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  • Achieve Long-Term Financial Gain Through Purchasing Rather Than Renting Shop Property (11/15/2017) - A savvy real estate investment brings increased valuation and reduced overhead costs to our net worth. By Dan Klepper, co-owner of Sawaya Fleet Services in Denver
  • Volvo LNG truck Liquefied Natural Gas-Powered Volvo FH and FM Semis (11/6/2017) - “Volvo Trucks is now introducing Euro 6-compliant heavy duty vehicles running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biogas. They have the same performance, driveability and consumption as the company’s diesel-powered models. Furthermore, the new rides’ CO₂ emissions are 20 to 100 percent lower compared to diesel, depending on choice of fuel. The Volvo FH LNG
  • GMs new SURUS vehicle General Motors Co. Unveils SURUS, a Fuel Cell Chassis for Autonomous Work and Military Vehicles (11/6/2017) - The zero-emissions platform could pave the way for greener heavy duty applications. Dubbed the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), this machine doesn’t just generate electric power. It also supports self-driving operation. SURUS is designed to produce instant torque, traverse off-road terrain and “minimize logistical burdens as well as human exposure to harm,” according to
  • Most Valuable Team Player: Andre Moseley (11/1/2017) - A Seattle Seahawks fan spreads his wings as a field tech at our Pacific Northwestern shop. By Greg and Stacy Conner
  • Auto repair professionals take part in a Thanksgiving turkey drive The Ton of Turkeys Benefit Gobbles up Good Karma (11/1/2017) - Colorado operators set the table for a profitable Thanksgiving benefit. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Surviving the Storms: Repair Shop Disaster Prevention Tips (11/1/2017) - The American Red Cross spotlights ways to protect your facility and crew from devastating natural and man-made catastrophes. By Domenic Olmeda
  • The new Mack Anthem heavy duty truck. Exclusive Drive in Mack Anthem Truck (10/19/2017) - “There’s a brand new Mack semi, and it was officially released Wednesday night. It took the company more than five years to design the Anthem, and it’s still made in the Lehigh Valley at Mack’s plant in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Mack allowed 69 News business reporter Tim Silfies to get an exclusive look
  • A trolley using a caternary system How Old Trolley Technology is Powering the Trucks of Tomorrow (10/17/2017) - The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach team up with Siemens to create a zero-emissions future for transit. Keeping electric semis charged to work continuously remains one of the most vexing problems of green shipping and logistics. Air quality officials in California believe they might have found a possible solution for the twin ports
  • Wyoming Department of Transportation implements a new highway safety program. WYDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program (10/5/2017) - See how the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) aims to combat adverse driving conditions and costs caused by a high volume of trucks traveling in extreme seasonal weather on Interstate 80 with a connected vehicle pilot program.
  • Navistar heavy duty truck Volkswagen and Navistar Partner on New Electric Truck for 2019 (10/4/2017) - The pair competes alongside Nikola, Tesla and others to create an electric semi. Executives from the companies said they would jointly produce a new medium-duty truck powered by batteries by the end of 2019, according to Reuters. They also said they would be manufacturing next-gen “big bore” diesels. The two joined forces last year when Volkswagen
  • Engine Harness Horror Story: A Wicked Repair Stirs up a Witch’s Brew of Complications (9/28/2017) - Our flatbed fix-it gave us dead wrong diesel diagnostic codes, a hellish 130-mile road test and a shocking twist that no one saw coming. By Dave Bloom
  • A diesel repair technician operating an FSX DPF Cleaning Machine. 4 New Revenue Streams That Could Jumpstart Your Profit Margins (9/27/2017) - How to diversify your diesel repair business with profit-driven equipment and services. By Melisa Wells
  • Diesel repair technicians at Professional Fleet Services sporting new uniforms. How to Upgrade Diesel Repair Shop Uniforms (9/27/2017) - A crew's new uniforms not only lift spirits and increase business opportunities but also attract a lot of attention as a catwalk video goes viral. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Navistar Class 8 Truck Front Grill International Navistar SuperTruck Catalist Walk-around 2017 (9/26/2017) - “‘The Catalist’s significant improvements in freight efficiency, achieved with the support of the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program, demonstrate tremendous potential for reduction in the trucking industry’s consumption of energy,’ said Mark Stasell, vice president of product development at Navistar. ‘In addition, a number of the technological innovations we have achieved are already being implemented
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at TED Talk Elon Musk Talks About the Tesla Semi Truck at TED 2017 (9/26/2017) - “Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.”
