Industry News

  1. Must-Haves For Buses in Winter

    The Importance of Buses In Winter

    Whether we’re talking about city buses, school buses, or shuttle buses, the importance of buses to safely get people from one destination to another cannot be understated. Safely navigating a bus through city and highway traffic on a regular basis is tricky enough, but during the winter, the stakes are higher with driver, passenger, and road safety.

    While driver training and intuition can make a big difference in winter bus driving, it’s also critical to not forget about the bus itself — namely, the parts that go into ensuring that buses can safely and effectively handle the adverse conditions of the season. As we head full-speed into a long winter, there are a few key parts and systems to keep in mind.

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  2. Winter and Your Driveline

    How Your Truck Experiences Winter

    As a trucker or fleet owner, you understand how dangerous winter driving can be — especially when it’s an 80,000-pound class 8 truck that’s out there trying to navigate the snow and ice. But also consider that it’s not just you or your drivers that are having to deal with winter — your truck is also experiencing it.

    As it gets closer to the heart of winter, it’s important to not only make sure you’ve got the appropriate tires and that your brakes are at peak performance, but to also consider the major systems of your truck or fleet such as the HVAC and drivetrain, and take into account what they might need to help you stay “up” this season.

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  3. A Guide To Shopping Aftermarket: Buying Based On Truck Life Cycle

    The trucking industry follows a similar pattern to all of retail – out with the old, and in with the new. But to our individual owner/operators out there, you’re not buying new trucks every one to three years. That means you’re sticking with old reliable – and we love that, so we’re going to outfit it with the best parts to keep it running as efficiently as possible.

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  4. 3 Tips For Avoiding Class 8 Truck Starter Failure For This Winter

    Depending on where you are on the road right now, you may already have started experiencing the early challenges of winter. For me, the first big snow hit this morning so what better time to talk about avoiding winter problems than now?

    Truth be told, the winter makes everything more challenging. Not only does it make it difficult when driving, but it even makes trucks harder to start. We’ll take a deep dive into problems that cause these issues so you’ll not sitting out in the cold trying to figure out what’s going on.

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  5. Oil Leaks, Oil Weeps, and Warranties, Oh My!

    Drivetrain Oil Leaks Vs Oil Weeps: Is There A Difference?

    A situation where the oil that’s supposed to be inside of your drivetrain is visible on the outside of your drivetrain is less always less than ideal. And in this situation, truck drivers and fleet managers tend to go one of two ways — either high-tailing it to the mechanic or, if the truck is still drivable, letting it go until it truly becomes a problem.

    Your first line of defense when there’s an oil issue is knowing what you’re looking at — is it a true oil leak or is it an oil weep? What do those mean and how can they affect your warranty coverage? Let’s talk it out so you can have a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

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  6. Trucking Misconceptions: Are Truck Drivers Really Safe?

    Study Shows Major Public Misperceptions of Truck Drivers 

    It’s no secret that sharing the road with commercial vehicles makes the general public nervous, but according to a recent study, a high number of drivers of passenger cars and smaller vehicles also believe that commercial vehicles also pose a high level of danger.

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  7. Truck Class Designation - Why It Matters

    ”Truck” is a relatively vague word when it comes to vehicles on the road. A garbage truck and the Chevy truck you take fishing are not the same truck. You can’t compare a Freightliner Cascadia to a Toyota Tacoma. An Autocar DC is not a “car” at all.

    All in all, there are eight classes of trucks that range from weight to duty classifications. These classes are important, because not only do they determine what parts you’ll need for your vehicle, but they can also affect part warranties and more as well.

    Let’s go in class by class.

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  8. 5 Things You Should Know About Truck Mirrors

    1. Mirrors On Big Trucks Are A Big Deal

    Even though your truck mirrors aren’t responsible for the power or mobility of your vehicle or fleet, they should still be given considerable attention. No matter what size truck you’re driving, there’s only so much you can see with the naked eye. Your mirrors amplify your visibility of not only the back of your truck but also what the drivers on both sides of you are doing. Mirrors are also your first line of defense in making sure you can change lanes safely and anticipate any road situations in which you have to stop or maneuver quickly.

    With so much to keep up with in your day-to-day driving and business, it can be easy to just jump in the truck and go without giving a second thought to the clarity, condition and setup of your mirror system, but when it comes to how and what you see, there’s a lot to consider.

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  9. Don't Fall For Autumn's Tricks - Preparing Your Truck For The Changing Season

    You hear it all the time - "Winter is Coming". But before we get there, we have to deal with Autumn along the way. Whether you're an experienced truck driver or it's your first year behind the big wheel, it's always smart to keep your truck outfitted with the best parts to combat the seasons. Now, let's get into some things you'll need to prepare for.

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  10. AGM Batteries and Fuel Efficiency

    What’s The Latest News About Diesel Prices?

    Starting in January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will reportedly take measures to cut back on sulfur emissions from ships. In the interest of climate change, ships will no longer be able to use fuels with a sulfur content above 0.5 percent — a huge reduction from the current sulfur content of 3.5 percent.

    What does that have to do with trucking, you ask? The new fuel that will be used by the maritime industry, also known as ultra-low sulfur diesel, is the same type of diesel used by the trucking industry. With ships currently using about 3.8 million barrels of fuel on a daily basis, the new IMO regulations will create a lot of new demand for the ultra-low sulfur diesel, which could potentially have a major impact on fuel prices.

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