January 2008

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Top 10 Reasons Truck Drivers Leave

Fleets spend a lot of time trying to attract new truck drivers - but it may be even more important to pay attention to why they walk out the door.

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Diagnostic Dilemma

Once upon a time, people worked on their own cars. Shade-tree mechanics bought Mitchell or Chilton manuals and jacked up their cars in the driveway or the back yard. If you weren't so inclined, the service station down the street had a few service bays in addition to the gas pumps out front.

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Aftermarket Conflicted About How to Correct Right to Repair Fault

The breakdown is in the aftermarket. Manufacturers and independent repair shops cannot agree on how to share the information, tools and equipment needed to maintain truck engines and other components. It's a longstanding competition in which some of the players have decided there is no hope of successful negotiations and have committed to a strategy of legislating a remedy.

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Peterbilt's 387 Hybrid

The C15 was very responsive, showed great throttle modulation and made gearshifting a joy. And at the event, the 387 it powered also gave pause. I hadn't driven one in several years and the new dash appealed enormously.

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Volvo VHD 430 Sleeper

The point of Volvo Trucks' latest model, the VHD 430, is its sleeper compartment. While previous VHDs have daycabs and work as dumpers, concrete mixer chassis and equipment haulers, the 42-inch-cab addition, with its 36-inch-wide by 79-inch-long bunk, provides a comfortable place for a driver to rest and to legally overnight no matter where he and his rig are.

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Detroit Diesel's DD15 Debuts

We're witnessing a huge change in the way trucks and engines come together. We saw it first with Volvo's D-platform engines (shared with Mack and Renault). We'll soon see International take a similar approach, sharing an engine platform between International trucks in North America and MAN chassis in Europe.

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Fuel: Load It And Lock It

On December 11, Detective Rob Everett watches quietly from a distance as four men pump diesel fuel from a tanker into bladders mounted on two smaller trucks. They are on a remote access road in Florida.

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Anatomy Of A News Story

A traffic collision in Southern California on May 4, 2007, is a perfect example of how the Truck Safety Coalition works to promote its own agenda.

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The Next Freight Evolution

The trucking industry is witnessing an evolution - actually three concurrent evolutions. These evolutions may drive changes in the industry as great as those created by government deregulation and the liberalization of weight and length regulations in the early 1980s. The evolution drivers are the Internet, alternative fuels and intermodal.

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Combatting Trailer Corrosion

There are ways to combat damage from aggressive ice-control chemicals, including spec'ing premium products and properly maintaining everything in the fleet.

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On the Paccar Twins' Engine

A year ago we predicted that the new Paccar 12.9-liter MX engine used in Europe would be seen here in North America. So it was hardly a big surprise to see the engine in a Peterbilt 389 and a Kenworth T660 at a Dallas truck show in the fall. The MX was incredibly quiet and had plenty of get up and go.