  • Semi truck tire blowout explosion Truck Tire Explosion Collection (9/26/2017) - “Here’s a compilation channel full of interesting, exсiting and funny events, fails, faults and car crashes.”
  • Shop owner Luke Pinkelman practices in-house training with a tech. Training and Tracking Goals Help Cultivate a Diesel Dream Team (8/30/2017) - Pinkelman Truck & Trailer earns its green thumb with staff incentives, quarterly performance reviews and in-house training. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Red pencil marking a survey. Why Surveys Boost Your Bottom Line (8/30/2017) - Customer and employee surveys help build better relationships and work environments. By Cassie Paton and Domenic Olmeda
  • Rich Costello, owner of Rich's Auto Body. Flex Your Facebook Muscle: 3 Clever Giveaways Guaranteed to Reap Rewards (8/30/2017) - Create a winning culture with repair shop contests and raffles that attract new customers and strengthen your social media might. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Truck platooning with CalTrans Truck Platooning Demonstration at the Port of Los Angeles (8/30/2017) - “Caltrans and partners conducted a presentation of partially automated truck platooning at the Port of Los Angeles today.”
  • Custom Class 8 truck on the road “Unstoppable” Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship Overview (8/30/2017) - “The 46th Annual Mid-America Trucking Show hosted the Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship once again. This is just a glimpse into the excitement that took place the week of March 20.” ©Copyright Big Rig Videos, LLC. Produced by Christopher E. Fiffie  
  • Scania wind-powered trucks A “Wind Power Driven Truck” (8/30/2017) - “Scania’s portfolio of electrified vehicles includes a number of different solutions. One of them is the hybrid semi that operates on the world’s first electric road.”
  • NFL Raiders Khalil Mack meets Mack Trucks Mack Meets Mack: Khalil Mack Gets a First Look at the New Highway Truck (8/22/2017) - “Mack Trucks announces a partnership with Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack. The 2016 NFL defensive player of the year will support the company in promoting its new highway truck, coming September 13, 2017.”
  • Freight semi trucks parked in lot Trucking Industry Revenues Reached $675 Billion in 2016 (8/17/2017) - The ATA’s recent American Trucking Trends report details the industry’s earnings, employment figures and more. Arlington, Va. – The American Trucking Associations released the latest edition of “ATA American Trucking Trends 2017,” the annual compendium of data about the field. Among the findings in this year’s “Trends” is that sector revenues in 2016 totaled $676.2 billion. “The
  • Sailing into Super Rigs (8/10/2017) - “Trucks sailing into place at the 2017 Shell Rotella Super Rigs show.” ©Copyright Big Rig Videos, LLC. / Produced By: Christopher E. Fiffie
  • Diesel Road Train Transport Big Future for Mega Trucks Predicted (8/1/2017) - Global road train demand to go full throttle, according to recent findings. A significant increase in the sale and use of mega trucks, or road trains as they’re called, is being predicted in a new study of industry trends. The Global Mega Trucks Market Forecast to 2025 was completed by research firm Frost & Sullivan. It says worldwide
  • Lead mobile auto repair tech Ramon Tribble poses with the owners at MTR. Most Valuable Team Player: Ramon Tribble (7/19/2017) - A sports enthusiast hits a home run at our Colorado facility. By Holly and Eddie Lawrence
  • Semi truck jackknife into space Professional Driver Jackknifing 53-Foot Trailer Into Parking Space (7/19/2017) - “Take notes. This operator makes short work of getting this buggy into a hole.”
