HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

January 2016

Cover Story By David Cullen
Safety Profiles No Easy Fix

Technology can help, but polishing a safety profile will always be about improving driver behavior and equipment maintenance.

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Features

8 Ways to Make Outsourcing Work For You If you choose the right service provider, their technicians can even take diagnostic tools out into the field.  Photo: Travel Center

By Denise Rondini

Many fleets have tried outsourcing, only to bring their maintenance and repair work back in house because of negative experiences. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

More Options For Buying Used Paccar Financial runs several lots that sell vehicles just in from leases, mostly Kenworths and Peterbilts. Photo: Packer Financial

By Tom Berg

Low interest rates for loans and growing supplies of used equipment help buyers, and there are hundreds of places to shop.

Departments

Custom App Helps Covenant Meet Ever-Expanding Needs Photo: Covenant Transportation Group

By Stephane Babcock

In the ever-changing world of technology, Covenant Transportation Group is taking advantage of the ever-increasing evolution of some of the smallest of these gadgets — the smartphone.

How Truck Tires Have Evolved New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly.

By Jim Park

The tread designs of medium- and heavy-duty truck tires have become more sophisticated and tailor-made for specific applications and wheel positions.

A Look at the California-Compliant Trailer It doesn’t take much to meet CARB’s 2010 requirements for trailer aero, but even this can be too much for some fleets.

By Jim Park

There’s a California-compliant trailer in your future, whether you want it or not. But what’s not to want?

How Not to Lose Sleep Over Apnea A common therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP. Photos: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By David Cullen

Despite sleep apnea’s devastating impact on highway safety and personal well-being, truck drivers can be easily and affordably treated for this common medical condition.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD's a Big Leap Forward The 2016 XD’s exterior styling will be shared with a gasoline-engine XD and with regular Titans. Thanks to lower spring and shock rates than on ¾-ton pickups, an XD rides better over pavement and rough terrain. Photo: Nissan NA

By Tom Berg

The beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between ½-ton and ¾-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins power.

Editorials

Efforts Under Way to Get More Training to Independent Garages Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Component suppliers and others are making moves to ensure technicians at independent repair garages are well trained.

Will Global Interest Spur DME Adoption in North America? DME was one of a number of alternative fuels tested in Europe by Volvo in real-world service with hauling firms. Photo: Volvo

By Deborah Lockridge

Low oil and diesel prices have dampened interest in alternative fuels, and dimethyl ether, more commonly known as DME, is no exception. But will global interest in DME hasten its adoption as a fuel in North America?

Commentary: New Year Brings Hope From Washington Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

The year went quickly, but that’s because so much happened — largely good in our trucking sphere. You don’t need me to review things, but a couple of developments late in 2015 leave me very hopeful about what lies ahead.

Commentary: Congress Pulls a FAST One on Highway Funding Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The simple fact that we finally have a long-term bill is good news yet for a bill that is supposed to be about funding the updating and upkeep of our nation’s highways and bridges, the “funding” portion is disappointing.

Commentary: Four Lessons to Learn From 2015

By Evan Lockridge

We’ve all heard the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s one to take to heart looking back at 2015.

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