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Five truck trend takeaways from November

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.

Watch: The Rolling Resistance-Fuel Efficiency Target Conflict

Although tire manufacturers are making technological leaps in tire design and rubber compounding year after year, they all still face what they call the “target conflict” between mileage and rolling resistance. This means that improving one of these characteristics in the tire typically reduces performance in the other area. Is it possible to find a tire that’s the best of both worlds?

Volvo Trucks’ Peter Voorhoeve on the pace of innovation, electric truck development and what really matters

Volvo Trucks North America’s Peter Voorhoeve keeps getting pulled out of the room. The Volvo Trucks booth at Expo Transporte in Pueblo, Mexico, is a sea of eager customers awash in the ebb and flow of flickering flashbulbs, all calling for Peter’s attention. It’s a good problem to have as the president of Volvo Trucks

What is the electric truck impact on tire design? Penske, ATD pilot program aims to find out

Penske Truck Leasing and American Tire Distributors (ATD), an independent supplier of tires to the replacement tire market, have teamed up to introduce Daimler’s Fuso eCanter electric truck to Southern California tire dealers in Santa Fe Springs.

Fleet profile: The Erb Group of Companies

At the Erb Group of Companies, customers can rely on
receiving on-time delivery of temperature-controlled freight.

Changing perceptions: In-cab solutions, according to a Verizon Connect survey, can help fleets mitigate risk and improve safety

It’s likely you are already focused on the safety of your fleet, possibly including specifying vehicle safety systems and training drivers in order to mitigate risk and lower accident costs. It might also be important to help change the perception that other motorists have about commercial vehicles and drivers.

How oil prices impact fleet costs

Oil prices go up and down at the slightest whim. Volatility can be nerve-wracking. And while its impact on diesel is apparent, how can oil prices affect the bottom-line cost of heavy-duty truck engine oil? The answer is: It doesn’t really.

Fuels and lubes column
Watch: Don’t neglect your trailer tires

Drivers don’t feel trailer tires in the same way that they do tractor tires, so even though it might not be on purpose, the fact is that it’s just easier to not think much about trailer tire inflation. They are, unfortunately, easy to neglect. But, this is a mistake!

Trailer telematics shouldn’t be overlooked

It may still sound like a buzzword, but the fact is that fleet managers can no longer ignore telematics for their trailers.

DTNA’s Roger Nielsen on dynamic leasing, Detroit Assurance 5.0 and where its customer focus is being felt

DTNA’s President and CEO Roger Nielsen dives into the company’s Dynamic Leasing announcement, Detroit Assurance 5.0 adoption rates and the real-world benefits of DTNA’s customer-focused market approach.

Watch: Which fleets should be investing in wide base tires?

There are three big reasons a fleet might decide to go with wide base tires: weight savings, fuel efficiency, and load efficiency. However, we also know that wide base tires are more expensive, so which fleets should really be considering a swap?

What’s behind the slow adoption of FA-4 oil?

Introduced three years ago, the American Petroleum Institute (API)’s CK-4 and FA-4 oil categories were billed as the next generation of oil, improving on the engine protection and fuel economy benefits offered by previous engine oil categories.