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

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 such as natural gas and willing to take the financial plunge, there were a few interesting announcements made at last week’s event in Long Beach, Calif. Freightliner Trucks soon will offer factory-installed liquefied natural gas fuel tanks for the Cascadia 113. ...

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Gender, personality traits and even more odd notions about numbers

Your days are numbered, so to speak. Drivers are bombarded by numerical characters, more so today than ever.

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Changing Gear: MATS product review

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 a near-miracle is anyone was able to keep track of it all. Naturally, a few noteworthy items might have gotten lost in the shuffle, but here for your convenience is a summary of this year’s highlighted products. Click on the headline ...

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Hours and recorders: Give safe drivers some freedom

You shouldn’t have to invest in electronic logging technology to continue proving that you're safe.

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

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. The site also covers the company’s history from its founding in 1923 to the present, and offers an Owner’s Gallery of photographs submitted by Kenworth truck owners throughout the United States and Canada. To visit, go to www.kenworth.com and click ...

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6 revealing facts about the owner-operator population

The latest Overdrive report, just out, says demand for owner-operator services is high and the balance of leased and independent operators continues to shift.

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Surfing For Gear: Updates from Gates, Fontaine, Rotary Lift, SKF, Bridgestone

The Gates Corp., a manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, unveiled its updated corporate website the company says was designed with OEM, MRO and distributor audiences in mind. The new Gates.com is built for easier access to hose and belt products, tips and resources for an improved user experience. To tour the website, click here. Fontaine Modification also has redesigned its website to be more visually appealing, easier to use and better optimized for mobile devices. ...

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Smile for the camera, but keep your eyes on the road

Having anyone’s camera inches away from you virtually the entire time you’re doing your job, and knowing that you don’t have control of the on/off switch, has to be unnerving.

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Vote for your favorite beautiful trucker

Selected quotes from our Most Beautiful nominees: “I love this industry and wouldn’t do anything else. I have a heart of gold and would give my last roller for a fellow driver in need”... and more!

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

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, automotive battery development has been slow and steady, with most of the resulting improvements focusing on longer maintenance-free life. Now, all that is changing: Rising fuel prices, anti-idling laws, alternative-drive vehicles and an exponential boom in the power requirements on commercial ...

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