  • Volvo VNL truck gets unboxed Volvo Sets Guinness World Record at VNL Launch (7/18/2017) - Three-year-old big rig enthusiast unboxes the mint tractor-trailer. Volvo Trucks unveiled the new VNL heavy duty truck for over-the-road operations by boxing it up like a toy and letting a toddler open it for a Guinness World Record. The unboxing may have been a slick publicity stunt, but the technology under the hood of this
  • Worker typing on laptop Encouraging Education (7/13/2017) - Trucking nonprofit pitches in for female empowerment. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Vovlo self-driving truck Volvo Trucks: Refuse Handling Like You’ve Never Seen (7/6/2017) - “Volvo Trucks and the Swedish waste management company Renova are testing how autonomous vehicles can contribute to safer, more efficient rubbish care and a better working environment.”
  • Beach chairs and seagulls Marketing Magic: Beach Chair Giveaway (7/6/2017) - This New York shop owner makes a splash with a hot raffle idea. By Domenic Olmeda
  • calculator for accounting Accounts Receivables Game: Pass or Pursue? (7/6/2017) - Should our shop hire a billing service that charges 2.5 percent commission to approve credit and collect money on more than $100,000 of outstanding bills? By Todd Scheffer
  • Semi tractor trailer Electronic Logging Delays (7/6/2017) - An open letter details the ATA’s opposition to ELD setbacks. By Domenic Olmeda
  • meat on barbecue grill Business-Boosting Barbecues (7/6/2017) - This Denver shop owner uses ribs and brisket to bring on better leads. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Apple on top of books by chalkboard Roundtable Discussion: What Have Been the Greatest Lessons You’ve Learned? (7/6/2017) - Industry leaders share their biggest takeaways from managing vehicle repair businesses. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Daimler semi tractor-trailer Truck-Lite Achieves Standard Position with Daimler Trucks in North America (7/5/2017) - Freightliner’s Cascadia semi will host three Truck-Lite parts as core equipment. Truck-Lite, a worldwide leader in heavy duty lighting, wire harness and visibility systems, has achieved standard position on the new Cascadia, one of the top-selling Class 8 trucks on the road. For the 2018 model year, Freightliner’s flagship vehicle will feature three Truck-Lite components
  • July celebrates National Cellphone Courtesy Month. How effective is your workplace policy limiting usage? (7/3/2017) - July celebrates National Cellphone Courtesy Month. How effective is your workplace usage policy limiting usage?
  • Tire racks at Dan's Diesel Talking Tire Safety (6/22/2017) - Kevin Rohlwing of the Tire Industry Association tackles today’s tread trends. By Domenic Olmeda
  • semi tractor-trailer driving in highway Sharing the Road (6/22/2017) - Trucking and auto groups unite to promote highway safety. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Donuts Palate and People Pleasers (6/22/2017) - Make a lasting impression on your customers with doughnut, breakfast burrito, pizza and candy treats. By Lauren Arakelian
  • Bandit Big Rig Series Racing Bandit Big Rig Series Highlights (6/20/2017) - “Clips of The Bandit Big Rig Series on May 13, 2017, at Montgomery Motor Speedway!”
  • Father and son shop team MItch and Bob Stout run their family business Like Father, Like Son: A Family Business Gears Up for Big Changes (6/15/2017) - Bob and Mitch Stout grow their automotive repair shop with plans for succession, renovation and possible expansion. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Class 8 Truck on highway The Future of Driverless Trucking (6/8/2017) - Imagining the future of the vast trucking industry that will become autonomous in the coming years. Video by Bryce Plank and Robin West.
