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Are 2.23% Fuel Savings Too Modest to Sell this Aero Improver? Maybe Not
Are 2.23% Fuel Savings Too Modest to Sell this Aero Improver? Maybe Not

July 9, 2013
It takes a tractor to move a trailer, which is why we’re looking at this new product from a small company: Tractor AeroKit from Flow Below Aero Inc., in...

Rise of the 6x2
Rise of the 6x2

May 13, 2013
It's still an oddball spec in road tractors, but some believe the 6x2 — a single drive axle with two powered wheels among six total wheel positions — will...

Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car
Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

April 26, 2017
Checking the mirrors should be a normal part of driving, but maybe 'Mike' had other things to look at than the car caught up in his trailer. Tom Berg has...

VorBlades Twist Air into Fuel-saving Vortices, Their Maker Claims
VorBlades Twist Air into Fuel-saving Vortices, Their Maker Claims

April 10, 2013
Here’s a new twist on aerodynamics: curved blades inside a rectangular structure that smooth air flow as it leaves a trailer’s surfaces. Called the VorBlade...

Volvo Thinks the Fuel of the Future is DME – and It’s Almost Here
Volvo Thinks the Fuel of the Future is DME – and It’s Almost Here

June 7, 2013
Think “alternative fuel” and what comes to mind – natural gas, or maybe propane? Volvo Trucks North America believes it has one better: dimethyl ether, or...

Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain
Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain

June 17, 2015
California trash fleet hopes ‘out of the box’ heavy-duty series hybrid will save big money in fuel.

Progressive Offers Deal on Trailer Skirts, But Ad's Included
Progressive Offers Deal on Trailer Skirts, But Ad's Included

March 1, 2013
Is your insurance company out to save you money? It is if it’s Progressive Commercial Auto Insurance, which has a special offer on trailer skirts.

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 2 - New Engines, More Options
Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 2 - New Engines, More Options

September 10, 2012
Interest in natural gas as a fuel for commercial trucks has been rising, thanks to the low cost of the fuel, and the desire of fleets to be "green" and...

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery
Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

February 9, 2010
Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel...

On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’
On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’

February 24, 2017
When encountering a slick road, it’s a real good idea to test the brakes to see how the rig behaves. Then you'll know what to expect in a real application.