Dean Smallwood

Changing Gear: Online updates from Johnson Refrigerated and Mack, plus Kenworth and Peterbilt reminders

| June 16, 2014

With new technologies and changing times comes new, faster and more colorful ways to reach out to others. Companies continually are tweaking their websites and social media outlets to improve the user experience, and Johnson ...

Changing Gear: High-tech solutions from TruckersBooks, Continental, TMC

| June 09, 2014

Well, in this ever-changing world in which we live, the latest technology breakthroughs come fast and furious. In the trucking world, the latest hardware and software can help make drivers even more efficient and productive. ...

Changing Gear: Cool stuff for a hot summer

| June 02, 2014

It’s getting hot out there, and as a driver, when your livelihood keeps you out on the road for long stretches of time away from a comfortable air conditioned office and an chilly beverage, you ...

Changing Gear: Updates from Meritor, Hogebuilt, NTN Bower, Daimler, Jost

| May 24, 2014

Meritor Inc. has added optimized axle ratios to its 14X rear-drive axle portfolio to help enhance fuel economy. The company’s14X tandem drive axles with a 2.79 ratio will be available for production in June, and ...

Changing Gear: Updates from Yokohama, Truck-Lite, Amsoil, Fontaine Modification, Rotary Lift

| May 19, 2014

Drivers looking for Yokohama Tire Corp.’s ultra-wide base tires have a new source: Love’s Travel Stop network. YTC announced that Love’s – which has 191 Truck Tire Care locations nationwide – will carry two UWB ...

Changing Gear: ACT Expo highlights from Freightliner, Kenworth, Eaton, Chart, dHybrid, Penske

| May 12, 2014

The annual Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo normally tends to be a fleet-centric affair, with discussions and product rollouts that pertain mostly to more sizable trucking companies. But for owner-operators interested in exploring alternative fuels ...

Changing Gear: MATS product review

| May 05, 2014

This year’s Mid-America Trucking Show has long since come and gone, with the usual avalanche of new product announcements. With all of the great stuff that was rolled out at this year’s show, it’d be ...

Changing Gear grab bag: Facebook likes, Bluetooth weights, truck giveaways

| April 28, 2014

Kenworth Truck Co. announced that its official Facebook site surpassed 100,000 likes. The social media site is designed as a forum for information from Kenworth and thoughts from Kenworth owners and enthusiasts about their trucks. ...

Dean Smallwood

Dean Smallwood is managing editor of Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive. He has more than two decades of journalism experience, with nearly half of that spent covering the transportation industry. Daytime Phone: 800-633-5953, ext. 1039

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