  • Hand Cleaner by E-ZOIL Eco-Friendly Hand Cleanser and Shop Wipes Launch (6/7/2017) - Designed for technicians, E-ZOIL’s latest product arrivals remove impurities with a green formulation. E-ZOIL, manufacturer of performance-enhancing fuel additives and solvents, has introduced Hardy Hands, a skin cleanser for professional technicians. Using a formula that contains walnut shell scrubbers, it eliminates shop stains from the hands. It also boasts six lotions that leave them soft and clean
  • Equipment Experts truck and repair techs Show Us Your Shop: Taking Over Tacoma (6/6/2017) - From a single truck, Equipment Experts has blossomed into a booming repair business. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Which benefits do you offer your employees? (6/1/2017) - Which benefits do you offer your employees?
  • Equipment Experts Mother and Daughter Quick Q&A: Mother-Daughter Shop Duo (5/25/2017) - Stacy and Arielle Conner discuss the challenges—and perks—of bringing business and family together. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Google Logo Google Alleges Uber’s Otto Stole Trade Secrets to Develop Autonomous Trucks (5/19/2017) - In an ongoing lawsuit, a federal judge issued an injunction against Otto and parent company Uber, ordering both to submit any stolen files that may exist to Google’s self-driving vehicle venture Waymo and the court. Autonomous truck technology company Otto, that’s already performed two on-highway demonstrations of an autonomous tractor-trailer, has found itself embroiled in an
  • Snap-on gift card givewaway Snap-on Subscription Sweeps (5/2/2017) - Oh, snap! The latest giveaway from Today’s Heavy Duty Shop is live, and it’s one every business owner can get excited about. Why? Because a $100 Snap-on gift card is going to the lucky winner! Are you a fool for tools? Subscribe for free to Today’s Heavy Duty Shop by May 31, 2017. Then, your
  • Which workplace policy boosts efficiency the most? (4/27/2017) - Which workplace policy boosts efficiency the most?
  • Frontrunner train hits truck FrontRunner Train Hits FedEx Truck (4/27/2017) - “This dash camera video from the North Salt Lake Police Department shows a FrontRunner train tearing through a FedEx truck. A malfunction meant that no warning lights were flashing and the crossing arms were raised at the time of the crash, according to the Utah Transit Authority.”
  • Truck fails video thumbnail Top 10 Truck Fails Compilation (4/27/2017) - “Top 10 is the leading viral video community channel dedicated to showcasing the hottest UGC videos from across the web. We love videos and find the best ones to share with you here.”
  • Big Rig Falls on Police Car Big Rig Blows Over and Crushes Patrol Car (4/27/2017) - “Nobody was hurt when a tractor-trailer blew over onto a Wyoming Highway Patrol car, a freak accident caught on dramatic video.”
  • Skilled truck drivers World’s Best Truck Drivers: Crazy, Amazing Skills (4/27/2017) - “Take these videos as learning tools. Always obey the laws of the road and driving conditions.”
  • Trucks drive down narrow pass Narrow Street Driving for Two Big Rigs (4/27/2017) - “Trucks unbelievably narrow street driving.”
