• Winter weather is here, bringing along challenges that are largely outside a driver’s control. Each year, trucking companies lose more than 32 billion vehicle hours due to weather-related tie-ups in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. And when the weather clears, more hours are lost repairing and replacing parts damaged in collisions caused by bad weather.

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    Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  • Everyone knows that one-size-fits-all isn’t the best approach to preventive maintenance, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. When it comes to engine oil drains, some fleet managers and owner-operators play it safe and follow the lowest OEM recommendations. Others try to save a few cents by extending intervals just beyond OEM change guidelines.

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    Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Attitudes about automated manual transmissions (AMTs) have changed over the years – so much so that more than 80 percent of all new Volvo trucks sold last year in North America were spec’d with a Volvo I-Shift AMT.

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    Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • Vehicles built in the last 20 years are required to have self-adjusting brake adjusters (S-ABAs). But even though they’ve been around awhile, some people don’t seem to know how S-ABAs work. Here’s proof: according to one survey conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, 53 percent of drivers said that automatic slack adjusters never go out of adjustment. That’s not true, and it’s a potentially dangerous misconception.

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    Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • If you’re like many other fleet managers or owner-operators, you may find yourself at a crossroads approximately every seven to 10 years or 800,000 to 1 million miles, when your truck’s engine performance isn’t what it used to be. Should you buy a new truck, or overhaul your engine?

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    Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016
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