HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

November 2015

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

Industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

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Features

Spec’ing Charging, Starting and Battery Systems No matter what type of batteries you use, they need to be securely mounted to the truck to prevent damage from vibration.

By Jim Park

If you haven’t spec’d a truck in the past few years, you might be surprised by how much the truck’s electrical needs have changed.

4 Suspension Maintenance Items You Might Overlook All bolts must be properly tightened and periodically checked for proper torque. Telltale signs of loose fasteners include shiny areas and weeping rust around them. Photo: Reyco Granning

By Tom Berg

These complex mechanisms cushion the truck, load and driver, but too often are victims of neglect.

The Impact of Truck Driver Wellness Programs Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Executives at several large long-haul fleets talk about their efforts to keep drivers healthy and happy through wellness programs in the final installment of HDT's Driver Dilemma series.

GHG Phase 2 Rules Don't Pass OEM Muster... Yet OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

By Jim Park

OEM comments on proposed EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 GHG regs show they’re nowhere near ready for prime time. What the agencies say in reply will speak volumes on where the rule is headed.

Departments

10 Things You Might Not Know About LNG LNG is trucked from the plant to fueling facilities at fleets or truckstops. The trailers are built like a Thermos bottle, with an inner and outer skin. Photo: Pivotal

By Deborah Lockridge

Lower diesel prices may have slowed interest in natural gas fuel, but liquefied natural gas can still be a good fit for certain applications.

Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

Strong Trailers Take Trash to Landfills A loaded Titan Thinwall trash-transfer trailer awaits transport outside a county facility near Delaware, Ohio. Though far from new, its aluminum welded-tube sides remain straight and unbowed. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trash-transfer trailers are highly specialized vehicles that must endure potentially destructive cargoes, yet they hold up for years of constant service.

A Safety Director Offers Steps to Success Hartman does not hesitate to tell drivers that they are the most important part of McLeod’s business at the beginning of each orientation and througout their employment. Photo: McLeod Express

By Mitzi Hartman

A fleet safety director offers tips on how to successfully promote safety within a fleet.

California Fleet Diversifies to Serve Customer Needs Dependable Highway Express, which provides truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, is just one of The Dependable Companies’ divisions. Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

The Dependable Companies talks providing value to customers through diversification of services in this Fleet Talk profile.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar MX-11 Pulls Stronger Than Expected The MX-11 looks rather ordinary, but performs like a bigger diesel. Six ratings, from 355 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,550 lb-ft, will be available. Both test vehicles had the top rating. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The new diesel from Kenworth and Peterbilt’s parent makes impressive power and torque, and saves 400 pounds over larger diesels.

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control Looks Ahead to Save Fuel Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades. It can be a multi-step procedure, and a driver might or might not notice them all. In rolling terrain, the system can save 1% to 2% in fuel, Kenworth says. Image: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades.

Editorials

OEMs Step up Efforts to Help Fleets Improve Total Cost of Ownership Denise L. Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It seems like truck makers are acknowledging they have fallen short in their efforts to help fleets improve uptime and lower their total cost of ownership.

Commentary: Why VW’s ‘defeat device’ is different from what happened in trucking

By Rolf Lockwood

The current situation surrounding the VW emissions scandal parallels trucking’s emissions difficulties that led to the “consent decree” in 1998.

Commentary: Why magazines are still important

By Deborah Lockridge

A print magazine like Heavy Duty Trucking magazine may seem quaint. Old-fashioned. Yet magazines give you something you can’t get digitally.

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