Truck Engines Incorporate Advanced Engineering to Meet Phase 1 Greenhouse-Gas Standards 

The diesel engines built this year are more efficient as the second step of greenhouse-gas Phase 1 standards takes effect. These power plants also offer improved reliability, advanced engineering, reduced maintenance and performance improvements that fleet managers and truck drivers will notice, industry experts said.   read more...

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Nitrite-Free Coolants on the Rise Due to More Aluminum in Engines 

As manager of technical development for TA and Petro travel centers, Homer Hogg sells a lot of coolant to fleets of all sizes. In 2010, he started seeing something strange: a white residue plugging coolant filters and coating cylinder liners.   read more...

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Spec Aero Devices With Fuel Calculator

All fleets want to improve fuel economy, and many turn to aerodynamic devices to attain their fuel-consumption goals, but there’s a lot of trial and error that takes place in the process. Wouldn’t it be nice to know in advance what to expect from aerodynamic supplier offerings?   read more...

Roadside Inspections, Food Safety Law Spur Increase in Tractor, Trailer Washes

Regular tractor and trailer washes are helping fleets stave off problems during roadside inspections, extend equipment life and improve public perception. In addition, new government regulations — particularly for food safety — are leading to an uptick in wash intervals and documentation.   read more...

GHG Regulations Drive Engine, Trailer Development

The effect of current and future emissions regulations on the trucking industry, particularly those for engines and trailers, are examined in two stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.   read more...

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Trailer Makers’ Brave New World

In less than 12 months, motor carriers are scheduled to encounter their first experiences with trailers designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The latest federal government mandate to clean the air imposes standards for the first time on semi-trailers, creating what many consider to be a brave new world for trailer makers and suppliers of aerodynamic devices.   read more...

Solar Power’s Future Looks Bright

Many fleets are interested in harnessing free power from the sun to support ever-increasing electrical needs. However, successfully implementing solar power technology on today’s commercial vehicles requires careful planning and having the right application in mind.   read more...

A Brave New Trucking World — Again?

This issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update marks the first of 2017, which could be a year of change for the United States and quite possibly for trucking.   read more...

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Cab Seat Technology Addresses Driver Health Concerns 

Driving a truck for hours on end day after day takes its toll on the body, but the engineers of today’s cab seats are doing more than ever to address driver health and comfort concerns. These seats offer an array of features that soothe body aches and pains, reduce vibration and accommodate the range of body sizes.   read more...

Truck Techs Keeping Busy With Aftertreatment Issues 

In the wake of federal clean-air mandates in 2007 and 2010, maintenance technicians are working furiously to keep the aftertreatment systems of their fleets’ trucks operating.   read more...

No Gender Gap in Today’s Class 8 Trucks, Tractors

When it comes to differences in average height, weight and strength of male and female Class 8 truck drivers, those differences challenge truck designers to build a vehicle that can be easily used by both genders. Those physical differences can make it difficult for drivers — male or female — to reach the pedals while seeing over the hood, or to open a hood and be able to add engine oil or clean a windshield without having to climb atop a tire.   read more...

Female-Friendly Equipment Prevents Injuries, Improves Ease of Use, Drivers, Suppliers Say

To help attract and retain female drivers, a number of fleets and manufacturers are adding specialized equipment to help reduce injuries and minimize the amount of strength needed to complete certain tasks, which contribute to a better life on the road.   read more...

Achieving ‘360° Driver Awareness’

When it comes to personal safety, the time-tested adage “know your surroundings” is sound advice. Whether it’s walking down a dark street or driving in heavy traffic, the more you know about what’s around you, the more quickly you can react to changing conditions.   read more...

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