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A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.
Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles
By Jim Park
Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.
One thing for sure in the competition: A blue truck would win. Kenworth’s T880 (at far right) scored the highest vs. (from left) the International WorkStar 7600 and Peterbilt 567. Bottom line: The KW “was a nicer truck to drive.” Photo: Tom Berg
Why Kenworth’s T880 Won the ATD Truck of the Year
By Tom Berg
Senior Editor Tom Berg explains how he and the other judges picked Kenworth's T880 vocational truck as the ATD's 2015 Commercial Truck of the Year.
Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.
9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance
By Denise Rondini
Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.
Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.
Powertrain Specs: More Science Than Art
By Jim Park
Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.
The plow-like scraper removes snow as the trailer moves under the device. A rubber tip on the steel blade protects the roof. Pyle has 15 installed at its terminals in the Northeast, with two more scheduled.
A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice From Van Trailers
By Tom Berg
Although laws in several states require owners to clean off the roofs before the vehicles head for the road, that’s easier decreed than done.

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PDA Provides Quick Estimates Across the U.S. Property Damage Appraisers are a national network of appraisers providing estimate services for trucks damaged through accidents.
New Option Packages Now Available for Freightliner Truck Freightliner trucks announced that new option packages were available to order for its Class 6/7 M2 106 truck. The packages were originally revealed at the 2014 Work Truck Show.
BF Goodrich Releases Dealer Locater App BFGoodrich Truck Tires released a dealer locator app that allows drivers to locate BFGoodrich commercial truck dealers on the road
Eco-flaps Splash Guards Expanded to 18-Inch Widths Andersen Flaps will now offer its Eco-flaps splash guard line in 18-inch widths that can be paired with wide-based tires.
UltraShift Plus Transmissions Now Allow for 2-Speed Axle Compatibility Eaton recently increased the functionality of its UltraShift Plus automated transmissions to allow for compatibility with two-speed axles.
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Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.

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