HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

March 2018

Cover Story By Jim Park
How to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

Don’t focus so much on hours of service compliance and electronic logging devices that you fail to address the underlying causes of truck driver fatigue.

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Features

ELD Mandate: Don’t Rest Easy If You’re Grandfathered with AOBRDs Grandfather clause in the ELD rule excuses carriers and drivers from complying so long as they are already using automatic onboard recording devices. But it’s only a temporary fix — the clause expires in less than two years.

By David Cullen

The roughly two-year grace period for grandfathered users of AOBRDs buys time, but it risks complicating things for trucking fleets in the future.

Emerging and Future Fleet Data Technologies Predictive analytics can help keep trucks on the road. Navistar has been piloting a new OnCommand Connection feature called Live Action Plans, which predicts when a part is going to fail before it does. Photo: Navistar

By Deborah Lockridge

Predictive analytics, blockchain, and other emerging technologies represent the future of data usage for trucking fleets.

Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line As truck OEMs use more advanced materials for body surfaces, education and training has become vital for body and paint technicians. Photo: 3M

By Jack Roberts

Keeping truck cabs in good repair has always been good for a fleet’s image. And today, it’s good for the bottom line as well.

The Battle for Diesel Technicians The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the trucking industry will need an estimated 67,000 new technicians and 75,000 diesel engine specialists by 2022. Photo: Ryder

By Ronnie Garrett

As fleets face off against the growing technician shortage, the need grows for partnerships with educational institutions and enhanced recruiting and retention efforts.

3 Ways Vocational Truck Specs are Changing A wide range of engine options that allow fleets to spec for tough applications is one of the top trends in vocational trucking today. Photo: International

By Jack Roberts

Vocational fleets are increasingly spec’ing new technologies, options and features to get their work done.

Departments

The Tales Trailers Tell: High-Tech Communications Trailers have lagged behind tractors in terms of communicating both with power units and the outside world. That is about to change. Photo: Bendix

By Jack Roberts

A growing number of OEMs and suppliers are starting to take a hard look at how to improve the flow of information about the function, health or cargo in a trailer as the latest step toward total logistics transparency.

What Drivers Need to Know About Taking Care of Truck Tires Drivers should perform weekly pressure checks on a truck they are familiar with. Daily checks should be done on any vehicle they don’t drive every day. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Drivers need to know more about their tires and be proactive when it comes to inspecting and maintaining them. But convincing drivers is never easy.

Editorials

Commentary: What Do Dealer-Vendor Partnerships Mean for Fleets? Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The growth of fewer but larger dealership groups could be the catalyst for more dealer-vendor partnerships, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Commentary: More on the Electric Truck Option — From a Century Ago Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

In 1930, there were more than 100 U.S. companies manufacturing electric and hybrid commercial trucks, something that may not be common knowledge says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his March column.

Commentary: Money Is Not the Only Thing That Speaks to Truck Drivers Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Pay is important, but oftentimes even more important are the things you do that make drivers feel valued and respected, observes Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

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