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Understanding new diesel engine technology and making sure it’s used correctly

New GHG 2021 engine updates mean improved efficiency, if you understand the uses of things like predictive powertrain management systems. While the diesel specs remain the same, the technology has that enables efficiency gains has rocketed forward. Once you have a handle on it, you have to make sure your drivers and maintenance managers and

Cummins Unscripted Diesel Engine Technology
‘What’s an e-fluid?’ and other electric truck maintenance topics

We’re just beginning to understand the operational and maintenance nuances of electric trucks. They aren’t a one-to-one replacement for diesel-powered trucks. Even topics as innocuous as greases and fluids (yes, fluids are potentially still a part of electric trucks) require new considerations when running electric trucks. Case in point: Shell recently announced its line of

What is an e-fluid electric truck shell
Talking 2020 truck telematics trends and solutions to leverage in 2021

The ELD mandate that went into full effect in December of 2019, while a thorn in some fleets’ sides, was timed fortuitously. When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, essential fleets ran trucks longer and harder than ever to deliver goods to where they were needed most, and those fleets had more insight into

Talking 2020 truck telematics trends
Understanding the 2020 trucking market and what’s ahead in 2021

If you would have asked me what the trucking market at the end of 2020 would look like in March or April, my answer would have been something like this: Clearly not optimistic. And I would have been wrong. Like all things in 2020, the market was unpredictable. The shape of recovery has been compared

Hands on with the Western Star 49X

Rolling loads through a quarry, traversing the job site and tackling the rough and tumble landscape of Oregon’s high desert, the new Western Star 49X worked with confidence. The OEM put its new truck in the hands of trucking trade journalists and let us put it through its paces. Watch the video above as we

Taking advantage of truck driver safety technology

Truck driver safety and training solutions have grown astronomically this year. With truck drivers being more remote than ever due to the pandemic, an increased focus on safety came with it. Connected telematics alert you to unsafe operation, in-cab cameras let you peer into the situation in and around the truck and training platforms let

truck driver safety training technology
Electric truck charging infrastructure basics

The reality of electric truck charging infrastructure is not a “set it and forget it” process. Even after working hand in hand with your truck OEMs, charging infrastructure manufacturer and local utilities, charging your electric truck will require more hands-on management than you’re currently used to with diesel. On top of that, there are still

Where do the latest heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency gains come from?

Every time there’s a new engine launch or truck model update, I always wonder: How much more fuel efficiency can OEMs create? And every time, OEMs continue to produce improvements over their previous “best spec,” which means larger gains compared to trucks that coming off their four- to five-year lifecycle. With that question answered, there’s

Correct cargo securement to avoid costly consequences

There’s a lot going on, but even in get-it-done mode, safety needs to be paramount. Correct cargo securement is critical but the details can be easily overlooked. When do you use chains? When do you use ratchet straps? What about winch straps? What’s your cargo securement training program looking like for your fleet personnel? Knowing

Cargo Securement Trucks Trailers Kinedyne
Truck driver behavior visibility: what is it and why does it matter?

Data-driven, visibility-infused truck driver training and management solutions have boomed this year. It’s a trend that fleet equipment managers need to pay attention to because the telematics and in-cab camera systems you spec will have a direct impact on your driver training and management department. If you’re a small fleet that doesn’t have the luxury

Truck Driver training management visibility in data
Finding the cause of truck tire failures

Think about the last time you dealt with a truck tire failure. Maybe there were huge safety consequences, maybe it hit your operating costs harder than anything else. Regardless of what happened after the failure, can you remember why the failure happened in the first place? What about the cause of the last five truck

Finding Scrap Truck Tire Failure Causes
How the 3G sunset could impact your trucks’ ELDs

I know, even mentioning ELDs could make your skin crawl. While the transition for some fleets was trying, the digital benefits that come along with it can make the headaches worth it, as long as your technology of choice is in it for the long haul. If you were ahead of the ELD mandate requirement,

How the 3G sunset could impact your ELD