As winter arrives, what do you need to know to keep your trucks on the road and the freight moving? HDT has assembled a collection of stories that share everything you need to know, from maintenance to driver safety.
The American Trucking Associations' Women in Motion has teamed up with Trucker Path to help female truck drivers identify safe places to stop and park.
Heavy- and medium-duty truck production improved in 2022 and OEMs were building at full capacity in 2023. The exit of some smaller fleets increased the availability of used Class 8 trucks as well during 2023.
Driver turnover, according to reports, has slowed over the past year. However, fleets’ pay focus has shifted away from newer, inexperienced drivers and toward drivers at the higher end of the experience scale. Also, the number of women drivers has increased.
As the trucking industry moves toward sustainability, fleets are exploring how to deploy alternative fuel options such as battery-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell, renewable natural gas, hydrogen internal combustion engines, and more. However, infrastructure continues to be a key challenge in rolling out widespread adoption of most of the new technologies. But, at the same time, diesel trucks are becoming more efficient than ever.
With a 49% increase in the number of truck-crash fatalities over the past decade, DOT-recordable accidents per million miles of travel is an important metric for fleets. In addition to that concern, fleet safety managers say their biggest challenges are staying up to date with regulatory changes and improving driver knowledge and skills.
Disruptions to the supply chain in recent years have forced shippers to adapt, try new things, build new partnerships, and moving forward many will be more resilient by having new options on the table. The e-commerce boom is anticipated to flatten, and both shippers and carriers now plan to better prepare for any unforeseen disruptions.
Check out the variety of Class 8 tractors HDT discovered while walking the aisles during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exposition in Austin, Texas.
While 2022 was a challenging year for trucking, there was still growth in revenue, tonnage, employment, and other areas. In mid-2023, a number of data points appear to indicate that the current freight cycle is bottoming out. How fast it will head back up is another question.
Less-than-truckload carrier XPO is recruiting driver teams for a new in-house over-the-road operation.
Nauto said it is combining fleet safety, risk, and operations into one telematics platform that provides advanced risk detection and alerting, including for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Transtex said it now has the only commercially available California Air Resources Board pre-approved Bin V aerodynamic solution for heavy-duty trailers.
Check out 2023's Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange event in this photo gallery.
In September 2023, recalls were announced on vehicles from Mack Trucks, Wabash, and Paccar.
Over the next 10 years, Uber Freight and Waabi intend to deploy billions of miles of Waabi Driver capacity on the Uber Freight network, with the first commercial route now live in Texas.