June 2015

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How Low Will Diesel Go?

While it’s hard to say just how low the retail price of diesel will go, what is fairly certain is the trend line in place since last autumn will continue to run its positive course at least through the rest of the year.

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Fuel Savings vs. Shorter Tire Life

Can low-rolling-resistance tires reduce tire costs and save fuel? Some say yes; other disagree.

Are low-rolling-resistance tires a cost-effective proposition? It’s not an easy question to answer. Chances are your low-rolling resistance tires are performing better than you think.

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Mining Data for Fuel Savings

From routing to gamification to spotting equipment issues, information technology can help save...

Fleet use of technologies to reduce costs is nothing new. Along with increased productivity and efficiency, cutting fuel costs was a big reason fleets adopted technologies such as automated routing and dispatch, GPS tracking and mobile communications.

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Commentary: Tracking Truck Health

Several truck makers have been promoting uptime through remote diagnostics for a while now. But at this year’s MATS, nearly every OEM talked about their efforts to provide fleets with insight into their vehicle’s health in an effort to increase vehicle uptime.

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QuickSpin: Peterbilt 567 SFFA

The Model 567 SFFA’s set-forward steer axle sits 17 inches closer to the bumper than the 567’s...

The Peterbilt 567 SFFA's set-forward front axle adds payload in bridge-formula states, but doesn’t seem to come with the usual penalty in maneuverability.

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Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock

The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.

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High-mpg Model Round-Up

Start with these aero tractors for the best fuel economy.

The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.

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QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul

This 92,000-lb GVW oil tanker looked a little out of place in Napa, Calif., where we test drove...

Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.

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Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean

The presence of water or other fluid mixed with diesel fuel is clearly apparent from the...

If you don’t take steps to keep diesel fuel clean, it can degrade your fuel economy, damage expensive fuel system components and cause downtime. That’s never been more important than today.

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Looking for Durable Trailer Skirts

Fleets buy various brands of skirts based on performance, durability and price. To last a long...

Skirts have become common on van and refrigerated trailers, with more than half of all such trailers leaving factories with skirts installed. But how durable are they? Testing and experience show that material flexibility is a requirement for resisting damage.