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September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: Many Options

By Deborah Lockridge & Jim Park

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Dimethyl ether. Hybrid. Electric. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. There’s a virtual smorgasbord of available and potential fuel sources to power medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The critical question becomes which one, or which combination of fuel sources, represent the best path for fleets, manufacturers and the industry.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Improving Driver Performance with High-Tech Training

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C, wasn’t doing much re-occuring driver training other than a few defensive driving classes, but in 2010 decided to require six hours of either online or classroom training. It was so successful that in 2011 they increased it to eight hours, according to President Dennis Dellinger.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, PeopleNet, In-cab training, Instructional Technologies

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Current State of the Dry Bulk Business

Although the fracking boom has retreated, an upsurge in home building is giving dry bulk a boost.

By Kate Harlow

During the early years of the Great Recession, almost all trailer manufacturers experienced a sharp drop in demand for their wares. Dry bulk pneumatic trailers, however, were about to get a boon. Read more about the state of the dry bulk pneumatic trailer segment, how fracking has affected the industry, plus trailer-spec’ing tips.

Tags: Trailers, Fracking, Dry Bulk

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking The Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who share the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference, ATRI

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

TA says starting next year it will offer liquefied natural gas fueling stations for trucks like this new Kenworth available for rent from Paclease.

By Oliver Patton

If you’re skeptical about the future of natural gas in trucking, meet Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America.

Tags: Travel Centers of America

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

The changes in the 34-hour restart appear to be having the impact that both trucking interests and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expected.

By Oliver Patton

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles.

By Deborah Lockridge

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles. Fleets have long wanted to outsource more maintenance, but have been frustrated by problems with the quality, cost and speed of the work. Today, there are more pressures on fleets to outsource than ever.

Tags: Ryder, CSA, Rush Enterprises, WheelTime, Maintenance outsourcing, NationaLease, Maintenance

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EOBRs Are now ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule requiring electronic logging devices for keeping driver logs.

By Jim Beach

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, EOBRs, ELDs, Hours of Service, Drivers

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Achieve Maximum Productivity by Spec’ing the Right Truck

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Jim Sweeney

When looking to maximize the productivity of their fleets, executives should take advantage of the variety of resources available to them, both before and during the truck specification process. Industry experts can help them weigh and evaluate the hundreds of decisions awaiting them.

Tags: Spec'ing, Equipment, Fleets

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Tractors with gross-weight ratings of over 59,600 pounds, like this heavy haul model, are among those affected by FMVSS 121’s requirements for shorter stopping distances.

By Tom Berg

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

Tags: Volvo, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Brakes, Daimler Trucks North America, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, NHTSA

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Much is Your Trucking Company Really Worth?

By Chris Parisi, Allegiance Capital

Business valuations are often mythical, based upon hearsay or rumors of the most recent sale in the industry. To learn more about their company’s worth, many business owners get a professional business valuation, but these are less important than you might think.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Top Mobile Computing Trends

By Adam Kahn, Omnitracs director of product marketing

The new hours of service regulations have gone into effect, but they are only part of the challenges and opportunities faced by fleets. Adam Kahn, director of product marketing at Omnitracs, took a deeper look at emerging fleet management and mobile computing trends, and provided insight on how fleets can best use technology to stay on top of the changing industry.

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Which Drivers Make Good Lease-Purchase Candidates?

By Jim Park

While capacity is important, the DOT's new CSA enforcement regime and ever-nosier agencies like the IRS make it clear that you simply can't take people that need to be led by the hand into a lease-purchase program.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Taking the Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who shares the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: Drivers, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fleet Safety Conference, Fit to Drive

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

4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Your Cost-per-Mile

On-board computing systems can help cut cost per mile through helping improve fuel mileage, reducing out of route miles and more.

By Louis McAnally, VP Operations, PeopleNet

Fleet managers understand that reducing cost-per-mile (CPM) by a single penny means huge savings, considering the number of miles a fleet drives each year. Here's how technology can help.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, MPG, Information Technology, PeopleNet, HOS, Fuel and Oil, EOBRs

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things to do Now to Increase Your Company's Value

Chris Parisi is managing director of Dallas-based Allegiance Capital.

