How to safely share the highway with semis – Los Angeles Times

By Team Writer / June 25, 2019

Imagine a situation where someone has started his journey on the road and suddenly he finds that he is surrounded on the road by semi-trucks. It would take a certain amount of skills and road etiquette to be able to go through these big rigs while they are on the road. The author has used this blog to state some of the skills and etiquette that might be needed. The first thing to realize is that these big trucks are working, hauling goods across America while you might be on a vacation or enjoying the time with your family. These trucks have been driving hundreds of miles every day. You should also know that while you encounter them you must observe road etiquette. Some of those etiquette means you should not tailgate and you must signal when you are changing lanes. It is essential that you do all these to prevent accidents because the outcome might be disastrous if you were to hit any of these big trucks. Also, one should know to apply caution. Experts say that a smaller car should avoid semis whenever they can and that means passing them on the road and not driving side by side with them. Other tips are given in the blog.

Key Takeaways:

  • Keep in mind that the truck drivers you see on the road are working and that they have logged many miles.
  • Be sure that you are visible and avoid driving in the truck’s blind spots.
  • Semis need a lot of distance to stop, so don’t drive too close to them.

“It takes a certain set of smarts and an etiquette to navigate big bunches of big rigs.”

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Coach Your Drivers to Better MPG

By Team Writer / June 23, 2019

For business fleet owners, fuel economy has a big impact on the company’s bottom line. Conserving fuel begins with the driver. Smooth driving – i.e., gradual acceleration and soft breaking – will have a positive impact on MPG. The use of cruise control is an important tool in achieving this. In addition, avoiding high speeds, excessive weight and idling will save fuel. On the maintenance side, be sure to keep engines tuned and tires properly inflated. Even keeping gas caps tightened helps by preventing fumes from escaping. Following these and other tips will reduce fleet fuel costs and increase your bottom line.

Key Takeaways:

  • Smooth driving saves fuel and also reduces the wear and tear on tires, breaks, and the driveline.
  • Stock the truck with what you need for the job and avoid bringing any heavy, unnecessary items that will weigh down the truck.
  • Combine numerous short trips into one, longer trip as this will make your engine run more efficiently.

“Trucks are part of this mission, but purchase price, reliability, cost of service and parts, and resale value are often viewed by small fleets as more important than your trucks’ miles per gallon.”

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Competition Heats Up in Trailer-Tracking Market – Transport Topics Online

By Team Writer / June 21, 2019

The capabilities of using onboard sensors and tracking of trailers have been on the increase and this increase has seen the rapid rise in the competition in the industry for tracking trailers. Many new businesses are entering the industry for tracking trailers and some of the new faces include Truck Lite, Phillips Industries, Peterson Manufacturing, and also Blackberry. More established companies who have been in the industry for years are also updating what they offer to the market and are becoming more sophisticated. Truck lite, which is a new entrant, is a major supplier of vehicle lighting, and it entered the trailer tracking industry with the introduction of its road ready system. This company is known for its data communications business since the 1990s and therefore it was just a natural fit for it to enter into the arena of wireless communication of information for tracking trailers and helping fleets know where their trailers are. This could help fleets in asset maintenance and management. This array of equipment and accessories are making trucks more sophisticated and is helping fleets to better manage their most important assets, the trucks that they manage and the drivers that drive them.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is reported that several companies who are competitors are now part of the trailer monitoring business and many have also jumped into it in recent years.
  • Truck lite, which is a company that manufactures and supplies commercial vehicle lighting, has made an entry into the trailer tracking business with its Road Ready system.
  • The sophistication of trailer equipment is increasing in recent times as many data companies are beginning to introduce smart components that would help fleets.

“As the capabilities of onboard sensors and trailer-tracking systems have expanded, so has the level of competition in this segment of the trucking technology market.”

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Future of diesel technologies in transportation bright, exec says – The Trucker

By Team Writer / June 19, 2019

Diesel technologies are presently being used in transportation and an expert states that despite the emergence of new technologies, the future is still bright. This positive forecast is because diesel technologies are improving their efficiency, having lower emissions, having biofuel capacities, and have value for moving freight that is a unique combination. Allan Schaeffer, a Diesel technology expert, shared his forecast with the authors about diesel technology during a forum at Fuels2019, a annual forum for fuel experts. He stated that diesel technology has had a continuous dominant role in commercial trucking and states that the future is still bright in that regard. Due to its unique combination of features, Schaeffer states, diesel will remain consistently the top most preferred fuel for commercial vehicles in the next five to fifteen years and even beyond. He noted that some inroad will be made in using hybrid fuel and hydrogen power vehicles but despite this, diesel will withstand the challenges and the competition. This is because many of these technologies are not yet fully developed and the capabilities of many of them are limited. He forecasts that an interest in biodiesel will be renewed as well as a near zero emission level in diesel technology will be achieved.

