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Photo courtesy of Goodyear.
It's National Tire Safety Week
By Jim Park
Tire maintenance plays a big role in fleet safety and efficiency. Now is a good time to remind drivers and technicians about the importance of proper tire care.
A well formulated mentor program assigns new technicians to more skilled technicians who can answer their questions and serve as an industry expert. Photo: Ryder
9 Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Technicians
By Denise Rondini
For many fleets the diesel technician shortage is already a reality. Here are nine things that will help you in your technician recruiting and retention efforts.
Is Your Coolant/Antifreeze Ready for Summer?
By Colin Dilley, VP of Technology, Prestone
Truck fleets that traverse the North American continent this summer, spanning regions from the North to the South and both coasts, know that one of the few constants among those thousands of miles of pavement will be stifling heat and oppressive humidity.
Check and record tire pressure and tread depth every time you see a tire. Photo courtesy of Goodyear
Tire Maintenance with Ryder's Scott Perry
By Jim Park
Ryder Systems has one of the most diverse fleets in the country, and one of the largest. Management of that fleet's tire assets falls to Scott Perry, vice president of supply management. You may not find him out in the yard gauging tires, but he certainly responsible for getting every last penny in value from his tires.
(Clockwise from top l.) Goodyear's G661, G731, G949, and G933
Finding Replacement Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks
By Paul Clinton
Fleet managers opting for new replacement tires instead of retreads for their medium-duty trucks must tailor the tire to not only the specific gross vehicle weight, but also to the application and specific conditions in which the vehicle will operate.

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Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. (Photo courtesy of Able Communications)
OEM-Provided Telematics Platforms Could 'Disrupt' Industry
By Jim Beach
OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.
Chevron's Jim McGeehan Photo: Chevron
Chevron Oil Expert McGeehan to Retire
By David Cullen
Jim McGeehan, Consulting Scientist for Delo engine oils, has elected to retire from Chevron effective June 30, 2015, according to Chevron Products Co.
Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.
Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year
By Paul Clinton
The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.
Photo left to right: Mark Willis – HDA Truck Pride, Bobby Willingham & Alan Davenport – owners of Davenport and Willingham, Edward Neeley – Truck Supply Company of South Carolina – sponsoring member. Photo: HDA Truck Pride
HDA Truck Pride Names Truck Service Expert of the Year
HDA Truck Pride named Davenport and Willingham the 2014 Truck Service expert of the year at the HDTA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Wabash National Signs Aurora Parts to Exclusive Deal
Wabash National announced a five-year agreement with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of aftermarket parts the company's trailers and brands.
Dossier Updated With Cloud Services
Dossier Systems has announced the release of Dossier v.6.4, the latest version of the software with cloud-based features.
Jim Winsor in the mid-2000s.
Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away
Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.
The Rihm Parts and Service facility in St. Elmo, Minn. Photo: Rihm Kenworth
Rihm Kenworth Expands to Twin Cities Region
Rihm Kenworth has opened a new parts and service location in Lake Elmo, Minn., to provide expanded service support to customers and truck operators in the Twin Cities metro area.
Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website
Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.
Peterbilt, Paccar Offer New Truck Warranties
Customers who purchase a new Peterbilt truck and finance through Paccar Financial will receive updated warranty coverage going forward, the company announced.

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Michelin Shows Uniroyal-Branded Truck Tires in Canada Michelin is reinvigorating the Uniroyal brand for a line of lower-cost intermediate market truck tires to meet the growing demand for low-cost tires now served by budget-priced imports.
TPMS+ Has Bright, Capable 'Pulse' Display The screen features a quick-glance alert notice and allows users to customize their screens by prioritizing alerts and information displays.
Optimax 365 Uses UV Light for Leak Detection The Tracerline Optimax 365 is a cordless, rechargeable UV leak detection flashlight featuring ultra-high-flux LED technology.
Light Monitoring System Cuts Down on Violations The Phillips Industries Lite-Sentry is a trailer-chassis light monitoring system that alerts a driver when a light has gone out on a trailer.
SkyBitz Delivers Tire Warnings for PSI This mutual program from SkyBitz and PSI provides fleet managers real-time alerts of tire faults to enable prompt maintenance.
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Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.

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