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  • Tires: Are you Confused Yet?
    By Bob Caffee
    Posted Jan 17th 2011 5:11AM
    How do you read a tire sidewall and what does it mean? Of course all manufacturers are going to put their name on it, and they will also put the model, be it numbers or letters.
  • How the Head Knows What the Tail’s Doing: A Look at Multiplexing
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Dec 7th 2010 6:17AM
    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
    By Bob Caffee
    Posted Dec 1st 2010 4:32AM
    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?
    By Lee Kurtzman
    Posted Nov 23rd 2010 12:01AM
    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.

    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.
  • CSA 2010 Changes: Reactions and Resources--Part 4 of 4
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Nov 22nd 2010 3:27AM
    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
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Oct 1st 2010 3:26AM
    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
    By Phil Madsen, Expedite Now Editor
    Posted Sep 29th 2010 5:26AM
    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
    By Bob Caffee
    Posted Sep 20th 2010 4:05AM
    Why would you want to spend $5000 plus for one of these?
    ...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.
  • Silver Star Transmission: Save Money on a Better Transmission? You Bet.
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Sep 15th 2010 4:53AM
    “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.”

    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.”
  • CSA 2010 Brings Change for Drivers: CSA Primer Part 2 of 4
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Sep 14th 2010 10:05AM
    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.