Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

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August 4, 2014

Economic Watch: Trucking Adds to U.S. Job Growth, Manufacturing Surges
The number of jobs created in the U.S. posted its sixth straight month of being above the 200,000 mark in July but the number was softer than the previous month’s level.

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety
A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Maverick Expands Driver Training Center
<p><strong>With the additional space, Maverick now has the ability to train 210 drivers at any one time.</strong><em> Photo courtesy Maverick Transportation</em></p> Maverick Transportation last week celebrated the expansion of its driver training center, which adds more than 13,000 square feet to the previous facility.

Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk
<p><strong>The brand-new Peterbilt Model 579 loaned to us by TransX Ltd. had less than 40 miles on the clock. The SmartAdvantage powertrain makes it a very nice place to work. </strong><em> Photo: Jim Park</em><strong><br /></strong></p> Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.

Southbound I-495 Reopens in Delaware, Northbound to Follow
The southbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington, Del., have opened a month ahead of schedule following the realignment of the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River, according to the state DOT.

Vikas Jain Moves to Zonar from Omnitracs
<p>Vikas Jain appointed as COO of Zonar. <em>Photo: Zonar</em></p> Vikas Jain, formerly an executive with Omnitracs, has been named the new chief operating officer for Zonar.

Peterbilt Customers Can Customize Trucks Online
<p><strong>Peterbilt's online configurator allows customers to see what model they create.</strong> <em>Photo via Peterbilt</em></p> Peterbilt is offering its customers the chance to customize their own Model 579 through an online truck configurator.

Got Questions Q. Does Citgo have a high zinc motor oil that would work well in older flat tappet engines?

A. If you are using the older gasoline engine for normal operating conditions, a diesel engine oil type formulation does typically provide higher Zinc levels and the higher viscosity-15W-40 will provide extra oil film in addition to the higher Zinc.


Got Questions Q. Will polyurethane motor mounts cause my truck to vibrate more?

A. There is a myth that polyurethane components are harder than rubber, this comes from history where there were different formulations and suppliers, as well as the intent to dampen the vibration in the higher horsepower and torque vehicles.


Fuel Smart
The Benefits of Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Explained

There's little doubt left that tires formulated for lower rolling resistance work as advertised, but it's still tough to give up at few thousandths of an inch of tread. After all, tire miles are important, too. How much of a difference does the reduction in rolling resistance make?




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ARCHIVED: Originally broadcast on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Isuzu N-Series Virtual Tour: A 360° Powertrain and Chassis Overview
Available in three engine choices and with several options for wheelbases, the Isuzu N-Series provides the flexibility for fleets to choose the right truck for the right job. This webinar showcases videos and specs of the Isuzu N-Series lineup, giving participants a virtual look at this low-cab-forward truck design. Available in gas and diesel — and CNG and LPG capable — the Isuzu N-Series offers fleets advantages to traditional trucks, including more cargo space, tighter turning diameter, easier servicing with its tilt-cab function, and overall better visibility.


ARCHIVED: Originally broadcast on Tuesday, October 16, 2013
10 Ways to Lower Costs with a Fleet Management Solution
“Where is my truck?” - it’s the question no fleet operator wants to ask, and no one wants to hear. As the cost of running a fleet keeps rising, improving productivity and optimizing fleet utilization has never been more important. By simply gaining visibility into who, what, when and where activities are occurring you can increase productivity by 15-20%.

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How Important are Claims About Towing Capacity?

Senior Editor Tom Berg branches out a bit in his Trailer Talk blog this week to talk about how much trailer load heavy pickups can haul. In a demonstration a couple of weeks ago, Ford pitted a pair of Power Stroke-powered F-450 pickups against a Ram 3500 dually pickup with a Cummins Turbo Diesel to demonstrate towing capacity.

Trucking Lost Faith in Anne Ferro -- But Replacement Could Be Worse

Trucker-turned-editor Jim Park gives his perspective of Anne Ferro's tenure as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -- and some chilling thoughts about her potential replacement -- in his "On the Road" blog.

Chicago Truck Crash Triggers Scrutiny of Logbooks, Coercion

A Chicago-area truck crash that killed four has led to local attention to federal hours-of-service rules, the mandatory electronic logs proposal, and federal efforts to address coercion of drivers to break the law. Deborah Lockridge has more in her On the Road blog.




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PHOTO GALLERIES
Fireworks displays lit up the sky Thursday and Friday nights.
Walcott Truckers Jamboree in Photos
We visited a Chinese truck park on a rainy day.
Photos: Visit to a Chinese Truckstop
A complete shot of the Cummins Peterbilt SuperTruck at a rest area on the test route near Bowie, Texas.
The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck Revealed
Celebrating Ed's birthday at the office.
Ed Bobit: A Man of Outsized Pleasures
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