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Underinflated tires don't work very well
Underinflated tires don't work very well

January 3, 2012
Regular readers of Heavy Duty Trucking may know me as The Tire Guy. I've written the magazine's tire feature every month for the past four years or so. I...

What's a Good Driver?
What's a Good Driver?

December 20, 2011
Everybody wants good truck drivers these days. Funny thing though, the recruiting ads are usually desperately short on specifics. So what is a good driver?...

Automotive assembly with nothing to hide
Automotive assembly with nothing to hide

November 13, 2011
An automotive assembly plant with oak hardwood floors transparent glass walls? There's such a place, and it's where Volkswagon builds its luxury Phaeton...

HOS, windmills, dropped balls and the DOT
HOS, windmills, dropped balls and the DOT

November 8, 2011
What do the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have in common -- aside from coming under the purview of the...

Beware motorcycle wannabes with bicycle brains
Beware motorcycle wannabes with bicycle brains

October 31, 2011
They look like motorcycles, but they're regulated like bicycles. They have tiny motors supposedly incapable of propelling them faster than 20 mph. They...

Three Cheers and a Tiger for the Convoy Drivers
Three Cheers and a Tiger for the Convoy Drivers

October 16, 2011
There's something in a convoy of trucks that seems to stir a driver's imagination. It's being a part of something. A cog in something turning, as the...

Michigan's retread fee is a really dumb idea
Michigan's retread fee is a really dumb idea

October 9, 2011
Late last week, on an otherwise hum-drum news day, a notice came in indicating Michigan was contemplating a $5 environmental levy on retreaded tires. That...

Can EOBRs be hacked, or their data corrupted?
Can EOBRs be hacked, or their data corrupted?

October 2, 2011
One of the tenets of our legal system is the right to cross-examine your accuser. From trucking's perspective, this could mean proving the accuracy of a...

A Revolutionary Development in Powertrain Technology
A Revolutionary Development in Powertrain Technology

September 21, 2011
Humped torque curves were the norm in North American heavy-duty on-road diesel engine power maps for decades. Today's torque curves are much flatter, but...

We still haven't come to terms with brake adjustment
We still haven't come to terms with brake adjustment

September 11, 2011
Today is the beginning of Brake Safety Week in North America. CVSA inspectors will be doing a lot of brake stroke inspections this week, and also working...