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June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Ways to Cut Idling Costs

Volvo was the first truck maker to offer built-in shore power systems. Shore power can be used on its own or in conjunction with other idle reduction systems on the market.

By Deborah Lockridge

Royal Jones, president and CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation, is known for his near-obsessive attention to saving fuel. Yet eight or nine years ago, the fleet was averaging nearly 50% idle time.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Idle Reduction

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways to Get More Miles from your Tires

By Jim Park

Irregular tire wear is usually a symptom of some other malfunction such as poor alignment, improper inflation or even poor driving habits. The peril with mechanically induced irregular wear is that it begins the day you install the tire, though it won't produce any visible signs until weeks or perhaps months later. By then, its progress is almost irreversible.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Wheel Alignment

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Exactly Constitutes an Underinflated Truck Tire?

"Underinflated" isn't always this obvious. Enforcement officials are looking for a usable definition. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Jim Park

Why should we worry about defining underinflation? Because of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) enforcement program.

Tags: CSA, TMC, Tires, CVSA, Enforcement

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service: Resetting the Clock

Credit: Continental Commercial Vehicles.

By Jim Park

With just days to go before the scheduled implementation of the new and more restrictive hours of service rules, fleets and drivers need to be asking if their electronic onboard recording devices are ready for the change.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, Hours of Service

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are You On Top of Your Fuel Buying Program?

By Oliver Patton

Pilot, the largest truckstop chain in the country with more than 650 outlets and $29 billion in annual revenues, is being investigated for allegedly defrauding customers by withholding fuel rebates and discounts.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Fuel buying programs, Fuel and Oil, Information Technology, Truckstops

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

The key to a new entrant safety audit is documentation. You may do all the required steps to comply with the regulations, but if it is not documented, it will appear that you are not.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, Owner-Operators

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Hours-of-Service FAQs

By J.J.Keller & Associates

Unless the courts step in and rein in new hours of service rules, they are set to take effect on July 1. J.J.Keller & Associates has put together some frequently asked questions and answers about them.

Tags: Hours of Service, JJ Keller

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Flatbed Trucker Delivers Not Only Oversized Loads, But Also Pets to New Homes

Izzy gets attention from his owner, David Binz, at the wheel of his Kenworth T660. Binz has hauled 12 dogs and two cats since becoming a volunteer pet transporter.

By TruckingInfo Staff

Bear, a 4-1/2–year-old Pekinese, traveled 4,500 miles for nine days across the western United States, British Columbia and the rugged wilderness of the Yukon Territories to be with his new family at their home in North Pole, Alaska.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

IdleAir Looks to Set Up Locations at Fleet Terminals

IdleAir's traditional drop-down units provide HVAC, electricity, Internet and other functions.

By Evan Lockridge

After working to revitalize the network of the truckstop electrification service provider IdleAir since purchasing it three years year ago, Convoy Solutions is turning its attention toward truck fleets as customers -- but in a new way, with what it calls dedicated terminal solutions.

Tags: MPG, Idle Reduction, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, IdleAir

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

The more rubber you have on the road, the sooner the improvements become obvious.

By Jim Park

You get 30% less tread on some fuel-efficient tires, they cost 15% less up front and they run fewer miles to take-off, but does the money saved on fuel because of the lower rolling resistance make up for the shorter overall life? Many fleets are struggling with that question today. The answer is often anything but clear.

Tags: Goodyear, Michelin, Continental Tires, Bridgestone, Tires, GITI

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Succeed or Fail as an Owner-Operator

Take off the rose-colored glasses. Life as an owner-operator is an uphill climb with plenty of curves to keep you on your toes.

By Jim Park

Sometimes owner-operators are their own worst enemy. They too often do things to undermine their business – like budgeting based on the best of times, not year-long averages. Or they switch carriers to one promising more home time, only to discover they can't make payment with the truck parked in the driveway every night.

Tags: Business, Owner-Operators

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Blow a Gasket When Installing Oil and Fuel Filters

All oil filters feature a gasket at the open end of the filter, which acts like a seal and a lock-washer after installation.

By John Gaither, PE, Luber-finer & Fram Filtration

At first glance, it appears to be pretty simple to install a new oil or fuel filter on your heavy-duty vehicle: Just line up the threads and give it a spin. This mindset, however, can be dangerous to the vehicle’s operation and overall health.

Tags: Maintenance, Fuel and Oil, Filters, Luber-finer, Fram Filtration

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Say Goodbye to Booster Cables

By Jim Park

Next to the clang of your cell door slamming shut, there are few sounds more disheartening than the "click, click, click" of a starter that's not getting enough juice. Maxwell Technologies' Engine Start Module is an ultracapacitor starting system that can prevent that.