Key Takeaways:

  • In his speech on the efficiency of diesel fuel technology, Schaeffer stated that the technology is continually dominant in the trucking industry and would remain so.
  • There is a forecast made though that new technologies like hybrid and electric trucks will make inroads into the trucking industry soon.
  • According to a recent estimate more than one third of all trucks in the industry use a zero emission diesel technology to run.

“The future for diesel technologies in freight transportation is bright, even as new fuels and technologies enter the marketplace, thanks to diesel’s improving efficiency, even lower emissions, advanced biofuel capabilities and unique combination of value for moving freight.”

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Hydogen powered transport trucks soon to arrive on Alberta’s roads – Hydrogen Fuel News

By Team Writer / June 17, 2019

Alberta in Canada will soon be testing two trucks for hydrogen power and how to drive them using the hydrogen power. The goal is to use hydrogen as fuel in order to generate zero emissions in the trucking industry. Alberta’s aim is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions which has been on the increase in recent times and the government there states that it wants to combat this scourge. It is estimated that this hydrogen powered transport trucks being pioneered will be a first for Canada as a whole. The Alberta motor transport association is leading the pilot project in Canada. Their goal in carrying out the project is to know whether having hydrogen power on vehicles and trucks would be a viable option in Alberta and Canada and how this can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the long term. The project is estimated to cost fifteen million Canadian dollars and would involve the production of two heavy duty, 65 ton hybrid trucks with hydrogen fuel cells. The project is estimated to last for about three years and during that time these trucks will be used to move cargo between Edmonton and Calgary, two of the largest cities in Alberta.

Key Takeaways:

  • If electric power is a viable option for these trucks, it will greatly reduce greenhouse gases.
  • These trucks will be moving freight regularly between Calgary and Edmonton for the next three years.
  • The energy used in these trucks is not 100 percent clean as it is derived from natural gas.

“The heavy-duty freight vehicles will run on electricity that’s fueled by hydrogen, generating zero emissions.”

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16 reasons your trucking business won’t sell – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / June 15, 2019

In profound ways the trucking industry is being affected and in serious ways too by mergers and acquisitions. Many persons who are in the industry have heard or seen people who have knocked on their doors whether they are interested in selling or not interested in selling their trucks. It is important that one understands the life cycle of his business in order to know when is the right time to sell a business or when it is the wrong time to do so. The author has outlined 16 tips in the blog that shows when a trucking business would not likely be sold. One reason is when the trucking business lacks a growth story. Many buyers shy away from these businesses that are stagnant that is why to sell you must have a compelling story of growth to tell them. Another drawback to not selling the trucking business is that it is dependent on the owner. People who want to get paid for their trucking business should get out of the way of the business. When owners depend much on themselves in the trucking business, they create an unnecessary amount of risk and buyers would be reluctant to consider such a business. Other suggestions are outlined in the blog.

Key Takeaways:

  • Buyers will compete to purchase your business if you are able to present them with a growth narrative that peaks their interest.
  • Your employees job requirements and what you expect from them should be clearly spelled out.
  • You should know the value of your business be getting a valuation from a third party in order to insure your asking price is reasonable.

“No matter the stage of your company’s life cycle, it is important for you to understand what may help or hinder your ability to sell your business when the time is right.”

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Behind Germany’s first stretch of electric highway – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / June 13, 2019

Munich-based engineering has produced Germany’s first stretch of electric highway on the A5 Autobahn. An active pantograph transmits energy from the overhead contact lines to the electric motor powering the eHighway truck. The remaining sections of road have a hybrid drive. In 2016 similar designs of electric highways have been tested in Sweden and the United States. The Sweden trials use two diesel hybrid vehicles. In Southern California, the tests of the electric highway system aims to create an option to reduce local air pollution with this technology.

Key Takeaways:

  • An electric-highway of roughly six miles long was recently opened near Frankfurt, Germany.
  • The pantograph is the primary piece that makes the electric-highway run by transmitting energy to the vehicles.
  • This type of e-highway is being looked at in other places like southern California as well.

“According to Siemen’s eHighway brochure, the key innovation is the active pantograph, capable of connecting while driving at any highway speed, estimating more than 80% efficiency level with overhead contact lines.”

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