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21st Century Truck Wheels

21st Century Truck Wheels

In practice, wheels function quite well with only limited attention and maintenance. But that’s no excuse not to pay attention to them at regular intervals.

December 22, 2016

Controlling Creeping Fleet Costs

Controlling Creeping Fleet Costs

Running a successful fleet means keeping an eye on both your front office costs, as well as what’s happening in your shop and in the yard.

February 13, 2017

TMC's New Chairman on Trucking's Race to the Future

TMC's New Chairman on Trucking's Race to the Future

“I’m really thinking a lot about the ‘TMC of Tomorrow,'" says Glen McDonald, for whom assuming the chairmanship of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council is a pinnacle moment in his long career in trucking.

March 20, 2017

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

The only certain thing about the future is that some companies will figure out how to make money using emerging transportation technology. Will your fleet be one of them? Commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

May 19, 2017

Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.

June 1, 2017

Commentary: Will Electric Trucks Charge Ahead?

Commentary: Will Electric Trucks Charge Ahead?

They are already here in small numbers, and several P&D fleets...are aggressively evaluating their performance today. So what does the future hold for electric trucks? Senior Editor Jack Roberts writes in his June column.

June 26, 2017

A New Frontier in Diagnostics

A New Frontier in Diagnostics

Diagnostic devices on the shop floor are powerful maintenance tools. But as with any new technology, fleets are still learning how to uses them in a cost-effective manner.

November 17, 2017

Test Drive: Mack’s Low-Ride Refuse Hauler

Test Drive: Mack’s Low-Ride Refuse Hauler

Mack’s LR model features high-powered, smart hydraulics and finely-tuned details to help refuse fleets move trash fast. Jack Roberts takes it for a test drive.

February 21, 2018

Cautiously Optimistic, Rusty Rush Looks Ahead
Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

A new breed of commercial van is sweeping the country with capabilities and features unheard of just a few years ago. Here’s why many experts think these vans will soon dominate in light- and medium-duty fleets.

December 19, 2016

Fleets Share Best Practices on Implementing New Technologies
The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

The Tales Trailer Tires Tell

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.

March 22, 2017

The Quest for Lighter Trailers

The Quest for Lighter Trailers

Trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.

January 19, 2018

Volvo Blends Tech and Tough in New VNX Tractor

Volvo Blends Tech and Tough in New VNX Tractor

Volvo’s new VNX heavy-haul tractor is a perfect example of the trend to blend cutting edge tech with tough. It’s a truck that leverages all of Volvo’s latest technologies with a robust frame, high-horsepower engines, and 125,000 GCWR. Jack Roberts has first impressions.

March 14, 2018

Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line