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Rolling Strong launches “Give Me Ten” driver health initiative

Rolling Strong, a driver wellness program, announced it will offer a free weight loss initiative, “Give Me Ten,” during the month of January. Professional drivers who lose 10 pounds in January will receive a $10 gift card to Rolling Strong’s online store. This promotion is for any professional driver. Drivers already enrolled as a Rolling Strong member can log in to their account with their starting weight and then post their success on Rolling Strong's Facebook ...

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Rand McNally signs on for Pilot’s Truck Driver Challenge

Rand McNally has signed on to be a sponsor of the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge. During the season, professional hauler drivers from IndyCar, NASCAR and the NHRA series will navigate road courses modeled after real-world obstacles, testing their safe driving abilities. When the safest and most skilled drivers are announced at the end of their respective seasons, the top-3 drivers in each series will receive a new Rand McNally TND truck GPS unit. This ...

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VIPAR Heavy Duty aquires Power Heavy Duty

VIPAR Heavy Duty announced today the acquisition of Power Heavy Duty based in Pearland, Texas. As a result of the transaction, Power Heavy Duty will become part of the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies and continue to serve the marketplace as a separate brand. Power Heavy Duty has more than 200 locations across the U.S., while VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors operate from over 500 locations across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.  The combined ...

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Continental introduces new tire products

Continental introduced new tire products in December, including the HTL1 wide single truck tire as a ContiTread retread. In 400 millimeter tread width, the HTL1 can be retreaded for fleets who operate wide single drive or trailer tires in sizes 445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5. Wide single truck tires like the Continental HTL1 (Heavy Trailer Long Haul) are often used in liquid and dry bulk hauling applications where weight is a concern, or by fleets seeking to take ...

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Love’s opens new locations in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina

Love’s Travel Stops opened three new travel locations this week: Pecos, Texas., on I-20, at Exit 42; St. Louis, Mo., on I-70, at Exit 246A; and Lexington, S.C., on I-20, at Exit 51. The additions expand its nationwide network to 312 stops. The Love’s in Pecos features Chester’s International, McDonald’s and Subway restaurants and has 116 truck parking spaces. The St. Louis location offers McDonald’s and Subway restaurants and 97 truck parking spaces. The Lexington store ...

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KeepTruckin introduces e-log app

KeepTruckin has introduced a mobile electronic logbook app. The KeepTruckin mobile app lets drivers: Track their logs on their iPhone or Android device Get alerts when their logs have pending hours-of-service violations Edit their logs to correct mistakes Sign and submit their logs via email or fax KeepTruckin also works with to help dispatchers and fleet managers collect and audit drivers’ logs through their website. The KeepTruckin website lets dispatchers: Save their drivers’ logs in the Cloud Automatically audit logs for violations View documents uploaded ...

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Peterbilt’s new model 567 in full production

The newest addition to Peterbilt’s vehicle lineup – the vocational Model 567 – is now in full production. The truck or tractor can be configured to meet a range of heavy- and severe-duty applications. Peterbilt unveiled the new model earlier this year during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. It was developed through product research and development and was tested at the Paccrar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. The Model 567 comes standard with the ...

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Prime participates in Wreaths Across America

Prime Inc. will participate in the annual Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 14 at Springfield National Cemetery. The Missouri Highway Patrol will escort a Prime truck carrying over 1,000 wreaths through the state. The wreaths will be delivered and placed at the cemetery at 9 a.m. The ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m., will be conducted in unison with more than 800 cemeteries around the country. The Springfield Civil air Patrol Auxiliary color guard and ...

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Bridgestone sends two drivers to college football championship

Bobbie Ward, Jr. of Cleburne, Texas, and William Gill of Riverside, Calif., will attend the college football national championship game in Pasadena, Calif., thanks to a first place win in the Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Drive a Firestone Sweepstakes for CDL holders. Ward and Gill’s entries were randomly selected from the Drive a Firestone Sweepstakes, part of the year-long Those With Drive, Drive a Firestone campaign designed to market new Firestone eco-Products. Ward and Gill will travel to ...

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FMCSA safety belt art contest

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched the 2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

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