltillo, Mexico, installs equipment on heavy pickups and ProMaster vans, which are sent directly to dealers for delivery to customers.

By Tom Berg

Large Eurovans are taking over some work-truck roles, but there’s still a big place for service bodies.

Tags: Vans, Cargo Vans, Trailers, Service Bodies

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It's All About the Brakes

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.

Tags: Aftermarket, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity

Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Tags: Productivity, Vehicle Maintenance, Shop Equipment, Aftermarket

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Touting CNG in the Texas Triangle

Love’s first began providing CNG to heavy-duty drivers in 2012, and has continued to expand its network throughout the U.S., including adding stations in eastern Texas. Photo via Love's

By Stephane Babcock

In eastern Texas, natural gas has seen successes within the highly traveled corridor linking three huge metro areas.

Tags: Texas, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, Clean Energy

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, Kenworth T680

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Snow, Cold Welcomed by Ram Truck Testing Crews

Photo courtesy Ram Truck.

By Nick Cappa

Every year, Ram's truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally recurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience.

Tags: Ram Truck, Cold Air Intake, Winter Equipment, Snow Removal, Vehicle Testing

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, eLogs, 34-Hour Restart

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Tags: Productivity, Fuel Economy, Downtime

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive

Sweetland Transport anticipates a growth rate of more than 150% this year over last.

By Jim Beach

Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

Tags: Information Technology, SaaS, TMS, Mobile Apps

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Mr. Spock Goes to Washington

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Instead of doing the logical thing and raising the fuel tax, politicians have come up with just about every cockamamie scheme you can imagine.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

By Jim Park

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Compliance, CSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation.

By Tom Berg

Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

Tags: Corrosion, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends

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