Any size coolant leak is cause for maintenance concern. As Jake Schell, associate product manager for Mitchell 1’s Commercial Vehicle Group, put it: “Once a coolant leak starts, rarely does it get better.” Catching coolant concerns before they become a costly headache is imperative to keep your trucks rolling productivity. Once the truck is in
Making ends meet in the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic could mean using the equipment you have in duty cycles they might not match. Cornering a Class 8 in cramped city streets is not only stressful for your drivers on the delivery front lines, but it also sends your MPG bell curve into the basement.
Filtration is key to not only keeping your equipment running productively, but efficiently as well. A truck with a clogged fuel filter will both be hard to start and will increase its fuel usage, gobbling up the hard-earned MPG you spec’d toward. Donald Chilton, director of product management at Mann+Hummel Group, provider of Wix Filters,
Context. It’s essential when it comes to driver training and increasing your fleet’s operational safety. Telematics data goes a long way in detailing what happened out on the road, but today’s video telematics systems can actually show you what happened. That hard-braking notification you have in your inbox? That saved not only your equipment but
Relaxed hours-of-service requirements and trucking’s essential role in the movement of needed goods and services provided an uptick in freight activity at the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Now six weeks later, freight volumes are starting to decline as the pendulum swings back, reflecting the country’s shutdown, according to ACT Research. How is this ever-shifting
With stay at home orders in effect across the country, less vehicles on the road means more room for your trucks to runs, so deliveries should be made faster, right? It’s not that simple. Change several of the variables within the supply chain and you see inefficiencies ripple through logistics. To get a bead on
It’s time to start cutting costs. FTR noted late last week that it views February as likely the last positive for its trucking condition index. Ouch. Not a fun headline. But that’s our short-term reality. Smart fleets will start optimizing its equipment utilization, squeezing out every fraction of fuel efficiency they can, stepping up their
Unexpected truck service issues always happen at the worst time in the worst place. Finding a service facility that has bay and technician availability, the right parts, and won’t rake you over the coals in terms of cost can feel like finding an oasis in the middle of a desert. But it doesn’t have to.
There’s no time for downtime. In your truck service shops, you’re balancing social distancing, perhaps altered truck maintenance and technician schedules, while maintaining the highest degree of safety and service efficiency. For ideas on how to support everything that depends on your maintenance process, how to stay on top of emerging fault code trends and
Today demands adaptability and flexibility. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought with it market uncertainty that will likely have a long-term effect. But one thing remains certain: Trucking is essential. As the fleet managers responsible for running the trucks and managing the drivers that are delivering essential goods, strong fundamentals will enable creative uses of your
The threats that will put your trucks on the side of the road haven’t changed much–brakes, lights and tires are still the main culprits, according to Dave Walters, senior solutions engineer for Trimble Transportation–but what has changed is what you can do about it. The service data streaming off of your trucks are fueling everything
Integration. Five years ago that word was synonymous with powertrain components. Today, the integration trend continues, but now it’s synonymous with data. You have plenty of it streaming off of your trucks, but being able to put that data in to actionable dashboards and match it up with other data points from other solutions providers