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VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy. By locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want.

May 16, 2016

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

April 22, 2014

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Six Questions to Ask Yourself

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Six Questions to Ask Yourself

Interest is high in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel. With a dollar per diesel-equivalent gallon differential, why wouldn't it be? Natural gas is likely to remain less expensive than diesel for the foreseeable future, and domestic supplies of the stuff are plentiful. Is natural gas a savior-in-waiting for beleaguered diesel buyers? Maybe, but here are six questions you need to ask before taking the plunge

August 6, 2012

Retreads: Money Saved is Money Earned
Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Unlike their relatively pampered long-haul cousins that run all day long on flat, straight Interstates, tires that earn their keep on city streets get up close and very personal with all manner of road hazards, including curbs, potholes, piercing grave

September 15, 2009

A Different Approach to Fuel Efficiency Coaching

A Different Approach to Fuel Efficiency Coaching

Vnomics’ True Fuel is a monitoring device that encourages drivers to do better without getting on their nerves or taking away drivability, while providing back-office data that helps fleets coach and instruct drivers on better driving habits to save fuel.

August 1, 2016

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs
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Don't Scrub Away Tire Savings

Don't Scrub Away Tire Savings

You've heard the expression, 'It's like herding cats"? It's like that with tires when your alignment is out of whack. With all those wheels heading in different directions, it's unlikely you're getting the best fuel economy -- or tire life.

May 27, 2014

Turn to Technology to Keep Tires at Proper Inflation

Turn to Technology to Keep Tires at Proper Inflation

We know from experience that many fleets don't do a great job at tire inflation management. And we know there's little point in looking to drivers for help in the matter, so what's left to do? Enter technology.

June 23, 2014

Retread Your Way to Prosperity

Retread Your Way to Prosperity

Despite success stories reported by successful fleets, some misconceptions about retreads still exist. These myths are often based on bad, and sometimes severely outdated, information.

July 7, 2014

Has the U.S. SmartWay Program Helped Retreading?

Has the U.S. SmartWay Program Helped Retreading?

With regulations affecting how fleets fit their wheels, the retreading industry is still deciding whether or not the inclusion of verified low-rolling-resistance tires on the EPA's SmartWay list has helped the industry.

July 14, 2014

Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient

Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient

The factors driving tire design for medium-duty trucks has changed. Today, tire makers must balance fuel efficiency and bulletproof durability to stand up to a harsh P&D environment.

August 12, 2014

Driving A SuperTruck

Driving A SuperTruck

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

August 26, 2014

Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion

Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion

If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.

January 26, 2015