How the Head Knows What the Tailâ€™s Doing: A Look at Multiplexing
There has been a seemingly endless stream of advances in trucking over the last couple decades, across just about every aspect of the industry. Whether the advance has to do with the quality of trailer you’re pulling, the computers in the truck itself, the communications technology that’s now available, or the way you log your loads, to name a few, you’re working more efficiently now than ever. Multiplexing presents a potential solution that combines all these elements into packages, which is intended to make you more efficient than you might have imagined possible.
Nine Wiring Hazards and How to Avoid Them
When looking at wiring harnesses there are nine common causes of failure, according to Grote, a leading manufacturer of lighting products. We will discuss each one’s cause and repair.
Are You Ready For Winter Driving?
Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice. If you are being followed too closely, maintain an extra distance behind the vehicle ahead so that you can slow down or brake gradually.
CSA 2010 Changes: Reactions and Resources--Part 4 of 4
Be prepared to adjust speed and/or stop to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of you. Plan ahead when approaching intersections to that braking can be done smoothly.
As we've established, there are some pretty big changes on their way in June of this year. We've looked at changes specific to drivers, changes specific to carriers, and looked at a general overview of CSA 2010. What we haven't looked at as yet is what's most important: your reactions to the matter. There are a couple threads at the ExpeditersOnline.com forums that I've pulled these quotes from, and following those, I'll list some good resources to learn more about CSA 2010 and thoughts about the changes.
CSA brings Safety Changes to Carriers, Too: CSA Primer Part 3 of 4
In the previous parts of this series, we focused on an overview of CSA 2010 and how it will affect drivers. Part 3 will cover the changes CSA is bringing to carriers and how they'll be affected in June of this year when CSA 2010 goes into effect.
Expediter Uses Solar Power to Eliminate Idling
Bill guided us around his van and showed the components. The system begins with two solar panels mounted on the roof. The panels convert solar energy (sunlight) into electric current. Wires carry the current to a controller.
The Tool Box - Generators/APU's
Why would you want to spend $5000 plus for one of these?
Silver Star Transmission: Save Money on a Better Transmission? You Bet.
...only you can decide whether or not you can justify an APU, but these numbers will help you with the calculations. I feel the anti-idle laws in this country will keep getting tougher and the only way to get required rest is with an APU running with heat or a/c as needed or get a motel for the night.
“We sell value,” owner Don Close says when he describes his transmission-building company, Silver Star Transmission. “We don’t try to sell the cheapest or the most expensive, we try to give the most bang for buck: the best value.”
CSA 2010 Brings Change for Drivers: CSA Primer Part 2 of 4
Silver Star Transmission specializes in building beefed-up Mercedes transmissions--and this means Sprinters, expediting folks. Mr. Close has made something of a career out of German engineering. “Mercedes have been my whole life. I’ve never worked on anything else.”
In the first installment of this series, we offered a somewhat broad overview of what CSA 2010 proposes to do in terms of changing the overall safety standards. In this installment, we're going to look at what those changes mean for drivers.
Border Security: Touchy All Around
A central feature of living in the United States is one of debate, and I’d be hard pressed to find a topic as controversial as border security. There are countless opinions floating around about it, and many of them seem to be well-informed--despite the fact that this information appears to come from an extremely wide variety of sources. Some folks think the US border is too open, some think it’s not open enough. And when you throw the topic of shipping and trucking on top of that, things seem to get complicated.