  • Mobile Transport Repair storm damage Weathering the Storm (4/27/2017) - A tornado-like windstorm and tech turnover give this Colorado couple an opportunity to transform peril into profit. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Class 8 truck driving on highway Quick Q&A: Trucks, Trends and Technology (4/27/2017) - The TCA’s David Heller weighs in on the big issues and how they may affect heavy duty shop owners in 2017. By Domenic Olmeda
  • 2nd-to-None Fleet Service Technicians Practices Make Perfect (4/27/2017) - Protect against complicated loss and liability issues with nine simple policies and procedures. By Cassie Paton
  • Diesel Particulate Filter Turn DPFs Into Your BFFs (4/27/2017) - The do’s and don’ts of servicing diesel particulate filters. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Roundtable Discussion: What’s Been Your Most Effective Business Strategy? (4/27/2017) - The experts weigh in on their highest-performing tactics. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Toyota Project Portal Truck Toyota Unveils Plans to Build a Fleet of Heavy-Duty, Hydrogen-Powered Trucks (4/26/2017) - The fuel cell big rig could pave the way for emission-free convoys. Toyota unveiled its plan today to build a fleet of heavy-duty, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell trucks. The move is further evidence that automakers are continuing to place huge bets on the most abundant element in the universe, despite major fueling limitations. Toyota introduced the
  • Tesla Car showroom Elon Musk: Tesla Will Unveil a Semi-Truck in September (4/19/2017) - The vehicle is expected to reduce the cost of cargo transport while improving safety. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that it would be unveiled in September. “Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.” In subsequent tweets, he said that Tesla (TSLA) will reveal an electric pickup truck in 18 to 24
  • Volvo Autonomous Truck Viewpoints: What’s Your Take on the Autonomous Truck Trend? (4/14/2017) - The driverless vehicle market accelerates. By Rhonda J. Wilson
  • Freightliner Cascadia Photo New Freightliner Cascadia Quality Video (4/13/2017) - “See how quality factors into all aspects of the design and manufacturing of the new Cascadia.”
  • Professional Fleet Services sign and truck Manageable Makeover: Logo Redesign (4/13/2017) - To suit its vintage vibe, a Kansas shop owner vinyl wraps an older truck with a retro version of her business' emblem. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Nikola One hydrogen heavy duty truck First Hydrogen-Electric Semi-Truck, the Nikola One (4/13/2017) - “The company says the concept vehicle has 1,200 miles of range and twice the horsepower of conventional diesel trucks.”
  • Pinkelman Truck & Trailer uses postcard marketing to promote her air conditioning special Marketing Magic: No-Fail Mailers (4/12/2017) - The benefits of creating postcard promotions. By Domenic Olmeda
  • West-Hodson breast and ovarian cancer awareness truck Making a Difference with Philanthropy (4/11/2017) - ATA sets out to quantify the industry’s charitable efforts. By Rhonda J. Wilson
  • The tech team at The Truck Shoppe Recruitment Remedy: Incentives and Interview Process (4/10/2017) - A northern California shop owner reflects on the challenges of recruiting and building a strong team. By Rhonda J. Wilson
  • Mack Trucks semi tractor trailer Viewpoints: How Does the Surge in Class 8 Orders Affect Your Shop? (4/10/2017) - The truck market sees promising sales. By Domenic Olmeda
  • The American Trucking Associations visits the White House Trucking Leaders Deliver Policy Message to Trump (3/30/2017) - Truckinginfo.com reports two industry groups discussed health care reform as a major concern. American Trucking Associations members and a contingent of America’s Road Team Captains visited the White House for a conversation about issues affecting the trucking industry, including health care. “Trucking is the backbone of the nation’s economy. We employ one in 16 people in
  • How do you give back to your community? (3/28/2017) - How do you give back to your community?
  • Mercedes-Benz self-driving future bus Mercedes-Benz Unveils Its Self-Driving Future Bus (3/28/2017) - “This movie shows Mercedes-Benz’s design for an autonomous bus, which recently made its first self-driven journey along a 20-kilometer route in the Netherlands. Developed based on technology in the company’s autonomous truck, the Future Bus is able to drive itself along suitable routes, communicate with traffic lights to cross junctions and automatically stop at stations.
  • Intel invests in AI firm Mobileye Intel Enters Autonomous Truck Market (3/22/2017) - Prime Mover Magazine reports Intel will acquire Mobileye, an Israel-based tech firm specializing in autonomous vehicle technology, for $15.3 billion.
  • Volvo SuperTruck Volvo Trucks – Introducing the SuperTruck Concept Vehicle (3/16/2017) - “Following five years of development through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program, Volvo’s SuperTruck concept vehicle demonstrated more than 12 mpg during on-road testing, about twice the fuel efficiency of the average heavy-duty on-highway tractors. Volvo’s SuperTruck combines advanced aerodynamics, vehicle and powertrain technologies to achieve a freight efficiency improvement of 88 percent –
  • How do you diversify your business? (3/9/2017) - How do you diversify your business?
