HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
HDT's Top Green Fleets of 2017

This is the fifth year we’ve recognized some of the country’s “greenest” fleets with our Top Green Fleets award – and this year, we’ve narrowed the field and made it more competitive, honoring 25 of the most fuel-efficient, environmentally conscientious, alternative-fuel-forward fleets in the U.S.

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Features

70 Answers to Top ELD Questions

By HDT Staff

The ELD mandate has led to a lot of questions for fleets, with the government continuing to clarify and tweak the regulation weekly. We’ve endeavored to find answers to the most common questions that arise, starting with the basics.

New Tech, New Challenges for Axles & Suspensions

By Jack Roberts

As the trucking industry moves into the future, even the most basic components can be subject to new operational demands. Here’s how heavy-duty axle manufacturers are responding.

HDT's 2018 Class 8 Truck Preview Paccar’s new, fully integrated powertrain featuring the all-new Paccar Automated Transmission offers customers 399 lbs. of total vehicle weight savings and 7% total fuel economy savings on the Model 579 Epiq model.

By Jack Roberts

A host of new models and features show that 2018 will be a game-changer in terms of Class 8 truck productivity and technology.

A New Frontier in Diagnostics Diagnostic tools are vital for fleet maintenance procedures today. But the systems can be expensive and difficult to use across different makes and models of trucks. Photo: Rush Truck Centers

By Jack Roberts

Diagnostic devices on the shop floor are powerful maintenance tools. But as with any new technology, fleets are still learning how to uses them in a cost-effective manner.

Which Way to the Smart Highway? There’s no one route to the future, yet there already are on ramps open to it.

By David Cullen

If you were asked to describe a smart highway, you might say it swiftly collects tolls. You might say it speeds the flow of goods. You might say it advances safety. You might even say it glows. And you might say, how on Earth do I merge onto this ribbon of wonder?

Departments

Refuse Fleet Depends on Aluminum Trailers Enviro Recyclers Inc. uses East Genesis smooth-sided aluminum refuse trailers like this one to haul trash and recycling. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Deborah Lockridge

A variety of trailers serve a growing Georgia business, but the light weight and strength of aluminum trailers allow for higher payloads for the refuse hauler.

Swift Celebrates Tech Excellence With SwiftTech Competition At the SwiftTech competition, technicians were given simulated problems to troubleshoot and solve within a set time limit. Photos: Steven Martinez

By Steven Martinez

Swift’s annual SwiftTech competition goes beyond pitting techs against each other in a series of trials. Learn more in the November HDT Fleet Talk.

What You Don't Know About Your Wheels Can Hurt You If you don’t use the proper tools, you’ll never know how much – or how little – clamping force you have on the wheels. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There’s much more to wheel installation — and many more pitfalls to taking shortcuts — than you may think. If you haven’t reviewed your wheel installation procedures lately, here’s something to think about.

Camera-Based Safety System Slashes Kroger's Collision Rate in Half Kroger found “it only took about a week for drivers to forget that the event camera was there” and that an unexpected bonus from adopting DriveCam has been a drop-off in maintenance costs.

By HDT Staff

Kroger has rolled out video telematics to its fleet of more than 1,200 tractor-trailers, and is already seeing a significant reduction in collisions, handheld phone use, and unbelted drivers.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Bold New Look for an Old Dog There will be no mistaking an Anthem when you see one coming down the road. Mack has dumped the conservative Pinnacle set-back axle model in favor of this show-stopper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There will be no mistaking an Anthem when you see one coming down the road. Mack has dumped the conservative Pinnacle set-back axle model in favor of this show-stopper, writes Jim Park in this Test Drive.

Editorials

Commentary: 3 Ways to Improve Technician Recruiting Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets have been struggling with the technician shortage for years, and it doesn’t look like there will be a silver bullet to solve the problem anytime soon. However, there are some things you can do to improve your odds of getting the technicians you need.

How ELDs Could Cut the High Cost of 'Crash Harm' Crash harm costs in six Oregon truck crash ‘hot spots.’

By Evan Lockridge

A pilot study by Oregon State University illustrates the high economic cost of having too few safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest — but an indirect solution may be on the horizon. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Commentary: It's Time to Think About Hourly Pay Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Seriously evaluating how we pay drivers is something trucking needs to do as the industry faces a worsening shortage, suggests Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her November editorial.

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