HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

September 2017

Cover Story By Jack Roberts
Smart Trucks Have Already Arrived

A new kind of truck is already here. And very soon, the incredible capabilities of these smart, connected vehicles will revolutionize virtually every aspect of fleet operations.

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Features

4 Tips to Get the Bypass Green Light Photo: Help Inc.

By Steve Vaughn, Help Inc.

Whether you’re a trucking fleet executive, safety director, company driver or an owner-operator, if your safety scores aren’t where you would like them to be, you’re probably not getting bypass green lights as often as you wish. But there is a solution – and it’s nearly as close as your backyard.

Going Beyond Electric and Natural Gas Director of Fleet Procurement Mike Casteel says UPS has “a lot of experience with propane autogas,” including running over 2,000 propane-powered package cars in the U.S. and Canada. iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

Electric and natural gas vehicles are the most well-known alternatives to diesel, but here’s a look at other alternative fuels that may be in the running for certain truck applications.

How Fleets are Using Solar Power Canada’s Groupe Robert is using six solar panels and four deep-cycle batteries to keep drivers comfortable and batteries charged. Photo: Groupe Robert

By Deborah Lockridge

Solar panels have moved off building rooftops and onto trucks, tractors, and trailers.

Why Some Fleets Still Like Natural Gas Ryder’s Scott Perry sees an 800-pound gorilla named California at the fuel pump, which could eventually help drive up sales of natural-gas vehicles. Photo: Ryder

By David Cullen

Some fleets opt to run on natural gas instead of diesel, a decision fueled by one or more key influences.

Electric Trucks: Zap in the Pan?

By Jim Park

Electric trucks are coming to market on the strength of their lack of tailpipe emissions. But can trucking get over the cost, weight, and range hurdles?

Departments

FTC Uses Online Tech to Keep Drivers Trained Based in Oklahoma City, FTC Transportation is a small dedicated carrier for the Feed the Children Program, delivering food and relief to those in need. Photo: FTC Transportation

By Steven Martinez

With drivers rarely in the same place at the same time, CarriersEdge has helped FTC keep its fleet tops in safety.

What's New in Dump Trailers? New Mac aluminum end-dumps gleam in the lights of the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year. Many lose their luster in day-to-day work, but are still are valued for their light weight and corrosion resistance. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Think you’re seeing a lot of aluminum end-dump trailers in recent years? You are. Aluminum’s in, but steel still has a place.

Alignment and Balancing: Hassle, or Worth the Hustle? Many fleets dread the downtime. But according to Rush Truck Centers, front-end alignments can be done in as little as 90 minutes. Photo:  Rush Truck Centers

By Jack Roberts

There are three strong arguments in favor of a good tire alignment and balancing program, experts say: Fuel, tread life, and drivers.

Paper Transport Buys Into Safety-Focused Culture Safety & Compliance Award winner Ken Marvenko owes some of the success of his fleet safety program to a 100% buy-in from all of the decision-makers within the company. Photo:  Paper Transport

By Stephane Babcock

2017 HDT Safety & Compliance Award winner Ken Marvenko talks about the task of taking over Paper Transport's safety department and how buy-in can affect fleet safety culture.

Editorials

Commentary: Fast-Tracking Technicians Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The TechSpedite program teaches technicians how to do the job not just from a technical perspective but from a personal and professional perspective too, explains Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her September column.

Commentary: The Other Shortage - Heavy-Duty Technicians Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The shortage of able technicians is going to bite us if we don’t find a fix. In fact, it already is, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Commentary: Can Autonomous Trucks Help You Attract Fresh Talent? Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We tend to shake our heads and roll our eyes at the breathless coverage in the mainstream and tech media about “driverless trucks”. But there’s one good thing about all this coverage: It’s helping to make trucking look “cool”, says Editor In Chief Deborah Lockridge in her September editorial.

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