HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

October 2015

Cover Story By Stephane Babcock
2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

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Features

Getting Your Cooling System Ready for Winter Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

As temperatures dip and the leaves change from green to yellow and red, it’s time to think about winterizing your trucks for the siege ahead.

Using Technology to Improve Workflow It’s about more than automating manual processes.

By Jim Beach

Workflow can take automation way beyond simply replacing the pen and paper with a smartphone into which a driver keys information.

How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers Photos: Con-way

By David Cullen

Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Departments

Six Axles and 91,000 Pounds: Will It Fly? Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Some tractors are specially spec’ed for pulling heavy water tankers, but normal road tractors also are used. Photos: Hartt Transportation

By Tom Berg

The latest congressional proposal authorizing a 91,000-pound weight limit adds productivity, but doesn’t always make operational or economic sense.

How Important are Balance and Alignment? Alignment is best used as a repair tool, not a diagnostic tool. The tires themselves will tell you when an alignment is needed.  Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets seem to run hot and cold on alignment and balance. Some swear by them, while others see them as unnecessary expenses.

Behind UPS' Decision to Make Collision Mitigation Standard UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that’s now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders.

By Deborah Lockridge

While UPS announced that it would be making collision mitigation technology standard on its Class 8 trucks, the decision had its beginnings as far back as 2012.

Changing How Fleets Buy Onboard Computers Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

By Jim Beach

Volvo, Mack, Omnitracs have inked a deal for fleet management services straight from the factory.

What Happens to Trucking When Interest Rates (Finally) Rise? Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By Evan Lockridge

One day the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates – perhaps as early as this fall. But what will this mean for trucking?

Editorials

Commentary: Leveling the Service Playing Field Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets and independent repair garages will soon have access to service information for model year 2010 and later trucks and buses over 10,000 pounds sold in the United States and Canada.

Commentary: Rocket Science Circa 1995 Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Today's complex engines may be different from in 1995 but the principles of getting better gas mileage haven't changed.

Commentary: Don't Leave Trade Schools out of 'Free College' Debate Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The skyrocketing cost of college tuition is indeed a problem. But at risk of being overlooked is the need to get more students into the nation’s trade schools.

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