HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

March 2017

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
14 Things You Need to Know Before ELDs Become Mandatory

Come Dec. 17, the paper logbooks that truck drivers have been required to use to track their hours of work and rest since the 1930s will be history for interstate trucking operations. Here are 14 things you need to know before that day arrives.

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Features

The Case for Fuel Filtration Supplemental fuel processors combine a fuel filter, water separator and heater all in one unit and are designed for severe conditions like extreme cold. Photo: Cummins Filtration

By Jim Park

Fuel filters are your engine’s first and last line of defense against expensive damage from water and particles of debris that are found in diesel fuel.

Spec'ing for Resale How vehicles are spec’ed in the first place can positively or negatively affect their resale value. Photo: Jim Park

By Denise Rondini

The way you spec your vehicles on the front end can have an impact on their value — either positive or negative — at resale time.

The Long and the Short of Truckload Today Intermodal is playing a larger role in changes in long-haul trucking. Ports on the East Coast, like the Port of Savannah, may see more traffic coming through the newly expanded Panama Canal, which could result in less freight being trucked across the country from West Coast ports. Photo: Port of Savannah

By David Cullen

In the third part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we look at how the length of haul is no longer the yardstick for truckload — innovation and flexibility are.

Departments

Weigh Station Bypass Saves Time for Car Hauler Moore Transport has been successful recruiting drivers for its fast-growing fleet, but long waits at weigh stations were taking a toll on driver satisfaction. Photos: Courtesy Drivewyze

By Deborah Lockridge

One of the biggest challenges for Ohio-based Moore Transport, a fast-growing auto carrier, is getting experienced drivers. But wasted time pulling into weigh stations multiple times a day was wearing on driver satisfaction.

Trends in Trailer Suspensions Trailer suspensions are oft neglected, so a robust and durable spec is mandatory. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

While suspension producers are constantly upgrading and improving their products and adding new models, overall trends in suspension uptake by fleets remain fairly constant.

When Safety Comes From the Top J&M operates 13 terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The fleet specializes in carrying industrial and food grade products, as well as liquid bulk goods. Photo: Bendix

By Deborah Lockridge

For J&M Tank Lines, safety technology is simply a tool in its quest to make sure drivers get home safely.

The Tales Trailer Tires Tell Once trailer tire wear begins, only corrective maintenance action will alleviate the problem. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Say what you will about a tire, but it won’t lie to you. If there are problems with wheel alignment, suspensions, braking or chassis, your tires will be happy to tell you, if you just take a look.

Editorials

Commentary: Who's Going to Earn Your Parts and Service Business? Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

In a panel at this year's Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, suppliers and distributors discussed how service providers who are easy to do business with are the ones that will come out on top.

Commentary: See the Light…and Everything Else Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

North American headlight standards are inherently dangerous because they don’t allow brightness levels to match the speeds we travel, says executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood. It’s just too easy to “over-drive” your lights.

Commentary: Separating Electronic Logs and Hours of Service Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The underlying issue for many fleets really isn’t so much the notion of using an electronic device to track driver hours — it is the hours of service regulations themselves.

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