HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

February 2015

Cover Story By Jim Park
Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

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Features

How Important is Driver Pay? Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage?

By Deborah Lockridge

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage. Part 2 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.

By Denise Rondini

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Departments

Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van? Utilimaster’s upfit facility for Ram Truck in Saltillo, Mexico, installs equipment on heavy pickups and ProMaster vans, which are sent directly to dealers for delivery to customers.

By Tom Berg

Large Eurovans are taking over some work-truck roles, but there’s still a big place for service bodies.

Touting CNG in the Texas Triangle Love’s first began providing CNG to heavy-duty drivers in 2012, and has continued to expand its network throughout the U.S., including adding stations in eastern Texas. Photo via Love's

By Stephane Babcock

In eastern Texas, natural gas has seen successes within the highly traveled corridor linking three huge metro areas.

Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.

Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive Sweetland Transport anticipates a growth rate of more than 150% this year over last.

By Jim Beach

Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation.

By Tom Berg

Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

Editorials

Commentary: It's All About the Brakes Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Commentary: Mr. Spock Goes to Washington Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Instead of doing the logical thing and raising the fuel tax, politicians have come up with just about every cockamamie scheme you can imagine.

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