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Health and Comfort Highlight New Truck Seats

Truck seat manufacturers are introducing innovative features designed to provide greater comfort and less fatigue in truck seats, not to mention, to help to retain drivers. Following are some of the new models and their features: Sears Seating’s Legacy Silver Seat – standard features include an enhanced back support, an air parallelogram suspension, a 22-in., Read More…

Wine Deliveries Soon to be Electrified

Most beverage alcohol delivery trucks go out into the field each morning and return each evening, racking up a few hundred driving miles per workday. In addition, the delivery trucks start and stop many times per delivery day, and idle a great deal too. With regenerative braking that sends energy to the battery, plus their lack Read More…

Are You Cranking Safely?

Truckers regularly crank landing gear, but if not done properly can cause pain and injury. What is the best way to reduce injuries? Researchers from the Washington State Department of Labor  Industries teamed up with researchers from North Carolina State University built a mock-up or landing gear and asked 12 male drivers to crank while Read More…

Five Ways to Control Tire and Wheel Costs

Ranked by level of importance, here are five ways to control tire and wheel costs in 2019: Maintain proper air pressure. Inflation pressure to a tire is like oil or coolant to the engine and fluid to the transmission. If a tire is underinflated enough under full load, separation can happen before the end of Read More…

Trucking Tech Finds a Home at CES

Once a show just for consumers, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is now appealing to players in the trucking and transportation industry. Highlights this past January included the: -Showcasing of the Peterbilt Model 220EV electric medium-duty truck -Announcement of a partnership between Kenworth and Toyota to develop a fuel-cell electric version Read More…

It’s Like You Never Left Home!

Peterbilt Debuts Model 579 UltraLoft copyright: Peterbilt EXTERIOR: Designed to maximize efficiency, providing a “2-percent aerodynamic improvement to push the limits of efficiency even further while maintaining the styling and bold look of the Model 579.” copyright: Peterbilt INTERIOR: The 579 UltraLoft offers the industry’s largest storage capacity — as much as 70 cubic feet. Read More…

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ELD Mandate – Mixed Reviews After Two Months

Around December 18, the ELD mandate took effect requiring most trucks to have an active electronic log, with drivers abiding by the hours of service (HOS) and other regulations. Well, it seems it may have been implemented at a bad time. That’s the perspective that Deborah Abrams Kaplan writes about in her SupplyChainDIVE article (1/30/18). Read More…

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Trucking Needs More W.i.T!

That’s the Women in Trucking Association (W.i.T) – a non-profit organization (www.womenintrucking.org) founded in 2007 that focuses on the transportation and logistics industry with the mission “to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.” Last September, via its Facebook Read More…

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It’s All Geek to Me . . .

A trucker in a January 3, 2017 Reddit feed posted, “I’m a trucker and a geek. Do we want to talk about laptops tough enough for trucking? I’ll tell you what I run . . . . ”: (PLEASE BE ADVISED — when this trucker calls himself a “geek,” he means GEEK). A couple of Read More…

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Twelve Days of Truckers’ Christmas: 12th DAY!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, truckers delivered to me: Twelve baby grands a’tuning Eleven tons of HAZ MAT a’glowing, Ten tons of milk a’chilling, Nine BMWs a’shining, Eight steam pipes a’gleaming, Seven bull dozers a’digging, Six turbines a’turning, Five strong steel beams! Four drilling rigs, Three steam pipes, Two prefab homes – key parts Read More…

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