Climbing the Data Mountain

By Team Writer / September 26, 2016

Rolf Lockwood discussed how knowing how to manage data is necessary for a successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. He recently spoke at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit in Toronto. One of the biggest challenges is going through all the data to find hidden information. Knowing where to aim your attention is the secret to success on the data mountain. He also advised others to focus on the money made from the warranties recoveries.

Climbing the Data Mountain

Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows

By Team Writer / September 26, 2016

Gas mileage. How important is it for truckers? A recent study of the top 17 companies hauling across the states and Canada found that most are not taking aerodynamic measures to maximize their gas consumption. Unfortunately many companies although aware of the possible cost savings have chosen not to add aerodynamic skirts and other props to save fuel because in the past gas has been low enough that the cost savings does not pay for itself. Currently their is a 21% adoption rate for truck aerodynamics. This should increase as the greenhouse gas rules come into phase 2.

Key Takeaways:

  • Peterbuilt released results of a study showing a 1.5 mpg savings when applying trailer aerodynamics
  • It took more than 20 years for the technology to gain wide acceptance
  • Trailer aerodynamics is still the least accepted fuel-saving technique

“While the 21% adoption rate for trailer aerodynamics is still relatively low, it will no doubt increase because trailers are a major focus of the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rules released last month.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/trailer-talk/story/2016/09/trailer-aerodynamics-not-overly-popular-study-shows.aspx

3 Things to be Ready for in a Coercion Complaint Investigation

By Team Writer / September 25, 2016

The author has written this article hoping to target a specific audience, semi-truck drivers. The article starts out by describing a few changes in the way the FMCSA reacts to coercion complaints and then gives the top 3 steps to help you get ready for the process, the top tip is ensuring that your E-log settings are up to date with the federal standard requirements.

Key Takeaways:

  • The driver coercion rule that went into effect earlier this year has changed the focus for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: It has caused them to move complaints from the bottom of their list to the top.
  • Just because your CSA scores are good doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. Fleets need to remain focused on having the processes and procedures in place to ensure they are compliant.
  • Simply having a good CSA score does not mean you are off the hook. Make sure your AOBRDs and ELDs line up to ensure you remain compliant.

“Banking laws require that the time of transaction be recorded for fuel purchases. If your report does not have the time recorded, you need to contact your supplier and make sure your reports have this information (otherwise FMCSA will certainly do it for you when they come in.)”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/safety-compliance/article/story/2016/09/3-things-to-be-ready-for-in-a-coercion-complaint-investigation.aspx

OWL Detects Overhead Obstacles for Oversize Loads

By Team Writer / September 25, 2016

For all of you who drive big rigs or call any oversized cargo this new system is for you. The new Overhead Wire Laser-Detector, or OWL, is magnetically mounted to the top of a rig and can notify the driver/operator of any overhanging obstacles that could damage the vehicle or cargo. The OWL takes up to 32 measurements across the road 10 times per second and can be related to the driver/operator. It will also show obstacles in real time if going 25 miles per hour or less.

OWL Detects Overhead Obstacles for Oversize Loads

NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo

By Team Writer / September 25, 2016

At this year’s Fleet Technology Expo Mr. Tim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand will be there to speak about new technologies for automobiles. This will be an exciting Expo to attend and learn about new technologies that drive how we produce our automobiles today. Topics will include cTim Johnson, director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center, will be on hand at this year’s Fleet Technology Expo at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., to open the event on Tuesday, October 18. Topics of interest will include camera based crash avoidance systems, radar, and even autonomous vehicles. This year’s Fleet Technology Expo will be held the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., and is scheduled to commence o October 18.

NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Director to Address Fleet Technology Expo

What to know about tires and 6×2 configurations

By Team Writer / September 25, 2016

There are many benefits to utilizing a 6×2 axle configuration, and there are as many options and issues to consider. Fleets can save a lot of money on tire wear and replacement, but choosing 6×2 isn’t a decision to take lightly. From “pushers” and “tags” to determining the amount of torque a vehicle needs, there is a lot of information to consider.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many commercial fleets are evaluating the benefits of specifying new tractors with a 6×2 configuration versus the more popular 6×4 configuration.
  • Fleets are showing a 2 to 4% improvement in fuel economy using 6×2 configurations, which is a significant improvement.
  • Treadwear is accelerated on the drive axle with 6x2s since all of the engine driving and engine braking torque passes through the single axle drive tires.

“Fleets have reported a drop in drive tire removal mileage on 6x2s— as high as 50%. On the non-driven, free-rolling axle, spec’ing a trailer rib tire versus a typical drive tire lug design is appropriate.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/tires-6×2-configurations-2/

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Team Writer / September 24, 2016

As Brake Safety Week approaches Sept. 11-17 Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets. In order to have safer vehicles drivers must perform proper maintenance. It also takes proactive training and technical knowledge for drivers. Bendix provides some of that knowledge in their article stating items drivers need to check as well as things that will be inspected on Brake Safety Week inspections.

Key Takeaways:

  • Part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake, Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign aimed at improving commercial vehicle brake safety.
  • Friction selection, air system care, and upkeep of components affecting brake stroke all contribute to brake performance– which means they have a role to play in preparation for Brake Safety Week.
  • When relining brakes on vehicles affected by federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations, ask suppliers for evidence of compliance. Not all replacement friction marketed as acceptable under RSD will actually perform to the standard.

“Whether a vehicle uses foundation drum or air disc brakes, it’s important to know when new friction is needed. Check friction regularly for cracks or missing pieces, ensure adequate thickness, and examine drums and rotors for signs of dragging brakes or overheating linings.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/article/story/2016/09/bendix-offers-comprehensive-brake-safety-week-upkeep-tips.aspx

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