Author: Marina Novak

Consumer Spending Fueling Better Overall Growth

    One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy increased for the second straight month in May, adding to optimism that growth in the second quarter will be better than the slow first quarter pace. According to a new Commerce Department report, consumer spending, which accounts for around two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity, hit market expectations as it increased 0.4% from the month before, following a 1.1% upwardly revised surge in April. Spending in durable goods, those designed to last [...]

How To Save Fuel And Extend Tire Life

    As a vehicle travels down a road, there are a number of factors that contribute to the amount of fuel it will use in getting from Point A to Point B. Tires are just one of many factors. As each tire on a vehicle rolls down the road, it creates a drag force. It is composed of the energy loss created by the deflection of the tire sidewall and the compression and deformation of the tire tread in the footprint [...]

Carrier Installs Internal Electronic Trailer-Locking System

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has announced that it is installing Power In-Lock internal locking systems on its fleet of trailers. The Power In-Lock system is a remotely controlled deadbolt style lock that was developed by Q Products & Services to serve as an additional level of security against cargo thieves. With the new system, KLLM said that it will be able to provide shippers with documented proof that their product was not compromised during transport. Once a lock is activated, [...]

Startup Says it’s Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks. The company, called Otto, has outfitted three cabs with its automated technology and conducted its first extended test on public highways in Nevada last weekend. Heading up the effort is Anthony Levandowski, who left his job working at Google on their self-driving car to found Otto with two other former Google employees, Lior Ron and [...]

It’s A/C system Checkup Time

Stay cool and avoid costly system failures Your A/C system is out-of-sight and typically out-of-mind during most winters until ambient temperatures rise. Don’t be disappointed when you move those controls to the blue or cold setting. Hopefully, the A/C compressor engages and the air streaming from the dash vents feels cold. Unfortunately, the compressor may not be up to the task, may not engage at all, or may deliver less than stellar results. To add insult to injury, an under-performing compressor [...]

(CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016.

CVSA's 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections. International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. During the annual [...]