We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from November focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. It’s time to prepare your trucks for winter
As they’re fond of saying on a certain popular TV show, winter is coming. In fact in many areas of the country, it’s already here. If your trucks run routes through an area that experiences harsh winters, you’re already well aware of this fact. So the question is: is your fleet prepared? Several components of your trucks will require attention as winter approaches, so make sure your winterization checklist is up to date. Watch the video here for more winterization tips.
4. The right data can increase your chance of a successful warranty claim
There are two major benefits provided by data tracking when it comes to warranties: one is that it tracks everything step by step, leaving a detailed trail of documentation that doesn’t rely on paper or idiosyncratic shop tendencies; the second is that it saves time in the warranty claims process as a result of this detailed tracking. And of course, there’s the higher chance of receiving the money from the company providing the warranty. Senior Editor Alex Crissey goes over more about what data can do for your warranty claims.
3. You can make truck technology work for you
Everyone has problems. The problem is: we don’t all have the same problems. Challenges are often as specific to a fleet as their equipment spec, and when we talk about technology, it’s easy to talk in vague, broad brush strokes about fuel efficiency increases, operational improvements and ROI. It all begs the question: What does that really mean to you? Editor Jason Morgan goes over several problems fleets face, and how technology can help solve them, here.
2. Fleets are turning to reward trucks to help abate the driver shortage
The driver shortage is ongoing and shows no signs of stopping. One solution many fleets have turned to is spec’ing reward trucks for their best or longest-tenured drivers. Alex Crissey goes into more detail here.
1. Spend a day in the life of Meritor’s DriveForce customer support team
Fine, so maybe this isn’t a “trend” exactly. But Meritor has been ramping up its DriveForce customer support team, which travels the country helping its customers—not just with products and equipment, but with any other questions they might have about their fleet. Follow a day in the life of the DriveForce team in our November cover story here.