September 2016

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Alternative Fuels in the Age of Cheap Oil

The slide in the price of diesel fuel over the past two years has complicated the decision to switch to alternative fuels for many fleets. But is cheap oil even the real issue?

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GHG Phase 2: Weighing the Devil in the Details

GHG Phase 2: Weighing the Devil in the Details

Agencies contend the program will provide $230 billion in net benefits to society, including benefits to our climate and the public health of Americans but the trucking industry must still deal with those costs, as well as ones the agencies might not have taken into account.

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Climbing the Data Mountain

Rolf Lockwood

Managing data is utterly essential to the successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. That’s a given. But knowing it is one thing – doing it is quite another.

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Bringing Maintenance to the Truck

Lights, tires and the air system can all be inspected from a mobile maintenance truck at a...

Fleets are always looking for ways to increase roll time of trucks and trailers and cut down on CSA violations. Properly equipped mobile maintenance trucks are one way that fleets are achieving it.

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Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and...

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

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Quick Spin: Cummins Brings X12 to North America

The new X12 from Cummins is based on the global ISG platform. It’s not a rebranded ISX12....

A little while back, Equipment Editor Jim Park tested out Cummins' latest diesel engine, the X12. Are smaller displacements the engine trend of the future? Cummins seems to think so and is hedging its bets on the question.

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Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would...

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.