HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

January 2015

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
In Search of Drivers

In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. Unfortunately, fleets are finding it difficult to reverse the trend. Part 1 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

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Features

3PLs Today and Tomorrow Third party logistics companies have become a key part of goods movement.

By Jim Beach

Outsourcing their transportation management functions to 3PLs gives shippers more flexibility to meet their shipping needs and access to the latest transportation management technologies.

Powertrain Specs: More Science Than Art Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

By Jim Park

Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

By Tom Berg

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

Bypassing Tolls and Weigh Stations with Technology Bypassing weigh stations can save fleets time and fuel, which can cut costs immensely when multiplied over numerous vehicles. Photo: istockphoto.com

By Stephane Babcock

Toll and weigh station bypass technology can help fleets cut costs and time, while the vehicle keeps rolling down the road.

Departments

How Well do you Know CSA?

By John Simms of HNI

Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it’s no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA.

9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.

By Denise Rondini

Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.

Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg

By Jim Park

If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.

A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice From Van Trailers The plow-like scraper removes snow as the trailer moves under the device. A rubber tip on the steel blade protects the roof. Pyle has 15 installed at its terminals in the Northeast, with two more scheduled.

By Tom Berg

Although laws in several states require owners to clean off the roofs before the vehicles head for the road, that’s easier decreed than done, as Tom Berg explores in January's Once Around the Yard.

What You Can Learn From Tires When You're Ready to Scrap Them By the time a tire gets to the retreader, its unit number and wheel position information may be lost forever. It’s best to inspect the tire as it comes off the truck.

By Jim Park

Scrap piles call tell a lot about how fleets are using their tires and help reduce tire costs and improve miles to removal.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Daimler's Detroit Assurance Safety System Detroit Assurance includes an optional Lane Departure Warning system consisting of a forward-looking camera that detects roadway lane markings. Drivers get audible alerts if they cross out of a lane without using the turn signal.

By Jim Park

Detroit Assurance is the name of a new safety system from Daimler Trucks North America that could save your hide in a crash while saving fuel in less dire circumstances.

Editorials

Commentary: Speak Up On Aftermarket Issues Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

It’s that time of year when suppliers, distributors and service providers all gather to talk to each other, share best practices and to discuss the future of the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Commentary: Make 2015 the Year of Relationships Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

In the day-to-day hustle of deadlines, whether it’s a magazine article or blog, delivering freight or building trucks, it’s hard to find enough time to build and nurture relationships with friends and co-workers.

Commentary: Trucks Could Borrow From F1 Hybrid Tech Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

The latest hybrid V-6 Formula One engines are marvels of technology that may give us a glimpse into the future of truck efficiency and performance.

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