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Big data, telematics, and the "internet of trucks" were discussed by a panel at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. Photo via Today's Trucking.

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Pathways to Better Truck Data for Fleets

The future of connected trucks lies in integration and reducing the number of entry points into a truck, according to a panel of industry experts speaking on data and “the internet of trucks” at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit in Mississauga, Ontario.

The Truck Dealer of the Year award honors excellence in business practices, industry leadership, and community service.

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What Top Dealers Can Tell Us About Trucking Trends

Connectivity, spec’ing trends, market disruptions, and market conditions are among the issues challenging dealers and their customers. We got insights from the nominees for the Truck Dealer of the Year award, presented by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Procede Software.

Tire service providers and retreaders can be a great source of failure analysis if the unit number and wheel position are tracked. Photos: Jim Park

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What's Wrecking Your Tires?

Since tires rarely self-destruct, there is always a smoking gun, and it’s in your best interest to find it. You do that through failure analysis.

Larry Lafreniere, Houston sales manager for Beasley Tire Service, explains the retreading process to one of its customers at the grand opening celebration for the company’s 36,000-square-foot retread plant. Photo: Beasley Tire Service

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The Truck Tire Trade War

Low cost Chinese tires and other changes to the commercial tire market are forcing top-Tier OEMs and dealers to rethink the services they offer fleets today.

Denise Rondini

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Commentary: Creating a Better Technician Training Ecosystem

If you want a better technician training ecosystem, sometimes you have to go out and make it happen. That's what some manufacturers created in California's Central Valley.

Owners should always conduct a pre-trip inspection of the trailer and key wear parts before taking off with each load. This includes inspecting the frame, chains and straps for damage. Photos: Talbert Manufacturing

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How to Maintain Heavy-Haul Trailers

Heavy-haul trailers see it all — rocks, ruts, bumps and jolts. It all translates to an increased risk of damage and it is vital that trailers are maintained properly.

Drivers should perform weekly pressure checks on a truck they are familiar with. Daily checks should be done on any vehicle they don’t drive every day. Photo: Michelin

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What Drivers Need to Know About Taking Care of Truck Tires

Drivers need to know more about their tires and be proactive when it comes to inspecting and maintaining them. But convincing drivers is never easy.

Jeff Harris, vice president, maintenance, USA Truck, is TMC's 2018 Chairman. Photo: USA Truck

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Q&A: TMC Chairman Jeff Harris to Focus on Technicians

This year's chairman of ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council says it all starts with truck technicians. Read our interview with USA Truck's Jeff Harris.

As truck OEMs use more advanced materials for body surfaces, education and training has become vital for body and paint technicians. Photo: 3M

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Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line

Keeping truck cabs in good repair has always been good for a fleet’s image. And today, it’s good for the bottom line as well.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the trucking industry will need an estimated 67,000 new technicians and 75,000 diesel engine specialists by 2022. Photo: Ryder

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The Battle for Diesel Technicians

As fleets face off against the growing technician shortage, the need grows for partnerships with educational institutions and enhanced recruiting and retention efforts.

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