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Five truck trend takeaways from March

Sure, the Coronavirus made up many of headlines in March, but there were other heavy-duty truck happenings that impacted the industry. Here are our Top 5.

David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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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 March focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.

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5. Maximize fuel economy with wheel position in mind

Here’s a fleet fuel efficiency tire hack: Maximize the impact of wheel position on fuel efficiency. It’s important to keep in mind that the right tire in the wrong position will not result in optimal performance.

Read more here.

4. Your go-to tractor, trailer suspension inspection and maintenance guide

Legally, you are required to inspect your tractor and trailer suspension systems annually, but running a safe and productive fleet demands more than a once-a-year suspension check. We reached out to a bevy of suspension experts to pull together general rules of thumb to give you guidance in your suspension inspections.

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Here’s what they said.

3. You can avoid the trucking service communication breakdown

How you can help your service provider be more productive—and boost your bottom line in the process. Here are a few steps you can take to make the service process better for everyone involved.

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2. Taking the first electric truck step together with Volvo Trucks

Peter Voorhoeve isn’t one to dive headlong into electric truck hyperbole or theoretical equipment applications. As the president of Volvo Trucks North America, he prefers developing relationships with customers, closing business with a solid handshake and delivering on expectations. Voorhoeve knows that it takes more than an OEM, a customer or a supplier to make electric trucks a reality. It takes everyone.

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Read how Volvo keeps talk of application and electric truck capabilities front and center here.

1. Coronavirus impacts the industry, trucking steps up to the challenge

While a good chunk of the world self-quarantines, the trucking industry is doing just the opposite. Fleet Equipment has been keeping up, researching market data and staying up to date on the latest announcements from manufacturers and OEMs.

Managing Editor Alex Crissey discusses how Coronavirus is affecting the industry on the Fleet Future podcast, and Editor Jason Morgan is speaking to industry experts in our new video series, Fleet Equipment Unscripted.

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You can find all of our Coronavirus-related coverage here.

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