Tags: Idle Reduction, Batteries

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency on the Road

By Travis Tuft - VP of Client Services, Equinox

According to AAA, the national average price of diesel is $3.888 - call it $3.89 - per gallon at the time of this writing. Given that your truck likely has a fuel capacity of 150 to 300 gallons, it would cost $583 to over $1,167 per fill-up at the current rate. In other words, as you may have already noticed, fueling up for a long-haul is quite expensive.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Idle Reduction

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inverter Installation: Troubleshooting 101

By Don Wilson, Schneider Electric

So you want to install an inverter, but with all the features and complexity of today’s more sophisticated units, you’re hesitant to take the plunge? Or, perhaps you’ve had some problems with your inverter, and you’re not sure if it’s a faulty unit … or a simple installation problem?

Tags: Maintenance, Xantrex, Inverter, Idle Reduction

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Leasing Regulations: What to Watch Out For

By Tom Bray

Leasing owner-operators is one of the quickest ways a company can increase the fleet’s capacity. However, there are several pitfalls with using leased owner-operators, for both the company (carrier or “lessee”) and the owner-operator (the “lessor”).

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Drivers Should Know About Brake Problems

On roads like this, there's no room for doubt that your brakes are working perfectly.

By Jim Park

If you know what to look for, and are sensitive to the symptoms, you can spot many potential brake problems before they become real liabilities. And having concluded there's a problem, you can report it to the shop in a way that might prompt more than a readjustment of the slack adjusters.

Tags: Brakes

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Five Trends Affecting Today's Owner-Operators

OOIDA's Todd Spencer says the last round of hours-of-service changes cut the number of husband-and-wife owner-operator teams.

By Deborah Lockridge

Owner-operators are far from dead, but the population is experiencing some changes, according to Todd Spencer, vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, with many of those changes caused by government regulations.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Shortage, OOIDA, Owner-Operators

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Owner-Operator Seeks Out Truckstop Electrification

Owner-operator Matt Purtee likes it when he can find plug-in shore power at truckstops, but he'll search it out elsewhere, too.

By Truckinginfo Staff

How bad does owner-operator Matt Purtee want truckstop electrification? “Bad enough where I know a few truckstops that have light poles with plug-ins at the base,” he says with a chuckle. “I get to those sites early so I can tap into the power before someone else does."

Tags: Idle Reduction, Truckstops, Owner-Operators, Shorepower

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Is a Fuel- and Weight-Saving 6x2 for You?

6x2s like this one in Sweden are popular in Europe, where fuel prices are much higher.

By Tom Berg

It’s still an oddball spec in road tractors and you’re not likely to consider it, but the 6x2 – a single drive axle with two powered wheels among six total wheel positions – will someday become more common as truck operators look for ways to save fuel and cut tare weight, suppliers think. Today, progressive fleets are testing or embracing it, and it might even be a good choice for some owner-operators.

Tags: MPG, Truck Specs

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What To Do If The IRS Comes Knocking

By Colton Lawrence, Equinox Business Solutions

April 15 has come and gone, so you can breathe easy for another year -- that is, unless the IRS decides to audit you and become a major pain in your life. Here's how to handle it if they do.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Owner-Operators, Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Co-op-owned container chassis coming

By Tom Berg

Drayage operators will soon obtain more container chassis from trucker-owned pools than from ship lines and railroads, which signals part of a transition under way in the intermodal industry. A recently formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative has won government approval and has begun purchasing chassis.

Tags: Intermodal, NACPC, Chassis

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's New in Used Trucks?

By Tom Berg

Every day, thousands of used trucks change hands. Last year, 190,000 were sold, and though this year's tally might be lower, it's still a healthy business that sometimes mirrors new-truck sales. That this market is intrinsically tied to new trucks becomes more apparent at times like now, when supplies of late-model power units are growing scarce.

Tags: Schneider, Used Trucks, Arrow Truck Sales, NTP

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service: Back to Basics

By Tom Bray

Hours-of-service compliance is centered on two areas, limits and logs. Both drivers and carriers are held responsible for compliance with these regulations. If you're an independent owner-operator, that means you're both the driver and the carrier.

Tags: Hours of Service

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Driving Habits Feeding Your Fuel Bill?

