December 2017

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How to Make Data Work for You

Analyzing data can improve operations, safety, uptime, profits, and more, but for a lot of fleets the hardest question to answer is where to begin?

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Analysis: Freight Payment Index Offers Helpful Regional Benchmark

Regional quarter-over-quarter % change in spending. Source: U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index

If you want to know how your trucking operation is stacking up against other freight shipping businesses, there is a new barometer available, U.S. Bank's Freight Payment Index, and it offers some features that have not been seen before, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his December Hotline column.

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Commentary: 5 Takeaways From 2017

One of the reasons HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge enjoys covering trucking is because there’s always something new to write about. Here are her top 5 takeaways from the changing trucking landscape in 2017.

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Blockchain Shows Promise for Trucking

Blockchain Shows Promise for Trucking

Blockchain is a combination of technologies that allow transactions between parties via a trusted, shared ledger. It's a complex sounding process but the shared record-keeping technology is showing promise for trucking applications.

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Commentary: Civility is an Important Trait

Rolf Lockwood

My mandate with this column is to write about the tools that keep our trucks rolling, the hardware and software and operational tricks that make the difference between earning a buck and going broke. But if you think about it, people are one of the most important tools you can have.

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Truck Cabs Designed With Drivers in Mind

A comfortable, quiet, productive and homelike cab was a major design priority for the new Volvo...

Even while headlines gush about advanced vehicle technologies, a great deal of the enhancements on the latest round of Class 8 trucks are primarily focused on making drivers more comfortable and productive while they’re on the road, as well as increasing their chances of coming home safe and sound.

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Commentary: An Update on Right to Repair

The independent aftermarket — and by extension fleets — are better off today because of Right to Repair efforts, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her December column.

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7 Mistakes to Avoid for Smooth Roadside Repairs

Having the right information helps determine if a technician with tools should be sent to the...

Even with the greatest preventive maintenance programs, you still are going to have some failures.Yet not all fleets do a good job of managing the breakdown process. Here’s a look at common mistakes fleets make when it comes to emergency roadside service.

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5 Compliance Tips for Straight-Truck Drivers

With more fleets looking at adding straight trucks to their operations because of the rising...

With the rising interest in providing last-mile delivery services, more and more fleets are looking at adding straight trucks to their operations. But a question often asked of compliance experts is, 'what rules do I have to follow?' It's a simple question that lacks a simple answer.

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Test Drive: International's A26 Engine

We drove the A26 engine in a 2018 International LT chassis. Photos: Jim Park

With the industry’s appetite for smaller-displacement engines on the rise, International’s new A26 is nicely sized, and well positioned to pick up a good chunk of the company’s truckload carrier business.

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Taking Tire Pressure Management to the Next Level

More and more information management options are becoming available today as tire pressure...

Tire pressure monitoring and inflation systems are a proven way for fleets to manage one of their biggest consumable items and ensure safe operation. New technologies will take the capabilities of these systems to the next level.

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Making Tank Trailers Safer

There are plenty of ways drivers can get hurt with tank trailers. Industry is taking steps to...

Statistically, cargo tanks, both liquid and dry bulk, are statistically among the safest vehicles on the road today. But the tank sector does face certain challenges that are inherent with the job.