March 2017

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14 Things You Need to Know Before ELDs Become Mandatory

Come Dec. 17, the paper logbooks that truck drivers have been required to use to track their hours of work and rest since the 1930s will be history for interstate trucking operations. Here are 14 things you need to know before that day arrives.

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Spec'ing for Resale

How vehicles are spec’ed in the first place can positively or negatively affect their resale...

The way you spec your vehicles on the front end can have an impact on their value — either positive or negative — at resale time.

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Commentary: See the Light…and Everything Else

Rolf Lockwood

North American headlight standards are inherently dangerous because they don’t allow brightness levels to match the speeds we travel, says executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood. It’s just too easy to “over-drive” your lights.

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The Case for Fuel Filtration

Supplemental fuel processors combine a fuel filter, water separator and heater all in one unit...

Fuel filters are your engine’s first and last line of defense against expensive damage from water and particles of debris that are found in diesel fuel.

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The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

Once trailer tire wear begins, only corrective maintenance action will alleviate the problem....

Say what you will about a tire, but it won’t lie to you. If there are problems with wheel alignment, suspensions, braking or chassis, your tires will be happy to tell you, if you just take a look.

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Trends in Trailer Suspensions

Trailer suspensions are oft neglected, so a robust and durable spec is mandatory. Photos: Jim Park

While suspension producers are constantly upgrading and improving their products and adding new models, overall trends in suspension uptake by fleets remain fairly constant.

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Weigh Station Bypass Saves Time for Car Hauler

Moore Transport has been successful recruiting drivers for its fast-growing fleet, but long...

One of the biggest challenges for Ohio-based Moore Transport, a fast-growing auto carrier, is getting experienced drivers. But wasted time pulling into weigh stations multiple times a day was wearing on driver satisfaction.