Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Car Transporters Ordering New Kenworth T700s

Nations Transport is building in the desire in America to put more fuel-efficient, aerodynamic car transports on the streets and highways of the United States of America in the years ahead in the century of the environment. The latest sources indicate that the Kenworth T700 is being ordered in greater numbers than first anticipated and this demand is expected to keep going up as the economy continues to strengthen and more American car hauling firms invest in new automobile transport vehicles to reduce the carbon wheel-print of their auto shipping services.

Sources indicate that the assembly lines at the Kirkland, Washington Kenworth Truck Company manufacturing plant in Chillicothe, Ohio have been producing new Kenworth T700 trucks at a feverish pace in order to keep up with current demand for this truck. Orders have apparently been coming in from professionals in the business of shipping cars to destination in the United States of America and the transport industry in general. Great news for the American transport industry and professionals in the business of car shipping and one that could definitely indicate an increase in the demand for auto transportation services in the United States.

The Kenworth T700 has been getting some pretty good reviews from the professionals that drive them, so far, and it appears the news is out and car transporters have heard what other transport professionals are saying about the Kenworth T700. Kenworth claims that the Kenworth T700 has the lowest aerodynamic drag of any Kenworth truck ever built and it has certainly earned the approval and certification of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program. The Kenworth T700 also comes with a spacious wide-cab and 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper with soaring 8-foot cathedral ceiling, forward lighting and excellent serviceability, according to the professionals that have driven one.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

To the Midland Truck Care Center

Car shipping professionals conducting car shipping services on the streets and highways of the United States that find they need a little help while out on the roads of America now have a new place in Midland, Texas to stop for a little tender loving care for their automobile transport the next time they find themselves in need. The new Midland Center will provide new tires, retreads, light mechanical services, preventive maintenance and roadside assistance that could come in handy for car transporters on the roads of Texas that need a little help. The new Midland Center is located at 10213 West Country Road 127 on Interstate 20, exit 126, and Farm to Market Road 1788. A possible service center for professionals in the business of shipping cars in America using the nearly I-20 and FM 1788 junction, which has been growing in importance for car hauling professionals in West Texas.

According to Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems the Midland Center is the company's 33rd on-highway Truck Care Center nationwide and that this new center is just another step in Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems efforts to help transport fleets reduce tire and maintenance operating costs with more locations throughout the United States of America. Still, this new Wingfoot on-highway Truck Care Center is going to be a godsend for any car movers that need a little help for their transport vehicle while out on the roads of Texas and it's bound to save auto transport firms money somewhere down the road.

Stop by and check out the new Wingfoot on-highway Truck Care Center and see what you think and say hello. You never know when you might need the help of the professionals in this new truck center and when you do you want to know exactly where to go and who to talk to. It could be the start of a beautiful relationship that down the road saves you time and money and this is an equation that any professionals in the business of transporting cars can relate to.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Car Transport Drivers Rejoice!

Car transport drivers conducting auto shipping services on the streets and highways of the United States of America that drive a car hauling Peterbilt or Kenworth transport vehicle with ArvinMeritor axles, braking systems, and other drivetrain components will be glad to hear that five ArvinMeritor manufacturing facilities have been given awards for Paccar's 2009 Quality Achievement. Apparently, these five awards recognize Paccar suppliers with a defect rate of 50 parts per million or less during the 2009 calendar year. The five ArvinMeritor facilities that were given these awards are the Forest City, N.C.; Franklin, Kentucky; Cienega de Flores, Mexico; Escobedo, Mexico;and Lindesberg, Sweden manufacturing facilities.

This is a real feather in the hat for ArvinMeritor and should give American car transporters driving Peterbilt and Kenworth transports implementing ArvinMeritor parts confidence that their transport has some of the best designed and manufactured parts for large transports in the world. It should also give customers confidence that the heavy-duty car hauling transports implemented by the car movers they hire are safe and efficient transports designed to get their car to destination in an efficient and reliable manner. This news is going to give the workers in the five manufacturing facilities given these quality awards a good feeling and the belief that their jobs are secure and in the years ahead we expect to hear similar news about ArvinMeritor manufacturing facilities around the world receiving quality awards for outstanding work and the manufacture of quality parts for commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers for the transportation industry of the United States of America.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Car Transporters & Backup Emergency Plans

Car transporters conducting auto transport on the roads of the United States of America were doing fuel management of a type in their heads for years before the arrival of modern fuel management programs. Today research indicates that only a small percentage of both small and large car hauling firms are using comprehensive fuel management programs in order to help them manage the fuel needs of their fleet of car transport vehicles. The future of fuel management on the other hand appears to be opening before the business of shipping cars to destination in the United States and the parameters that will be included in such programs in a few years is certainly going to expand and new ways of thinking about fleet fuel management and programs that help firms in this area of business are going to increase in complexity and usefulness.

