HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

November 2014

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

HDT honors the industry leaders in sustainability, which show the path to being green is different for every fleet.

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Features

Is There A Set Time to Change Air Springs? This 14-year-old Heil pneumatic tanker owned by South Shore Transportation in Ohio runs only about 150 miles a day, and its air springs finally needed replacement last month. All four bags were changed out.

By Tom Berg

Type of service and wear, along with road damage, tend to establish any schedule, if that’s possible.

Attracting New Clients and Drivers through Branding Long Haul Trucking’s gunslinger paint job has made the rounds not only along the highways and byways, but also at industry events, such as the Mid-America Trucking Show last March.

By Stephane Babcock

From the November issue: A new look can go a long way in turning heads while spreading your brand message to people on the road as well as to potential drivers.

Departments

Avoiding Damage From Aggressive Cargoes A corrosive fluid pitted this stainless steel tanker’s interior and started serious rusting. It might or might not be repairable. Once pitting occurs, the material is weakened and it’s likely to happen again. Knowing exactly what a commodity is enables a carrier to use the correct type of tanker and avoid such expensive damage.

By Tom Berg

The Liquid Products Database lists 5,000-plus substances and how they affect the interior walls of tank trailers.

Creating a Safety Environment (L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment, co-sponsor of the award; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver development, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing.

By Stephane Babcock

Winners of the 2014 Volvo Truck Safety Awards believe safety starts at the top, but the driver is the most important part of the equation.

Protecting Data Is Key to Good Business Technology comes with many benefits, as well as some vulnerabilities.

By Steven Martinez

Understanding what data your company has is just as important as protecting it in the information age.

Getting the Most Out of Your Tire Program Comprehensive tire management can turn a pile of beat-up rubber into a pile of gold.

By Jim Park

What to track in a tire program to make sure you’re getting the most out of every day they spend on the road.

How Simulators Can Help Save Fuel In this Eco-Drive challenge program, you can see the driver accelerating gradually while the non-fuel-saving-truck on the left has raced ahead to the next light. Look at the red arrow below the truck graphic on the left that indicates the energy being wasted in hard braking.

By Deborah Lockridge

From the November Issue of HDT - Driving simulators aren't just for new drivers or safety training, they can be used to teach drivers how to improve fuel economy by breaking bad habits.

Test Drives

QuickSpin: Using Eaton's Procision Dual-Clutch Transmission Even on a 20% grade, the Hill Helper held the truck until the clutch engaged and the engine got the truck moving. On the downslope the clutch held the truck in gear until an upshift was necessary. It never coasted downhill.

By Jim Park

Eaton’s Procision dual-clutch medium-duty automated transmission promises automatic-like driver feel with manual performance attributes.

Test Drive: Western Star 5700XE Western Star's 5700XE is a Classic-style truck in aerodynamic wrap.

By Jim Park

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big classic-styled truck with second-to-one aerodynamics.

Editorials

Better Maintenance Scheduling Leads to Better Service Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Staying on top of maintenance not only improves the condition of vehicles, it can lead to improved business.

Commentary: The Shrinking Globe Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Today the transportation and logistics world is becoming increasingly global. We want to start giving you a broader global perspective about what's going on in trucking around the world.

Commentary: Literacy Impacts Workplace Communication Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Literacy isn't just about understanding what words mean but about making yourself understood. And about having some sort of impact with the words you choose to use.

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