February 2013

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Bridging The Funding Gap

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

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Test Drive: Cat CT-660 at Work

The CT-660 comes with a setback steer axle. A CT-680 with a set-forward axle is due out later...

When reviewing a product like the Caterpillar CT-660, there is no replacement for getting the opinion of the people who have been using it day in and day out. “The drivers love it,” said John “Dick” Jones, president of Jones Fuel Co. in Columbus, Ohio, talking about the fleet’s first in-service dump truck.

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Con-way Communicates Safety

Con-way Freight works to stress safety to its employees in a variety of ways.

With the advent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s flagship Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a new premium was put on safety. This required a number of fleets to focus on the issue like never before.

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The Roadside Dietitian: Love Your Heart

February is American Heart Month for one really good reason. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country, accounting for about a quarter of all deaths every year. That means the odds are nearly six to one that you will die of a heart problem rather than in an accident.

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7 Trends in axles and suspensions

When it come to trends in axles and suspensions, it's all about efficiency.

When it come to trends in axles and suspensions, it's all about efficiency. Fleets are constantly looking for ways to become more operationally efficient, whether it's fuel economy, increased payload, lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life, or driver productivity.

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The Art & Science of Routing

The ability to get a truck (or load) from here to there along the safest, shortest and quickest...

Whether truckload, LTL, local delivery or any other type of operation, all fleets want the same thing: to get their work done as quickly and as safely possible while burning as little fuel as possible.

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Fleet acquisitions trending upward

The industry has seen a growing number of fleet acquisitions and mergers in the past few months, and many believe this is part of a growing trend. The trend of fleet acquisitions is cyclical, according to Lana Batts, managing partner with Transport Capital Partners, which helps fleets negotiate such deals. “I believe we are just at the beginning of the cycle,” Batts said.

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Electrifying the Windy City

Crane Carrier Corp.'s COE-2 chassis, supplied as rolling glider kits, will be the basis for the...

Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty, electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first of their kind in the nation. The electric trucks will run almost silently, produce practically no emissions and, with no traditional pow-ertrains to fuel and maintain, will cut operating costs by at least 50%, says Jim Castelaz, chief executive officer of Motiv Power Systems.

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Tires for multiple applications

Tires for multiple applications

The economic recession had profound effects on trucking, but one of the most surprising is a greater need for tires on trucks that need to be used in more than one application. That's the opposite of another trend, which is more single-application-specific tires.

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HDT's '13 Top 20

HDT's '13 Top 20

Which are the best of the best new products and equipment from last year's introductions? We've gone through an extensive process to determine HDT's 2013 Top 20 Products.