January 2014

Cover Story

Save Fuel, Increase Profit, Save the Planet

Is this a case of win-win? Do the new regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions help both the environment and truck operators’ bottom lines? So it seems.

Article

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Henry Filoteo began buying new trucks to eliminate breakdowns.

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

Article

Dual-Fuel Gliders: A Way to Get Into Natural Gas for Less Money

Technicians at Penn Commercial Vehicle, a WheelTime member based in Glenmore, Pa., assembled...

Dual-fuel glider kits are a relatively new alternative for fleets looking to tap into the benefits of natural gas but at less cost than buying a new, dedicated NG vehicle. A glider is a new truck without some powertrain components. Shops in the field add rebuilt or remanufactured engines, transmissions and rear axles.

Article

Reman’s Place in Your Parts Strategy

Used compressors are disassembled and inspected at the Bendix remanufacturing facility in...

While remanufactured components have been around for quite some time, not every one is clear on exactly what they are. Yet they could be a valuable component of your parts strategy.

Article

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

Article

Commentary: Torque Rules

Racing cars in the top echelons of motorsports have tons of horsepower. But could they pull a load of firewood out of the bush? No way. They can barely get themselves moving from a dead stop.

Article

When Worker’s Comp & the ADA Overlap

Under ADA, even short-term conditions can be considered disabling if they are severe enough.

Drivers and other employees who get injured at work may be temporarily unable to perform their jobs. If an injury prevents an employee from working, you might wonder what steps you need to take to get the employee back on the job, or how much time must pass before you can hire a replacement.

Article

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down

Pounds can be shed on parts underneath the trailer including landing gear, suspensions, axles...

As fleets everywhere work on cutting fuel expenses, one strategy is shedding pounds anywhere they can stand to lose them. “Most fleets that are fuel conscientious are weight conscientious. The heavier the unit weighs, the higher cost per mile to operate it."

Article

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)

Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this...

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Article

Taking the Costs Out

Electronic driver vehicle inspection tools such as Zonar’s EVIR help fleets control the...

Whether you operate one truck or 1,000, monitoring and managing costs is one of your most important tasks. Fleets have used technology to help them control costs for some time, but the latest third- or fourth-generation systems are capable of generating tremendous amounts of information fleets can put to use.