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New Hours-of-Service FAQs

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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IdleAir Looks to Set Up Locations at Fleet Terminals

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.

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

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Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

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.

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.

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5 Ways to Succeed or Fail as an Owner-Operator

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.

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

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

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.

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Say Goodbye to Booster Cables

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.

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How to Improve Fuel Efficiency on the Road

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.

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Inverter Installation: Troubleshooting 101

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?

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Leasing Regulations: What to Watch Out For

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”).

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