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Moving the trucking industry forward with the Best Fleets to Drive For program

It’s not common to see companies willing to publicly share specific details as to what they’re doing to be successful. Typically, that information is held close to the vest. After all, that’s why Non-Disclosure Agreements were created–to prevent ‘insider’ information from spreading and losing competitive advantage. But the trucking industry plays by a different set

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Three scary threats to your vehicle’s brake pads

This is the time of year when the shadows stretch a little longer, the wind blows colder and an unsettling feeling puts your nerves on end when you apply the brake pedal. The squeal or skittish stop are portents of service issues that could mean increased operational costs, for there are dangers lurking in the

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The cost of ownership benefits of low-viscosity lubricants

On-highway fleet maintenance is arguably more complicated than it’s ever been. Fleet managers, maintenance managers, and techs alike face the difficult challenge of minimizing their total cost of ownership (TCO) amidst a radically evolving business landscape. The challenge of keeping current with and understanding how emerging trends affect each other is perhaps the most complicated,

Stock up on brake system seasonal maintenance tips

None of us want to think about it, but winter is coming, and the chemical slurries that coat the road cling to your vehicle’s undercarriage and gnaw away at any intrusions. This causes rust and premature failure of components like brake pads. “But I just replaced those pads!” you yell, cursing Jack Frost. The question

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How tech-driven CalArk supports driver safety, reduces operational costs

When it comes to integrating the latest technology the trucking industry, CalArk is as tech-savvy of a transportation company as they come. Since its founding in 1975, CalArk has grown its operation to include more than 600 trucks between its two operating companies–CalArk International and Central Hauling Company. What originated as a full truckload carrier

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Considerations for reconditioned diesel particulate filters

“Reconditioned”, baked or cleaned diesel particulate filters (DPF) units offer short term financial benefit. In terms of  functionality, the overall cost to the customer is much higher. In reality these processes can deactivate the original catalyst and stress the DPF substrate to an even greater extent during normal active regen cycling. Reconditioned units present an

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Skagit Transportation leverages leasing to maintain preferred status as a top carrier

Like many successful trucking companies today, change and diversification drive the success of Skagit Transportation, headquartered in Mount Vernon, Wash. The company was originally started by Bud and Dode Egbers in the 1940s, hauling grain and hay on their four trailers for local farmers. That grew to hauling bulk foods and ag products throughout the

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How brake pad selection impacts your sustainability efforts

Consumers and commercial interests alike are turning toward greater sustainability, especially in transportation, which impacts climate change. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 27% of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. come from transportation making it the country’s largest contributor of GHG emissions. Between 1990 and 2020, GHG emissions in the transportation sector

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Wrapmate highlights vehicle wrap options, value

Vehicle wraps provide business owners with the opportunity to bring their brand to life in a dynamic and eye-catching way. However, it can be difficult to know where to start the process. Wrapmate provides vehicle wraps designs, printed and installed. Wrapmate’s internal graphics team creates each design according to customer specifications. Wrapmate ensures a high

Continental highlights heavy-duty wiper blades

Make sure your fleet’s windshield wipers stand up to any type of weather conditions your drivers encounter. Continental ClearContact Commercial Duty Wiper Blades are engineered to provide all-weather durability and reliability. Designed for fast and easy installation, they are available in four blade designs and lengths from 10 to 40 inches. ClearContact wiper blades feature

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EV regenerative braking doesn’t mean you forget about the brake pads

EVs are coming. As manufacturers ramp up production of EVs across nearly all car and light-truck makes and models, selecting a high-quality brake pad is extremely important.The reason is twofold. Not only are EVs quieter than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, making brake noise even more unwelcome, but EV braking system effectiveness can also be

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Why tire data matters even with automatic inflation

Telematics offer fleets quantifiable savings, arguably none more so than with tire costs. Along with drivers and fuel, tires rank in the top tier of costs incurred by fleets. Maintaining proper inflation of those tires can reduce those costs by extending tire life by 10% or more and protecting tire casing integrity for retreading. Proper

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