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Five truck trend takeaways from October

A look at the five biggest takeaways from the month of October in the world of heavy-duty trucks.

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Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment Magazine

1. Collision mitigation adoption is gaining ground

“Advanced safety systems continue to drive into fleets. With major fleets like UPS announcing that they are making collision mitigation systems a standard spec on all Class 8 models going forward, it’s only a matter of time before these safety systems become as commonplace as the seatbelt. The fact is that collision mitigation systems work.”

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As technology evolves, fleets are using the latest safety systems to make sure their drivers, and everyone else on the road, are kept as safe as possible. Editor Jason Morgan takes a look at the burgeoning field of collision mitigation systems.

2. Winter is coming: Is your fleet prepared?

“It’s the harshest season for trucks, which face issues from the brakes freezing to the products being hauled in trailers being ruined by extreme cold, among many others. Is your fleet ready to handle the most damaging season for vehicles? Take a look at each of these categories, and make sure you’re ready for nature’s cruelest season.”

Winter can be a dangerous month for vehicles; managers of fleets have to take into account a myriad of issues that crop up in the winter, from coolant to engine heaters to trailers. Associate Editor Alex Crissey walks through the issues that face trucks in the long, cold winter.

3. The ELD mandate approaches

“Once the final rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices is published, the compliance date will be two years for carriers and truck drivers to migrate to electronic logging devices. The ELD rule also provides for the ‘grandfathering’ of current devices, allowing for their continued use until late 2019.”

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The ELD mandate approaches, with fleets expected to begin moving on from paper logs and using Electronic Logging Devices. Seth Skydel looks at the various options available to ELD adopters.

4. Mack moves axle manufacturing to Hagerstown

“So how can you tell if a Mack truck has Mack-developed engines, transmissions and axles? You won’t have to look inside the engine for the answer–these trucks will be represented by a gold hood ornament of the company’s trademark bulldog, as opposed to the usual silver.”

Mack Trucks have moved manufacturing of their trucks’ axles in-house, to their Hagerstown, Md. plant, which also produces their engines and transmissions. Alex Crissey has the full scoop here–as well as a photo tour of the Hagerstown plant.

5. Fleet Equipment’s On the Road series rolls on with two new videos

Why be told about the newest in heavy- and medium-duty when you can see them for yourself? The latest in the trucking world includes this look at Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration Truck:

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As well as this look at the new line of Metris vans from Mercedes-Benz.

And if that’s still not enough truck video for you, all of the videos from FE‘s On the Road series are archived here.

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