By Chris Parisi, Allegiance Capital

Whether you want to sell your company in a year, five years, even 10 years and beyond, there are five steps you need to take right now that will maximize your company’s value. Proper preparation will enhance the value of your company, make the transaction flow more smoothly, and avoid pitfalls that often terminate transactions midstream.

Tags: Business, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Healthcare Reform: Pay or Play

By Kirsti Correa

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires individuals to have health insurance, could change the way trucking companies handle their healthcare coverage policies for employees. The Truckload Carriers Association held a webinar on May 23 to discuss its analysis of the ACA and the impact it will have on the trucking industry.

Tags: Drivers, Business, Health

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telematics Unchained

By Jim Beach

You probably have a pretty good idea what a telematics system is, even if you don't know it by that name. You may know it as a fleet management system or GPS fleet management system or GPS vehicle tracking system.

Tags: Telematics, GPS, Technology

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

Regulations, Drivers, Truck Capacity Focus of Shipper Meeting

Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson, right, shares the stage with trucking analyst Thom Albrecht, managing director at BB&T Capital Markets, during the 11th Annual Transplace Shipper Symposium held in Dallas earlier this month. Sanderson and Albrecht encouraged shippers to treat drivers with respect — or risk not having reliable truck service as capacity tightens. (Photo courtesy Transplace)

By J.K. Jones, Contributor

Shippers must work smarter and cooperate closely with their carrier partners to offset expected losses in truck capacity caused by government regulation, according to presentations at the 11th Annual Transplace Shipper Symposium held earlier this month in Dallas.

Tags: Drivers, Transplace, Shippers

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Tips for Teaching New Log Rules

By HDT partner, Today's Trucking

New hours of service rules go into effect July 1. Are you ready? The American Trucking Associations has published an easy-to-use, free tipsheet to help you help your drivers understand the new HOS rules.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Training, Driver Training, Hours of Service

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

The Army National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

By Oliver Patton

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, Immigration reform, Drivers, Recruiting

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Pay: A New Look at an Old Problem

By Evan Lockridge

Truck driver pay is often summed up in just two words: Not enough. But one analyst sums up the situation lately with the words “productivity bonuses” and “sign-on bonuses.” Gordon Klemp, publisher of the National Survey of Driver Wages, talks about whether those are good or bad in this story from the May issue of HDT.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver pay, Drivers

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

9 Ideas to Find & Keep Drivers

By Deborah Lockridge

Whenever there's a panel discussion about driver turnover and the coming driver shortage, low pay is always pointed to as a culprit. Yet when it comes to making drivers happy, pay often takes a backseat to the bigger picture.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver pay, Driver retention, Driver recruitment

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

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Management Software: No Longer Islands of Automation

PeopleNet recently unveiled a mobile app that sends alert notices to fleet managers when a critical event occurs. The app displays a map of the location, vehicle and driver information.

By Jim Beach

Whether you call it a trucking management system, fleet management software, trucking enterprise software or a freight management system, in a nutshell, these systems manage vehicles (and the things on them), people and money.

Tags: Qualcomm, Bendix, XRS, TMW, TMS, Carrier Logistics, Paul's Hauling, McLeod Software

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative-fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go gree, including using telematics.

By Kate Harlow

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward “going green.” "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply, during a session for the National Truck Equipment Association's recent Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Tags: Telematics, Verizon, Alternative Fuels, Green Truck Summit, Gulfeagle Supply

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety&Compliance: Beware these background screening pitfalls

By Deborah Lockridge

If you haven't taken a look at your driver hiring and screening procedures in a while, it's time for a thorough review to avoid running afoul of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Tags: Safety and Compliance

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Five Key Facts About Selling A Transportation Company

By Mark Dyer, Allegiance Capital Corp.

