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 March focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. Catch up with trade show season
The month of March is the biggest for trucking trade shows, which means much of the year’s big news has been revealed. If you missed out on it, catch up with FE On the Road’s video chronicles of trade show season, from the Work Truck Show to HDAW to the Mid-America Trucking Show.
4. Lubricating oils for alternative fuels
“A tremendous amount of attention has been focused on alternative fuels. However, little attention has been paid to lubricating oils for use with alternative fuels, and each alternative fuel prefers oils with slightly different compositions.”
Columnist John Martin sets the record straight on which oils to use with alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol.
3. Learning how to calculate collision mitigation system ROI
“For those of you who haven’t given collision mitigation a look, let’s dive into how you can calculate your fleet’s ROI on the investment. And for those of you who currently spec the systems, we’ll hop into our time travel truck to take a look at the future evolution of collision mitigation.”
We know that advanced safety systems work, but fleets also need to know what kind of return they’re getting on their investment, which is not always obvious at first when it comes to safety systems. Here are the best ways to calculate that ROI.
2. Fleets are gathering data for better asset management
“To optimize assets, fleets need to know how their equipment and drivers are performing. The best way to garner that information is by capitalizing on information technology (IT) provided by onboard vehicle systems linked to in-house software.”
Editor at Large Carol Birkland takes a look at the myriad ways in which data is being used by fleets.
1. Truck telematics are transitioning to forward-looking business intelligence solutions
“More and more fleets are making their equipment spec’ing decisions with the driver in mind to make sure inexperienced drivers can handle the offerings or, more frequently, to keep existing drivers in the seats with enticing rewards.”
With this becoming a bigger priority industry-wide, we took a look at the various offerings from the heavy-duty truck OEMs for driver comfort.