Operation and application: Loads, speed, routes, traffic, terrain, road surfaces, empty miles and weather all affect fuel consumption. Consider using software programs to assist with boosting fuel economy, as well as productivity and efficiency, through improved inbound/outbound planning, computerized mapping and route optimization, detailed driving directions, and so forth. Telematics can be used to provide driver and vehicle utilization and productivity data. Digital fuel consumption gauges can be used to provide the driver with real-time feedback on fuel economy.
David Kolman is a veteran truck communicator, keynote speaker and long-haul trucker. Commissioned as an Honorary Colonel on the Kentucky governor’s staff for his work promoting traffic safety, he actively participates in trade associations and reports news and information about the trucking industry for broadcasting and print media.
Hendrickson has introduced its HTB rear air suspension, “a premium, improved-riding alternative to industry standard suspensions” for Class 8 trucks. A low-maintenance, lightweight, non-torque reactive suspension, it is said to be the lightest suspension in its class at 570 pounds including axle brackets, which saves up to 257 pounds of weight over industry-standard 40,000-pound suspensions.
Peterbilt is making detailed truck schematics and parts lists available through the Internet with its TruckCare Web ECAT (electronic catalog). Replacing the CD-ROM version, Web ECAT cross references a truck’s original chassis record with the PACCAR Parts catalog. Users can search and identify parts by keyword, part number and interactive visual diagrams. Additionally, wiring and air piping diagrams, as well as alternate part selections if the original part is no longer produced, are available.
Roadranger has a new four-disk CD set that neatly packages more than 400 Dana and Eaton product and service documents, providing a comprehensive Roadranger product library. The CD set includes such key information as driver training, lubrication tips, troubleshooting guidelines, illustrated parts lists and warranty information. Components and systems that are featured include axles, brakes, clutches, driveshafts, trailer suspensions, tire management products, manual and automated transmissions, service tools and collision warning systems.