Jack Roberts

Five from Overdrive: The problem of uncompensated time, HOS driving drivers out of the industry,more on cargo theft

Overdrive editor Jack Roberts weighs in today on the problem of uncompensated driver time, cargo theft craziness as well as Wendy Parker on the indestructible bluetooth speaker.

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My favorite truck? Don’t ask!

The one question I get asked more than any other as a truck journalist is some variation on, “Which truck is your favorite?”  And it’s not just drivers, fleet managers or industry figures who want to know: My parents, my cousins, my friends have all asked me at one time or another which truck is my favorite.  Of course, as a journalist, I’m supposed to be impartial. And I try to be. Later this week, I’ll be ...

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How to start and stick with a retread program

One prevalent frustration in the commercial tire industry is that many owner-operators remain suspicious of retreads. As a consequence, they lack a coherent used tire program – and experts say they simply are throwing money away.

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Made in Spain?

In the wake of the Great Recession, Europe has pulled ahead somewhat of the U.S. in areas like vehicle telematics and integrated drivetrains.

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Natural gas 101: What owner-operators need to know

Truck makers feel that heavy-duty natural gas trucks eventually could make up 15 to 20 percent of the Class 8 market in the United States, Here’s a primer to get you ready.

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Freightliner pushes the technology envelope

Not long ago, hard-boiled Union Men in overalls literally forged American trucks from molten metal. And those trucks, like the men who built them, were tough, uncompromising and rough around the edges. The interiors were basic. The seats were adequate, the transmissions incomprehensible to the uninitiated and luxuries unheard of: Maybe there’d be an AM radio with a mono speak crammed into the dash, cranked up to full volume and still losing the sonic battle ...

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Evolution evolves: Freightliner adds gas power to Cascadia’s aero package

Napa Valley, Calif., has become an annual locale for Freightliner to present news and updates on various industry issues. And what’s the point of holding court if you don’t let folks take your trucks out for a spin?

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Are glider kits the answer to natural gas impasse?

A lot of fleets are attracted to the idea of natural gas-powered heavy duty trucks. And a lot of fleets turn and walk the other way when they see the sticker prices on brand-new natural gas trucks. That’s not to say that fleets aren’t running natural gas trucks and making money doing so. But while the cost of fuel can – in some cases – be close to half the price of diesel fuel today, the ...

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Will drivers come around on automatic transmissions?

Manufacturers say enhanced data sharing between engines and transmissions is boosting the efficiency of automatic transmissions over manual. Will they ever gain acceptance among drivers?

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Auto vs. manual transmission: Data-driven tech better than complete control?

Previous performance issues with automatic transmissions have been smoothed out by the amount of data engines and transmissions are sharing. Will they finally be able to make a strong inroads in trucking?

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