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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

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs
Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

September 26, 2016

Is Your Electrical Maintenance Doing the Job?
Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

We sat down with tire-industry expert Al Cohn to gain some insight into fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.

November 25, 2014

Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

February 17, 2015

Optimizing Engines To Improve Fuel Efficiency
Hands-off on the Highway

Hands-off on the Highway

There are still a few misconceptions about autonomous commercial vehicles. They are not driverless trucks, but trucks that help make drivers' lives a little easier and roadways safer through the use of advanced technology. Jim Park takes a ride in Daimler's Inspiration Truck.

May 7, 2015

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

May 29, 2017

Taking Tires for a Test Drive

Taking Tires for a Test Drive

If you want to test drive some new tires before you buy — and who wouldn’t — be prepared to invest significant time and energy in the project.

July 24, 2017

Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

You get 30% less tread on some fuel-efficient tires, they cost 15% less up front and they run fewer miles to take-off, but does the money saved on fuel because of the lower rolling resistance make up for the shorter overall life? Many fleets are struggling with that question today. The answer is often anything but clear.

June 10, 2013

But Which Fuel?

But Which Fuel?

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. Dimethyl-ether. Hybrids. There's a virtual smorgasbord of potential fuel sources or supplements for truck and engine makers to choose from. The critical question becomes which one, or which combinations of fuel sources, represent the best path forward.

August 27, 2013

Clean Power

Pull in, plug in, pay up, and enjoy. It's that simple, it's that cheap, and it's for real.

June 1, 2008

Grace Under Pressure

Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.

June 1, 2008