  • Reliable Professional Maintenance with new paint job Manageable Makeover: Exterior Paint Job (3/6/2017) - A Midwest shop uses color psychology to increase its curbside appeal. By Domenic Olmeda
  • Dave and Debbie Jennerjohn at Ultimate Truck Service. Recruiting Game: Pass or Pursue? (3/4/2017) - Should We Replace Our Outgoing Lead Tech with Two or More People? By Debbie Jennerjohn, owner of Ultimate Truck Service in Ridgefield, Washington
  • World record truck stunt World Record Stunt: Giant Truck Jumps Over Speeding Race Car (2/24/2017) - Giant truck jumps over speeding Lotus F1 racing car in sensational world record stunt.
  • Hitachi Dump Trucks Autonomous Haulage Solution (2/22/2017) - “The desire to continuously improve operational efficiencies and safety in the mining industry has driven Hitachi Construction Machinery to embark on developing Autonomous Haulage System to meet and exceed customers’ expectations. The Autonomous Haulage Solution – AHS – marks the Hitachi Group’s combined approach to meet this challenge.”
  • Piggy bank holding spare change. Do’s and Don’ts of Operating a Debt-Free Business (2/22/2017) - Turn the odds in your favor. By Dan Klepper, co-owner of Sawaya Fleet Services in Denver
  • Pizza on desk with notebook and laptop. Lunch and Learn (2/22/2017) - Define and refine your training efforts. By Irvin Bowman, owner of Wayne Truck & Trailer in Sidney, Ohio
  • Today's Heavy Duty Shop Omaha Steaks Gift Card Giveaway Subscription Sweepstakes (2/22/2017) - Today’s Heavy Duty Shop, the industry’s first online publication serving operators of big truck repair businesses, recently announced its first giveaway. It’s a drawing – and it’s de-lish! If you subscribe for free to Today’s Heavy Duty Shop by March 31, your name will be placed in a hat for a chance to win a
  • Autonomous Trucks Successfully Complete Journey Across Europe (2/8/2017) - “The Netherlands started the experiment to find ways to save fuel and lower carbon emissions. Two trucks traveling 160,000 kilometers (100,000 miles) could save €6,000 (approximately $6800 USD).”
  • Komatsu Autonomous Dump Truck (2/5/2017) - “The self-driving truck doesn’t really have a front or back. It can drive in either direction equally well thanks to four-wheel steering, which in turn means a strip mine doesn’t need to allocate space for one of the massive vehicles to turn around after each trip so a driver can see where they’re going. It
  • Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck (2/1/2017) - “The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is based on a unique concept: its drive is by means of electric motors adjacent to the wheel hubs, while the power supply comes from a modular battery pack. This puts the Urban eTruck on a par with conventionally engined trucks when it comes to payload and suitability for everyday use. But
  • The Epic Split Featuring Van Damme (2/1/2017) - “Watch Jean-Claude Van Damme carry out his famous split between two reversing trucks. Never done before, JCVD says it’s the most epic of splits — what do you think? … This live test was set up to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering — a world first technology that makes the new
  • Volvo Truck Stunt (2/1/2017) - “Volvo Trucks continues with original marketing, this time through reality TV with the artist Mapei. During a nine-day road-trip through Europe, she will record a new music video with director Liza Minou Morberg. To help them, they have a Volvo truck filled with props and one of the world’s best drivers. The result can be
  • What’s the best way to recruit qualified techs? (1/17/2017) - What’s the best way to recruit qualified techs?
  • Diesel repair techs at Equipment Experts 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Recruit Qualified Techs (1/1/2017) - How to attract, train and retain the right people. By Cassie Paton
  • Thank you sign. Low-Cost Customer Appreciation Tips (1/1/2017) - Eleven easy ways to express gratitude. By Lauren Arakelian