July 2013

Cover Story

Trailer Update

Whether it's dumps or dry vans, flatbeds or tank trailers, trailer makers have been focusing on making trailers lighter to improve freight capacity and fuel efficiency, safer for drivers, and stronger to extend the trailer’s life cycle. We contacted trailer manufacturers and learned about the latest in trailers, manufacturing, product innovations and corporate news.

Article

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Tractors with gross-weight ratings of over 59,600 pounds, like this heavy haul model, are among...

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

Article

Making Lease-Purchase Work

Selling used equipment to an independent contractor is a good way to boost recruiting potential...

Short of holding a square dance in a minefield, there can’t be many situations as fraught with risk as establishing a lease-purchase program to help build your capacity with grow-your-own owner-operators. The same applies to the driver participating in a lease-purchase program.

Article

The Magic Number

Correct inflation pressure is dictated by weight, temperature and road speed – and the load and...

How do turtles mate? Why are women’s shirts buttoned on the left while men’s button on the right? How did they build the pyramids? How much air should I put in my tires? Unlike the pyramids, tire inflation needn’t be one of life’s little mysteries. Yet you may be inflating your tires TOO much.

Article

EOBRs Are now ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule...

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.