Today’s Trucks are Rolling Computers

Sophisticated systems come together to start, run and control numerous aspects of truck performance. A computer known as the engine control module (ECM) is attached to the side of the engine and is designed to operate various truck features, not just the engine. ECMs have been used in heavy trucks since the 1990s and have...

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Science Favors Speed Limiters on Heavy Trucks

Large trucks require longer stopping distances and not just when carrying heavy loads. That makes them dangerous when operated at high speeds, especially to smaller vehicles that are able to stop in much less road. Resulting crashes can be devastating. In an effort to reduce tragedies, in 2008 two Canadian Provinces, namely Ontario and Quebec...

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Surviving the Looming Truck Driver Shortage

During the Second World War many North American soldiers were shipped overseas to battle the enemy. That left few to work at home. What happened to manufacturing? It didn’t stop; women took over the building of airplanes, military vehicles, and weapons. These days we’re facing another shortage of workers, those in the trucking industry, namely...

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Great Labor Rates

Great Labor Rates May Not be the Best Rates Heavy truck and trailer repairs are expensive, not just for parts and labor. What about towing costs, mobile service calls, layover costs for drivers, and lost revenue from downtime? Are we saying that we should be sympathetic toward truck owners and set our parts and labor...

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