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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 Apps

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

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Wheels: 5 Ways to Stretch Your Tire Budget

By Jim Park

If stretching your tire budget means buying cheaper tires, you may be cheating yourself. You'll get more tires for less money — and that looks good up front — but does that theory hold up after six months or a year?

Tags: Tires, Retreads

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Trio of Trucking Resolutions

By Deborah Lockridge

Highway funding, driver respect and fixing CSA are on HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's wish list for 2013.

Tags: Drivers, Infrastructure, CSA

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: The latest models and trends

By Tom Berg

"Uncertainty" is the word people at most truck builders used to describe this year's business mood. Sales started strong, then slacked off in the summer as many buyers seemed to be waiting to see what would happen in the general economy and the presidential election

Tags: Class 8

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Getting Your Trucking Business Ready for Tax Season

By Colton Lawrence, Contributor

Have you been trucking since 1912 or earlier? If so, you are a true trucking pioneer, have an incredible fitness regimen and once earned an income without paying the Internal Revenue Service a dime

Tags: Business, Owner-Operators, Taxes

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Highway Hero Makes Healthy Living a Priority

Mike Schiotis, Goodyear's Highway Hero last year, is a proponent of eating healthy on the road.

By HDT

You might recognize Mike Schiotis's name from the harrowing tale of how he saved a woman from her gun-wielding boyfriend and was named Goodyear's Highway Hero. What you probably don't know about Schiotis is that he can

Tags: Driver Stories, Health, exercise, cooking, diet

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ahead of the fitness curve: Q&A with Bob Perry, founder of Rolling Strong

As part of his Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour, Bob Perry rolls a truck tire 7 miles and invites drivers to walk along.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Bob Perry has been trying to help drivers be healthier for about 25 years, but he was way ahead of the curve. It's only in the past couple of years that the industry has embraced the notion that healthier drivers are safer, happier and more productive

Tags: Diet & Nutrition, Drivers, Health

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prime Drivers Compete in Olympic Distance Triathlon

Driving tanker, flatbed, and refrigerated trailers, seven Prime drivers recently arrived in Anderson, S.C., to compete in the Revolution 3 Olympic-distance triathlon relay and aquabike

Tags: Driver Stories

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Tags: Health Issues, Sleep Apnea, ATA, Health, sleep disorders

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going the Distance: Triathlon Trucker Helps Others Get Fit

Siphiwe Baleka

It didn't take long on the road before Siphiwe Baleka realized he was getting a truckers gut. Baleka had just left a 15-year career working for nonprofit organizations and was working as a lease owner-operator for Prime Inc. while he figured out his next move

Tags: Driver Stories

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA Encourages Smokers to Ditch Cigarettes

As part of this year's National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, the Truckload Carriers Association has designated Sept. 20 as "Ditch the Pack" day

Tags: Health Issues

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Commercial Drivers Could Understate Sleep Apnea Symptoms

People who drive commercial vehicles could be incorrectly reporting their symptoms of sleep apnea due to fears of losing their jobs, according to a study presented at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, Austria

Tags: Health Issues

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Weight Loss Showdown Gives Driver New Lease on Life

Driver Carl Bailey lost 58 pounds during TCA's Weight Loss Showdown.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Carl Bailey's before and after weight-loss pictures make dropping 58 pounds look like magic

Tags: Diet & Nutrition

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Answers Questions About Driver Life Expectancy Statistics

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Truckload Requiring Agility Testing

A step test measures the ability to perform sustained work activities such as loading and unloading and repetitive clutching.

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers

Tags: Fleet Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study Finds Few Effects from Diesel Exhaust from EPA-07 Engines

The first results of what is said to be the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the health effects of exposure to new technology diesel engines has found no evidence of gene-damaging effects in the animals studied, and only a few mild effects on the lungs

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Rule Will Create Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Truck safety regulators are about to post a new, long-awaited rule aimed at shoring up driver medical standards

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celadon Named Healthy Trucking Fleet

Despite its size, Celadon's turnover rate is almost 50% less than the industry standard, which can be attributed, in part, to its wellness programs.

The first-ever Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award, a collaboration between FusionHealth and Navistar, was presented to Celadon Group at their headquarters in Indianapolis

Tags: Fleet Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

World Health Organization Says Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans based on evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers, Fleets Seek Healthier Lifestyles

Fifty-three-year-old driver Jeff Clark tries to run three times a week and ride his bike a couple days a week. He encourages other truckers to just get moving.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When Jeff Clark's company offered drivers the option of getting paid for unloading instead of hiring lumpers, he joined the Y to get his back in shape. He soon found it was more than his back that needed work

Tags: Driver Stories

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