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How Tires Affect Fuel Economy Testing
Using different tires in a fuel economy test can compromise your calculations.
<p>Apples to oranges. Accurate fuel economy test results can only be obtained using idendical trucks, including the tires.</p> By Jim Park
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
By Staff
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
<p><strong>The engine off/engine on pattern of city deliveries can be hard on the oil.</strong> <em>Photo: Deborah Lockridge</em></p> By Deborah Lockridge
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.
By Jim Park
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.
<p><em>Photo: Jim Park</em></p> By By Phil Shumard and Maria Orlando-Krick, EnerSys
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.

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Bandag B799 Tread for Mild Mixed-Service Retreads Bridgestone's new Bandag B799 tread is designed for retread tires being used in mild mixed service.
PressurePro, Truck Systems Technologies Announce Partnership Advantage PressurePro and Truck Systems Technologies have teamed up to give fleets new tire pressure monitoring capabilities.
CMA Launches Duraturn Tire Brand China Manufacturers Alliance launched the Duraturn tire brand at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference.
<p><em><br /></em></p> Adjustable Forks Standard On ST 1085 Mobile Column Lifts Sertil-Koni has announced that adjustable forks will come standard on all ST 1805 Mobile Column Lifts.
Penray Releases New Synthetic Media Heavy-Duty Coolant Filters Penray has released a line of heavy-duty coolant filters which feature new synthetic media technology.

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