How Tires Affect Fuel Economy Testing
Using different tires in a fuel economy test can compromise your calculations.
When setting out to evaluate a fuel-saving product, you don't want your numbers skewed by differences in rolling resistance from the tires. With some fuel-saving devices promising only marginal gains, the tires' contribution to the fuel consumption can adversely affect the apparent performance of the product. Here's what to watch for when setting up an evaluation or testing program.
Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry
There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.
On-And-Off Engine Patterns Can Be Hard on Oil
Fleets that do city deliveries are increasingly turning vehicles off during deliveries rather than letting them idle. While this saves fuel and cuts emissions, and in many cases conforms with local regulations, Chevron warns that it could be affecting your engine oil.
The Benefits of Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Explained
If you're still not convinced of the benefits of low-rolling-resistance tires, this short video from Goodyear might help.
There's little doubt left that tires formulated for lower rolling resistance work as advertised, but it's still tough to give up at few thousandths of an inch of tread. After all, tire miles are important, too. How much of a difference does the reduction in rolling resistance make?
5 Tips to Keep Your Battery Running in the Summer Heat
If you think the summer weather is easier on your battery than last winter's polar vortex, think again.
While warmer temperatures help to increase battery capacity, making it easier to turn over the engine, they also cause an increase in the rate at which the battery deteriorates. When the temperature is warmer, the current conducting grids corrode faster, reducing the life of your battery.