By Jim Park

Poor fuel mileage can be a make-or-break proposition for owner-operators, and a lot of whether you get 6 mpg or 8 mpg depends on your skills and habits as a driver. Two drivers on two identical trucks can see a difference of up to 30% in fuel economy. Much of that chasm stems from good or bad pedal and stick management, and the driver's willingness to use available technology to his best advantage.

Tags: Drivers, MPG, Fuel Economy, Owner-Operators

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Let Poor Brake Adjustment Catch You Unawares

By Jim Park

While equipment defects are a cause in only a small percentage of truck crashes, brake defects account for a large percentage of the trucks taken out of service. Many of those defects are adjustment issues.

Tags: Brakes, Owner-Operators

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer

By Deborah Lockridge

It's more important than ever to protect a truck's air system from contamination, because there are more and more on-vehicle technologies making use of that air. That's why having and taking proper care of an air dryer is vital.

Tags: Maintenance, Bendix, Brakes, Air Dryers

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dumps: Views of the market and trends from dealers and manufacturers

This East Hybrid uses a half-round bottom joined to Genesis-type, double-wall sides for extra stiffness and stability while tipping.

By Tom Berg & Kate Harlow

When the economy took a dive in 2008 and the construction industry's work dried up, so did much of the market for dump trailers. As construction begins coming back, there's a growing demand for new dumps. Demand also is being driven by other emerging trends in the market.

Tags: East, Mac Trailer, Clement, Dumps, NTDA, Beall, Trailers, Vocational

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem

What better place to traction-test a 6x2 drive axle system than Michigan's Upper Pennisula in February?

By Jim Park

The 6x2 concept isn't new, but it's not popular on our side of the Atlantic Ocean. Meritor aims to change that with its new SmarTandem single-drive-axle tandem configuration. Equipment Editor Jim Park reports on his driving impressions.

Tags: Meritor, SmarTandem, Test Drive, Winter

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Not Your Father's Air Filter

Aerodynamic truck styling is one factor that has moved the air-intake system and filter under the hood instead of hung alongside it.

By Tom Berg

There was a time when fleet managers and owner-operators specified many components on their new trucks and tractors, but that's been seriously curtailed by vertical integration — the practice of manufacturers controlling the design and spec'ing process using parts they build themselves or get from a few suppliers.

Tags: Air Filter, Maintenance

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Operating in Canada

The Peace Bridge over the Niagara River; Drivers with checkered pasts may not be admissible to either Canada or the U.S., but since U.S. drivers rarely cross the Mexican border, immigration issue aren't as much of a factor.

By Jim Park

FMCSA and the U.S. DOT have no influence over what happens in Canada, but Canada has plenty of its own regulatory agencies and ministries whose rules will affect American carriers' privileges and ability to operate there.

Tags: FMCSA, NAFTA, Canada

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Time’s Up! What To Do If You Need More Time To File Your Taxes

By Truckinginfo Staff

Approximately 7.6 billion hours are spent by businesses and individuals each year on tax compliance -- a workload that could keep 3.8 million full-time workers busy by the IRS’ own estimates. Throw your long hours as a trucker into the mix, and the potential to miss the filing deadline is very real. However, you can file an extension and avoid penalties.

Tags: Taxes, Business, Owner-Operators

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Add Exhaust-Emissions Gear to a Used-Truck Inspection

When shopping for a used truck today, there are some things you need to look for when it comes to emissions systems.

By Tom Berg

Is it time to replace your old truck or tractor? Is it old enough that its engine has none of the exhaust-emissions equipment that’s been giving people fits in recent years? Have you decided to take the plunge anyway because your vehicle is just plain worn out? Here's what you need to know about emissions equipment when buying a used truck built in the last decade.

Tags: SCR, EGR, DPF, Used Trucks

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Does CSA Affect Small Carriers?

The scoring in the system is based on roadside inspections, violations listed on roadside inspection reports, and crash reports.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Despite all of the folklore that has been built around it, at its core, CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) is simply a program used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track and evaluate carriers based on compliance and crash history. Carriers that do not score well in the system are the ones FMCSA will spend time warning or investigating.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, CSA, inspections, Owner-Operators

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Not Much Clarity With New IRS FET Advice

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry recently asked the Internal Revenue Service for clarification about how Federal Excise Tax applies to glider kits, seeking what Greg Althardt, partner of the dealership group at accountancy firm CliftonLarsonAllen, called some "bright line" results. It got some clarification, but not enough.

Tags: ATD, Dealers, FET, Glider Kits

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's '13 Top 20

By HDT Staff

Which are the best of the best new products and equipment from last year's introductions? We've gone through an extensive process to determine HDT's 2013 Top 20 Products.