Today, succession planning is not just about having a plan in place for your eventual retirement, or in case you unexpectedly kick the bucket. You may end up selling your company. Here are five key things to keep in mind.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-tech Savings at the Fuel Island

By Jim Beach

Truckstop operators have always used technology to meet customer needs and remain competitive. From relatively low-tech devices such as pay phones and fax machines to high-tech services such as wireless Internet access, shore power connections and smart phone apps, truckstops remain places drivers can connect — with both the office and home.

Tags: Comdata, Technology, Telogis, NexTraq, Z-Con, Truckstops, Diesel, Fuel and Oil

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 - Feature

Transborder Trucking

By Jim Park

Today, borders aren’t so much barriers as they are trade portals. Yes, security concerns and trade issues have thickened our northern and southern borders in recent years, but the volume of NAFTA-region trade increased substantially at the same time.

Tags: NAFTA, Ace, E-Manifest, Canada, Mexico

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Trent Dye has the Personal Touch

Trent Dye, Paramount Freight Systems, Jeffersonville, Ohio.

By Deborah Lockridge

“Drivers don't leave companies, they leave people,” says Trent Dye. It's that philosophy, put into action in various ways, that has helped him lead Paramount Freight Systems to be the owner-operator winner two years in a row in the Truckload Carriers Association's “Best Fleet to Drive For” competition. And at press time, he was hoping for a three-peat. It's also helped drive the success of a company that was founded as the nation was going into the Great Recession in 2008.

Tags: Awards, Paramount Freight Systems, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2013 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Talk Drivers, Equipment, More

By Deborah Lockridge & Oliver Patton

Each year, HDT honors the industry's most innovative truck fleet leaders with its Truck Fleet Innovator Award. Winners are profiled in the magazine, honored during a special event in conjunction with the Mid-America Trucking Show and become a valued resource for HDT's editors.

Tags: Fleet Innovators, Drivers, Prime Inc., Paramount Freight Systems, Cowan Systems LLC, Jet Express

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electrifying the Windy City

Crane Carrier Corp.'s COE-2 chassis, supplied as rolling glider kits, will be the basis for the Chicago trucks. They'll use Motiv Power electric drive systems and Loadmaster compacting bodies.

By Tom Berg

Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty, electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first of their kind in the nation. The electric trucks will run almost silently, produce practically no emissions and, with no traditional pow-ertrains to fuel and maintain, will cut operating costs by at least 50%, says Jim Castelaz, chief executive officer of Motiv Power Systems.

Tags: Motiv Power, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, EVs

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

The Art & Science of Routing

The ability to get a truck (or load) from here to there along the safest, shortest and quickest route is probably the most fundamental problem a fleet manager faces.

By Jim Beach

Whether truckload, LTL, local delivery or any other type of operation, all fleets want the same thing: to get their work done as quickly and as safely possible while burning as little fuel as possible.

Tags: Technology, ALK Technologies, Rand McNally, Routing, NexTraq, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, Prophesy Transportation Solutions, Paragon Software, Navigation

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 - Feature

Con-way Communicates Safety

Con-way Freight works to stress safety to its employees in a variety of ways.

By Kate Harlow

With the advent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s flagship Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a new premium was put on safety. This required a number of fleets to focus on the issue like never before.

Tags: FMCSA, Con-way Freight, CSA, Safety & Compliance

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 - Test Drives

Test Drive: Cat CT-660 at Work

The CT-660 comes with a setback steer axle. A CT-680 with a set-forward axle is due out later this year.

By Tom Berg

When reviewing a product like the Caterpillar CT-660, there is no replacement for getting the opinion of the people who have been using it day in and day out. “The drivers love it,” said John “Dick” Jones, president of Jones Fuel Co. in Columbus, Ohio, talking about the fleet’s first in-service dump truck.

Tags: Caterpillar, Test Drive, Vocational

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, Apps

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

By Bob Rose, Contributor

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, compliance, CSA, Hazmat

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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CargoNet Offers Cargo Theft Prevention Tips

CargoNet's analysis of historical cargo theft data shows that the rate of cargo theft increases over holiday weekends, so it's offering suggestions for how companies can help prevent theft

Tags: Topics & Trends, Security

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