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Retreading Wide-base Tires

Most fleets could get a good trailer tire out of a third-generation retreaded tire.

Wide-base tires aren’t cheap. Not that duals are cheaper, but in a single wide-base tire you have an investment approaching the cost of a pair of standard tires. Minimizing the life-cycle cost of those big wide tires almost demands that they be retreaded.

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A Change in Aerodynamics

Kenworth's Advantage tractor-trailer is a working concept vehicle engineered to produce optimum...

Most of the low-hanging aerodynamic fruit has already been plucked from the engineering tree. Truck makers and their design teams are now actively exploring options they would have ignored a decade ago. It's all about the cost of fuel. The big shift to slope-nosed aero trucks began nearly 20 years ago, and since then engineers and designers have been refining the design. Today we see tweaks and twists yielding just the tiniest of gains, yet they are all steps in the right direction. What follows is a pictorial review of some of the changes we've seen in recent years -- some dramatic, some very subtle, but all aimed at killing fewer bugs. By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

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Biodiesel: A Drop-in Solution for Going Green

Florida Power & Light was the first utility to deploy a plug-in hybrid biodiesel electric bucket...

While natural gas has pushed its way to center stage in the alternative fuels discussion, the investment in equipment and infrastructure make it less than appealing to many fleets. However, anyone who is currently running on diesel fuel can easily switch to a greener alternative without that type of up-front investment. They simply have to fill up their fuel tank with biodiesel.

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Bridgestone Introduces New R268 Ecopia Tire

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions introduced a new edition to its Ecopia product line. The R268 premium all-position radial for regional and pickup and delivery fleets providing tire performance that stands up to high scrub environments while offering fuel efficiency advantages too.

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Making Driver Scorecards Work

Easy-to-understand graphs and charts like this one from Vigillo helps both drivers and their...

A trucking company decided to give out an award for the best driver, so they asked employees to nominate and vote on the honor. The winner, however, turned out to have one of the worst safety records in the fleet.

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Maxon Lift Corp. Introduces RA Slidelift Series

Maxon Lift Corp. Introduces RA Slidelift Series

Maxon Lift Corp. has developed a fully galvanized new trailer side door liftgate, the RA Slidelift Series. The purpose-built design encompasses wide arm configurations for stability and maximum trailer side rail clearance capabilities.

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Got Questions? ELDs and Telematics

Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He...

Business Development, OEM Sales Manager

Scott Sutarik from Geotab

Business Development, OEM Sales Manager

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Got Questions? Sleeper Cab Power Experts

Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of...

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

Steve Carlson from Xantrex

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

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Inside TMC's 2013 SuperTech Competition

Inside TMC's 2013 SuperTech Competition

The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA said 128 technicians from around the U.S. won their way to Pittsburgh for the 2013 SuperTech competition by topping hundreds more competitors in state-level contests. SuperTech, now in its ninth year, is the highest level in the nationwide competition that encourages talented young people to become truck technicians and honors them for their prowess. Photos by Marsh Galloway, courtesy of the Technology & Maintenance Council, http://tmc.trucking.org.