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Getting By With a Little Help From your Friends

By Jim Park

Single truck owner-operators can get into a pile of trouble quickly if that don't have the resources to overcome all the day-to-day challenges. But help is available if you look for it.

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do You Have a DQ File?

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

The driver qualifications regulations, which are found in Part 391 of the FMCSA regulations, apply to all interstate drivers and most intrastate drivers that operate a commercial motor vehicle – no matter whether your company employs one driver or 1,000.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, FMCSA, Recordkeeping

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why You Should Consider Wheel Balancing

Tire wear associated with balance problems often appears as cupped channels along the tread face of the tire. (Photo: TMC)

By Jim Park

People will tell you that wheel balancing isn't necessary these days. Going back 10 or 20 years, new tires often needed a small amount of weight to balance out the irregularities in the old production process. With today's more exacting manufacturing standards, irregularities are the exception. But that doesn't mean you can't benefit from wheel balancing.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet acquisitions trending upward

By Kate Harlow

The industry has seen a growing number of fleet acquisitions and mergers in the past few months, and many believe this is part of a growing trend. The trend of fleet acquisitions is cyclical, according to Lana Batts, managing partner with Transport Capital Partners, which helps fleets negotiate such deals. “I believe we are just at the beginning of the cycle,” Batts said.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Trends in axles and suspensions

When it come to trends in axles and suspensions, it's all about efficiency.

By Deborah Lockridge

When it come to trends in axles and suspensions, it's all about efficiency. Fleets are constantly looking for ways to become more operationally efficient, whether it's fuel economy, increased payload, lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life, or driver productivity.

Tags: Firestone, Reyco Granning, Meritor, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Axles, Dana Spicer

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Roadside Dietitian: Love Your Heart

Pam Whitfield, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a Master's in Nutrition & Dietetics, and Don Jacobson, a writer and noted outdoor cook, are the authors of“Road-cookin’: A long haul driver's guide to healthy hating.”

By Contributed by Pam Whitfield & Don Jacobson

February is American Heart Month for one really good reason. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country, accounting for about a quarter of all deaths every year. That means the odds are nearly six to one that you will die of a heart problem rather than in an accident.

Tags: Fit to Drive, Health, Diet & Nutrition, Drivers

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The 5 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions for Owner-Operators

By Scott Christensen, Contributor

New year - new taxes. That’s what many drivers are thinking after the latest round of tax increases. While you can’t legally dodge taxes, you can trim them. The options for doing so may have even been under your nose your entire trucking career.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions, Taxes

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

And the Envelope Please

Heavy-duty Truck of the Year candidates await judging.

By Jim Park

How do you compare a luxurious Ford F-650 with an Isuzu Reach cargo van? Two completely different trucks with different purposes in life. Such was the challenge of five trucking media judges at the 2012 American Truck Dealers Association's Commercial Truck of the Year competition.

Tags: ATD, Dealers, Commercial Truck of the Year, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 8

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part Three

By Greg Smith, Talbert Manufacturing

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone – usually a fleet manager – needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load.

Tags: Trailers

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Set up a Maintenance Program that Will Keep FMCSA Happy

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Whether you have one truck or 20,000, the FMCSA's maintenance regulations apply to you. The safety and compliance experts at J.J. Keller have tips for owner-operators and small fleets on how to develop a maintenance program that will meet federal standards.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Owner-Operators

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Bridging The Funding Gap

By Oliver Patton

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

Tags: GAO, Highway Funding, CBO, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21, White House, DOT, Congress, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dos and Don'ts when Spec'ing Dry Vans

By Kate Harlow

When you are getting ready to put a dry van trailer out to pasture and begin the process of searching for its replacement, there are many things to consider: maintenance costs, fuel-economy regulations, payload and the weight of the trailer, to name a few. One way to navigate through the maze of options is to follow some tips a few trailer manufacturers shared with us.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Dry Vans, Capacity, MPG, Fuel Economy

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Document Management on the Road

By Jim Beach

Although technology has been able to reduce the trucking industry's reliance on paper, it hasn't been able to completely cut it out. Paperwork still has to be signed and submitted before a carrier or driver can get paid.

Tags: Information Technology, Scanning, Mobile App

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: WorkStar 7600

By Tom Berg

The sloped hood on International's WorkStar 7600 was first shown off at the World of Concrete show in 2010, but with vocational-truck business seriously down during the recession, it only went into production last fall.

Tags: International, WorkStar, Test Drive, Navistar, Vocational

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