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Equipment Spotlight: For today’s tech-heavy trucks, AGM batteries may be best

| April 14, 2014

Vehicular batteries are technological marvels. But for all our dependence on them in both commercial and consumer applications, they largely are forgotten or ignored – until they fail, of course. For most of the past century, ...

E-logging: What’s trackable is going to get tracked

| April 08, 2014

Even if we lived in an alternate universe where hours of service did not exist, fleets eventually would monitor drivers’ locations and hours.

Changing Gear: MATS tidbits from Mobile Awareness, Meritor-P.S.I., Toyo, Continental, AIMS Power

| April 07, 2014

Sometimes in the midst of the array of announcements made at the Mid-America Trucking Show, a few tidbits unrelated to MATS might seep through the cracks. So let’s set the record straight with a few ...

More owner-operator tax deduction myths to bust

| April 01, 2014

Even if you do nothing more at tax time than bury your accountant with receipts and other papers, it’s good to know the basics on deductions.

OOIDA’s Spencer: Driver treatment a key element in ‘driver image’

| March 27, 2014

Driver image is a two-sided issue, OOIDA's Todd Spencer said: Part of image, he says, in addition to what the public and trucking outsiders think, is also what truck drivers think of themselves.

An iconic movie monolith gets a customizer’s makeover

| March 25, 2014

Check out "Piss'd-Off Pete" creator Randy Grubb's 2001 video metal-working spoof, "2014: A Metal Odyssey."

Changing Gear: MATS previews from Dometic, Mack, Volvo, Utility, Yokohama, Reyco Granning, Kinedyne

| March 24, 2014

At this week’s Mid-America Trucking Shown at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Dometic Group is unveiling its Split-System Blizzard 134a, a battery-operated air conditioning unit that provides 10 no-idle hours of cooling. Available ...

Changing Gear: TMC updates from Cummins, Eaton, Dana, Webb Wheel, Phillips, Idle Smart

| March 18, 2014

The Technology and Maintenance Council’s annual meeting usually is the time that fleet maintenance managers gather to discuss the latest technical and shop trends, so naturally the vendors that attend the event and hold press ...

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