If the name “Jake Brake” has you immediately thinking about the engine braking mechanism that is common on heavy-duty diesels you’re probably not alone. What you might not know, however, is that the same type of technology can now bring the same safety, fuel economy and maintenance benefits to medium-duty engines.
If your fleet is making a decision about whether to outsource fleet maintenance and repairs or keep it in-house, there are a variety of factors to consider.
Manufacturers are providing new offerings and advanced technologies for medium-duty engines and transmissions
Medium-duty trucks tackle a variety of tasks, operating in an environment with narrow roads, high congestion and access or parking restrictions, but with the right engine and transmission, fleets can have the confidence that they can meet all of their operating needs.
While delivering on time is a key to success for Contract Transport Services (CTS), operating safely is equally essential for the company.
Making their debut at The Work Truck Show were several new vehicles and enhancements to the line of Ford Class 1-7 commercial vehicles. Included were the new medium-duty F-600 Super Duty chassis cab as well as updates to F-650 and F-750 trucks, E-Series and F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis and Transit models. Also introduced was
As the driver shortage and turnover rates remain significant challenges, the investment in premium equipment and comfort and convenience amenities can be offset by lower costs for recruiting, hiring and training. This has led many fleets focus on specifying equipment that can help attract and retain drivers. While it is hard to pinpoint a specific
There’s no doubt that today’s advanced telematics systems are improving vehicle uptime. Along with providing information that helps streamline operations, these solutions are proving to be a critical part of eliminating guesswork about the severity of events requiring service. By notifying drivers and fleet managers instantly, telematics systems indicate fault code severity levels and allow
Over the past few years, many trucking companies have announced driver pay increases, improved benefits and other financial incentives to help recruit and retain drivers. “The ROI is typically fairly easy to calculate because carriers know their driver recruiting and replacement costs,” says Lance Platt, chief executive officer of in-cab satellite TV provider EpicVue. “That’s
To say that The Mennel Milling Co. is dynamic would be an understatement. The Fostoria, Ohio-based private fleet hauls raw materials and over 2,000 bulk and packaged finished products to and from the company’s five mills in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Virginia, which produce more than 200 different types of flour each day. Routes primarily
Set to begin rolling off the Ram Truck Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico during the second quarter of this year, 2019 Ram Chassis Cab models were designed not only to meet fleet needs for durability and efficiency but also to bring advanced technology and enhanced driver comfort to those operations. The 2019 Ram 3500,
As part of its ongoing effort to provide fleet executives with valuable resources, NTEA, the association for the work truck industry, regularly releases articles and other technical materials. Recently, an article by George Survant, senior director of fleet relations at the association and a veteran fleet manager himself, provided some very helpful advice on how
For Dillon Varanay, vice president and co-founder of CoVar Transportation, ongoing success stems from focusing on what you do best and effectively serving customers. “In our case, we have made some decisions that have paid off,” he says. “Now we’re a smaller but more profitable operation because of those choices.” Founded in November of 2014,