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Women In Trucking Association and Navistar are seeking candidates for the 2015 Influential Women In Trucking Award. The award recognizes women who make or influence key decisions in the trucking industry. Nominations for the award are being accepted through Jan. 31, 2015.The winner will be announced at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention being held in Orlando, Fla., on March 8-11. “This award supports our mission to celebrate the success of women in the trucking industry by highlighting women who have been pioneers and role models for those of us working in transportation careers,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women In Trucking. The award is now in its fifth year, and WIT and Navistar originally developed it in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders in trucking and to attract and advance women within the industry. Last year, nearly 100 women were nominated and winners included women from […]

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Comments Off on What’s Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Riding along has been a drop in fuel costs, with diesel falling from the high of the year at $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December, according to U.S. Energy Department figures. The result has been billions of dollars in savings — not just for the trucking industry ($350 million to $375 million annually for each one-cent decline, according to the American Trucking Associations), but also for consumers. They have seen gasoline prices fall by an even greater margin, translating into a “consumer windfall” totaling $125 billion, according to research from investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, which called the drop a “middle class tax cut.” The global glut One of the main factors behind all this is a worldwide glut of crude oil that’s expected […]

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Comments Off on Michelin Updates Dealer Locator App

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app, offering drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information. The new app is designed specifically for ease of use while on the road. “This new app is designed to provide fleets and owner-operators with easy access to the Michelin products and services offered by our commercial truck tire dealers,” says Bianca Hogan, U.S. marketing manager, Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “With mobile and up-to-date information, the Michelin Truck Dealer Locator app allows users to easily locate the tires and services they need to run their operations and get their vehicles back on the road.” Truckers can search for dealers by location (address, city state and ZIP code) or by latitude and longitude. The search then can be refined to select dealers with the specific products, services or network/service providers they need. The company […]

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Comments Off on Economic Watch: GDP Wows, Durable Goods Decrease

The value of the production of goods and services in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year increased at an annual rate of 5%, according to a third estimate from the U.S. Commerce Department. The latest figure compares to a 4.6% annual increase in the gross domestic product during the second quarter and is the strongest showing since the third quarter of 2003. Last month the department estimated third quarter GDP growth was at an annual rate of 3.9% The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures, nonresidential fixed investment, federal government spending, exports, state and local government spending, and residential fixed investment, according to the Commerce Department. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, decreased. “In a word, wow!” said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at the investment firm Sterne Agee. “Per usual the economic data […]

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Comments Off on 2015 Trailer Orders Boost November Numbers

November trailer orders in the U.S. hit 39,356, the second-highest month ever behind October of this year, according to a report from FTR. Last week, ACT Research releaseda similar report, noting that the past three months of 2014 have all seen record growth. The growth in trailer orders in the last quarter of 2014 can be partially attributed to fleets planning ahead for 2015 when production slots are expected to be scarce. In the past 12 months, there have been a total of 342,000 trailer orders. “The trailer market is showing continued power and this momentum is now expected to flow into the second half of 2015,” said Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR. “Backlogs are now tremendously high, so build rates are going to remain robust for several quarters.” The environment for fleets is positive right now with plenty of freight, tight capacities, lower diesel prices and […]

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Comments Off on Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines. New U.S. Energy Department figures show the average cost for on-highway diesel is down 13.8 cents over the past week to $3.281 per gallon, its lowest level in four years. This is 59.2 cents less than the same time a year ago and compares to a high for the year of $4.021 in March. Prices fell over the past week between 4.2 cents in New England for an average of $3.425, also the highest priced part of the country, to as much as 17.9 cents in the Midwest to $3.294. Compared to a year ago prices in the different parts of the country are down between 51.5 cents to as much as 65.5 cents less. Trucking’s main fuel […]

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Comments Off on Ultimate Test Drive Video: A Walk Around of the Freightliner 122SD

In our latest Ultimate Test Drive Video, Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of Freightliner’s Extreme Heavy Haul 122SD. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half. Source: Trucking Info

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Comments Off on Are You Putting Enough Air In Your Steer Tires?

If you are not running at least 105 psi in your steer tires, you’re running underinflated. In some cases, those tires may be in run-flat condition. Steer tires run at or close to their maximum load all the time, even when the truck is empty. Normal loads demand more than 100 psi. Most fleet maintenance managers know exactly why they spec a certain drive-axle ratio. That number is one part of a series of inputs that will get them to a certain engine speed at a certain cruise speed with an eye toward maximizing fuel economy. But can they tell you why they inflate their tires to 100 psi? Curtis Decker, manager of product development at Continental Tire North America, says the number has been around a long time, and its origins befit tires that were in service 20 years ago. ADVERTISEMENT “The truth is inflating tires on 12,000-pound steer […]

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Comments Off on Q&A: Caterpillar’s Ron Schultz

Ron Schultz is global on-highway truck sales and product support manager at Caterpillar Inc. HDT: The Cat Truck started with the CT660 with a setback steer axle in 2011. Why did it take so long for the axle-forward CT681 to come out? Schultz: Part of the process is our NPI, new product introduction. This involves rigorous testing of the product and getting customer feedback on the 660 and prototypes of the 681. We got feedback on what was needed on that axle-forward model – the simple, “industrial” styling, for example. We’ll have the 680 [an axle-forward tractor] in 2015, and we continue to evaluate our expansion. We might have something else [to announce] in mid year. HDT: You’ll stay with vocational trucks? Schultz: Yes. We continue to emphasize the Cat value story — one-stop shopping, low operating cost and total life-cycle costs. HDT: Cat Trucks are built by Navistar. Aside […]

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Comments Off on Three Things to Consider When Comparing Insurers

When shopping for commercial auto insurance, it’s important to consider a number of factors, not just cost. When shopping for commercial auto insurance, it’s important to consider a number of factors, not just cost. Compare offerings and find out which insurer will best fit your business needs. Here a few things to keep in mind that will help you make the most informed decision. Claims Find out if they have specialized claims reps. If you do have an accident, it’s important to find a company that has dedicated commercial auto claims representatives, not general reps who work for a third-party. Specialized claims reps will help get you back on the road quicker. Ask if they have dedicated repair shops. Similar to specialized claims representatives, finding an insurer with a network of shops is important. In addition to speeding up the repair of your vehicles, many of these shops will offer […]

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