Diesel Costs Continue Falling as Oil Prices Keep Sliding

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October 21, 2014

U.S., Mexico Sign Agreement Streamlining Freight Movements
A new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico allows stronger collaboration between CBP's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, commonly known as C-TPAT, and Mexico’s equivalent, to streamline the flow of goods between the two countries.

Diesel Costs Continue Falling as Oil Prices Keep Sliding
On Monday the U.S. Energy Department reported the sixth consecutive drop in the average price of diesel, down 4.2 cents from last week to $3.656.

Railway Giants End Merger Talks
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. announced Monday that exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a possible merger between the two railroads have ended. No further talks are planned.

Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash
<p><strong>Even if it doesn't appear to be a serious accident, the driver should get photos at the scene.</strong></p> Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck An Overview
The Peterbilt-Cummins SuperTruck is a vehicle built for fuel efficiency. With clever aerodynamic additions and new technologies, the goal of the project was to create a truck that would provide a 50% improvement in efficiency. Equipment Editor Jim Park gives us an overview.

Commentary: Unintended Consequences
<p><strong>Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief</strong></p> Keep up the good work on cutting fuel use, but make sure to do your homework.

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008
<p><strong>The Port of Los Angeles</strong></p> The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

September Trailer Orders Exceed Predictions
<p><em>Photo via Antares</em></p> Trailer orders in September were 32% better than August with net number of 32,111 units ordered for the month, according to a new report by FTR. When compared with September of last year, orders are up 80%.

ODFL Opening New Memphis Terminal
Memphis serves as one of the company’s busiest freight hubs due to its proximity to Interstate 40, Interstate 55, three major rail heads, the largest American cargo airport and the nation’s second largest inland port.

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team
<p><strong>America's Road Team Truck:</strong> <em>Photo by Volvo.</em></p> American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Trucking Research Group Names New Chairman
<p><strong>Judy McReynolds is ATRI's new chairperson.</strong> <em>Photo:&nbsp; ATRI.&nbsp;</em></p> The American Transportation Research Institute named Judy McReynolds as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Steve Williams, CEO of Maverick Transportation.

Optional Package Adds Frame Rail Space to Peterbilt 220
The Peterbilt Model 220 has a new optional clear frame rail package that provides up to 10 inches of additional frame rail space over the previous clear frame rail package.

Teletrac Partners With Samsung for Drive App
Teletrac is partnering with Samsung Electronics America to host its fleet tracking and telematics software on the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet.

Got Questions Q. Do automated and automatic transmissions have any different lubrication requirements than manuals?

A. Absolutely there is a difference-refer to your manufacturers recommendations for their specification requirements.


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This Volvo Video's No Bull

Running with the bulls -- in a Volvo medium-duty truck? Deborah Lockridge has more in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

High-Cube Vans Bolster Fast Carriage of Big, Bulky Items

It's "back to the future" in van trailers for one carrier, explains Tom Berg in his "Trailer Talk" blog. The freight is big, bulky and light, with gross combination weights typically at 45,000 pounds, so the ZCube trailers are pulled by single-rear-axle tractors.

Do Drivers With Sleep Apnea Have to Use a CPAP Machine?

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a malady affecting many truck drivers, the standard treatment has long been the C-PAP device, a continuous positive airway pressure. But many find it cumbersome, and some companies market oral appliances to treat the condition. Will they meet new federal guidelines for treating apnea?

Purity in DEF Delivery

6 Reasons Why Electronic Logging Can Benefit Your Business

Get the Most Out of GPS Tracking By Communicating the Benefits to Your Drivers

General sessions were held in the exhibit hall this year, meaning more traffic for exhibitors.
ATA Management Conference & Exhibition
On the far side of the sleeper is an autographed illustration of Ice Road Trucker, Lisa Kelly.
Germany's IAA Commercial Vehicles
Daimler Trucks head Wolfgang Bernhard at the helm of the concept truck illustrating the company's vision of the future.
Daimler Trucks Unveils Mercedes-Benz Future Truck
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