HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

June 2008

Cover Story By Oliver Patton
Fuel Crisis Survival

Diesel price hikes take trucking into uncharted territory. Industry pushes for help on Capitol Hill.

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Features

The Driver Connection

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Fleets seeking to modify driver behavior have many more tools at their disposal today than ever before.

Technology to the Rescue

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Dispatch and routing systems, fuel purchasing applications and other solutions are proving their fuel-saving worth.

Trailer Economy

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Five long days of testing showed trailer aerodynamics and wide-base single tires are best bets to save fuel.

Grace Under Pressure

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.

Hybrid Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Manufacturers make progress on hydraulic systems while electric-drive trucks gain orders.

Spec Economy

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Spec a truck right, and you'll get top fuel economy. Do it wrong, and you could be doomed.

Onboard Idling Solutions

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

APUs and other onboard idle reduction technologies show promise, but fleet adoption has been slow.

Clean Power

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Pull in, plug in, pay up, and enjoy. It's that simple, it's that cheap, and it's for real.

Idling Solutions

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Managing Editor

IdleAire - truckstop power, internet, entertainment, training system - stalls out.

Fuel Crisis Survival

By Jim Beach

Caterpillar's Top Five Tips to Improve Economy

Driving To Survive

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

With diesel cost-per-mile now well over 60 cents, anything you can do to save fuel offers significant savings.

Stayin' Alive

By Bette Garber, Contributing Editor

Small fleets and owner-operators are hardest hit by the fuel squeeze. Here's how the strong survive.

Editorials

Deflecting Fuel Savings

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A driver's suggestion saved this small fleet $1 million on fuel in just two years..

Trucking's Compelling Story

By Deb Whistler, Editor

The fuel crisis is an opportunity for trucking to get its message heard.

The Shutdown Experience

By Doug Condra, President

Did we learn anything from past trucker strikes? Looks like we did.

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