- Trucking Really Ramps Up for Business
Truckers do more than move merchandise. They also move the economy. And with economic forecasts looking solid, truckers can expect a steadily growing demand for freight services. That means more jobs and more miles. Are you and your truck ready?
- Taking the Driver Out of the Fuel Economy Equation
The biggest factor in fuel economy is still the driver and driving for optimum fuel economy is becoming an increasingly daunting proposition and driver training is becoming more critical.
- What You Don't Know About Tires Can Hurt Fuel Economy
Aerodynamics, engines, speed, idling, vehicle weight, these are all things that come to top of mind when considering improving fuel economy on heavy trucks. But there's another component on the truck that plays a critical role in fuel economy that is sometimes overlooked when pondering the fuel economy equation.
- Crazy Fun Facts About American Truckers!
To understand the relevance of truck driving in the U.S. and around the world, you have to dig into the numbers. Here are some that demonstrate what trucking means to the American economy:
- New Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Program
The new standards for fuel economy aim to achieve the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon for light-duty trucks and cars by 2025. This new benchmark is almost twice in terms of fuel efficiency of the trucks and cars currently on the roads.
- A Rising TCI Gives New Hope to the Trucking Industry
The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) of FTR rose to 5.8 in August, compared to 4.4 in July. Since the beginning of 2011, despite a weakening economy, the TCI continued to hover in a mildly positive zone.
- Problems With New Trucks Enhance The Value of Used Ones
This statement reflects the opinion of many people who are involved with tnew-used-truckshe trucking industry. Although there are increasing requirements to make trucks more environmentally friendly these are not all working in the new truck engine manufacturing.
- What is the Best Kind of Powertrain?
The most important part of any big rig is the powertrain, which is the engine, transmission, and rear axle. In purchasing any new or used truck this is something that needs careful inspection.
- What's Ahead For The Trucking Industry?
Most truckers recognize some drastic changes have occurred in the industry since the recession began in 2008. Higher fuel prices, more legislative mandates, and reduced consumer spending have all taken their toll on many who depend on this profession for survival.
- Automatic Transmissions and Class 8 Trucks: Are We Better with Them or Without?
Semi trucks with automatic transmissions generally have more electrical problems than those with manual transmissions. They are also known to wear out trucks at a much faster rate than good drivers who drive manual transmissions.
- Utility Trailers: Not Utility Trailers
The company Utility Trailers is a major manufacturer of semi-truck trailers. They produce flatbed, curtainside van, dry van, and refrigerated trailers. Utility Trailers' products should not be confused with personal use utility trailers.
- Live Life Over the Road and Buy Your Own Rig
Today, we're putting the spotlight on buying and financing your own rig Maybe you sit and look at trucks for sale, dreaming of a new career. Finding a rig of your own and purchasing it is not as hard as you think. Unless you have a lot of cash on hand (and who does in this economy?) you will probably have to look into financing a commercial truck. Where to start? Who should you talk to? What things should you consider? What if you have bad credit? All these questions and more probably race through your mind as you think about the big picture.
- UCLA Anderson Forecast says Economic Recovery on Track
Ed Leamer, the director of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson Forecast, reported that trucking business activity showed a decline in January 2011 using a 12-year tracking model. The good news is that economic recovery continues to gain momentum, though the January decline does need explanation.
- Trucker Shortages Loom for 2011 – Truck Industry Bucks Global Trend
With much of the US economy experiencing shrinkage in 2010 as the world weathered the worst recession since the Great Depression, the trucking industry bucked the trend. The US economy needed 200,000 new truckers in 2010, with a further 200,000 needed for 2011, according to the Council of Supply Chain Management.
- Is Leasing a Truck from a Carrier a Good Idea?
Leasing a truck is a big commitment, no matter who you are – a rookie, veteran or fleet operator. Going the carrier route makes sense in some situations and absolutely none in others – the decision will all depend on your own personal situation.
- Happy New Year 2011
Expect the economy to make a firm recovery in 2011 and this is going to mean increasing demand for trucking and logistical services. Trucking growth will be focused upon major manufacturing and import/export and national logistical hubs such as Houston, Chicago, San Diego and Baltimore. The news from the Christmas sales season is positive with the US consumer returning to the stores and freely spending money again.