The job that fuel management program are tasked with is a complex one that requires study and analysis in order to attempt to predict Mother Nature and the changing environment. This isn't necessarily limited to snowy or rainy weather, but the crazy things that can happen in this unpredictable world, like hurricanes, mudslides, heavy tropical storms, tornados, power disruptions, floods, frozen rivers, and other environmental problems. It could be key for your car movers to have an emergency fuel management backup plan, for emergencies like the recent river flooding in Nashville, in which transport vehicles were stuck in 5 feet of water. It might seem to some auto transport professionals that such situations are unpredictable and that it would be impossible to make a backup plan for such a situation, and that sometimes no matter how hard you plan things just don't work out. A backup plan that does work in these situations is going to save a firm time, money and frustration and keep their customers happy, when other firms might not be able to promise the same thing, though, and creating one for such situations is still a good idea.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Car Haulers Inflate Your Truck Tires

Auto shipping service firms in the United States of America looking for another way to improve the fuel economy of their car hauling vehicles will want to check out the latest news from Pressure Systems International. Pressure Systems International announced recently that they had added new green Thru-T and green striped delivery hoses to its Meritor Tire Inflation Systems, in order to provide customers with the environmental benefits of Thru-T and green striped delivery hoses. The Meritor Tire Inflation System can apparently improve fuel economy by up to 1.8 percent, according to Pressure Systems International, and a US government study conducted by Standards Testing Laboratory in Massillon, Ohio, by helping to keep the tires properly inflated at all times, which has been shown to have environmental and cost benefits for car transporters.

A 1.8 percent increase in fuel economy might seem like a small increase in fuel savings, but over hundreds of thousands of miles on the roads of America, this small increase in fuel economy will show its benefits for car movers, and there are other benefits of keeping your tires properly inflated at all times as well. Pressure Systems International says the Meritor Tire Inflation System will prevent rubber alligators on the road, leaving reusable casing on the tires for better retreading down the road. In addition to reducing roadside service calls, increasing the life expectancy of the tire and ultimately avoiding costly delays in car transport.

Standards Testing Laboratory's study apparently also indicated that tire rolling resistance increases on average by 12 percent when a truck tires air pressure was run as low as 70 psi and that under inflated truck tires that are used for any period of time will start to show the diminished efficiency associated with under inflated tires and the negative impact on fuel efficiency and life expectancy.

Making sure truck tires are inflated to the proper pressure apparently has important benefits for professionals in the business of shipping cars on the roads of the United States. Any improvement in fuel economy is going to help and it might be prudent to check out the possible fuel economy savings that could be provided by just making sure truck tires as properly inflated at all times.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Car Transport in Ports of LA and Long Beach

Car transport services in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will return to normal today as it was announced that striking clerical workers at these two United States ports will go back to work, for now. The Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbour Employers' Association announced late Sunday that workers for the local Office of Clerical Unit (OCU) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had ceased picketing. According to sources the Office of Clerical Unit gave no reason for the sudden ceasing of picketing that according to some professionals was disrupting automobile transport services in the ports and threatened to totally stop all car shipping in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Apparently this good news has the ports a little wary though and they're are viewing this latest move by the OCU with a grain of salt or two, according to some observers.

This is certainly good news for car transporters in the United States of America that need to use the auto shipping services provided by these two vital US ports. The OCU has twice been condemned by an Area Artibrator who ruled that the OCU is bargaining in bad faith and hopefully this means that the union is double-thinking their situation and the strike and we'll see services in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles return to normal. It would be nice to see the two parties in this dispute find common ground upon which to stand upon and come to an agreement that would see the clerical workers stay on the job and be happy at the same time. This would be the best news for car movers that use the services of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to hear in the days ahead in the century of the environment.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rank & Rate Car Transport Drivers

Automobile transport companies of the United States of America that are looking for a way to rate and rank the drivers they use to conduct auto shipping services and identify driver speed-limit violations will soon have a new product to help them do the job. Shaw Tracking announced the other day that it had entered into a strategic alliance and patent licence agreement with SpeedGauge that will provide car transport firms in the United States with the ability to track their drivers and any speed violations they might have and rate them in a useful way that will help American auto transport firms provide better car shipping services in the years ahead in the century of the environment.

Monitoring and managing the speed of transport vehicles is going to be an essential element of any safety and compliance program implemented by auto transportation firms as they prepare for the full implementation of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010. SpeedGauge can help firms to identify drivers that habitually drive at excessive speeds on different types of roads using street-level speed-limit analysis by GPS (location and speed data). It also helps firms rank drivers tendencies to exceed higher speed limits while comparing them to the average for the entire fleet. The most important feature included with SpeedGauge could be the ability to measure any changes in driver behaviour over time, which could help firms help drivers change their behaviours, before they become a safety hazard.

This is great news for car movers that want to correct some of the driving behaviours they might have developed over time and not realised it. It's also great news for professionals in the business of shipping cars to destination in the United States that were worrying about the upcoming implementation of CSA 2010 and wanted to find a new tool to help them cope.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Natural Gas Fueled Volvo Car Transport

Owner operators conducting car hauling duties for an American car transporter driving a Volvo heavy-duty commercial truck will be happy to hear that Westport Innovations and Volvo Powertrain have apparently signed a new deal to work together on the development of biogas and natural gas-fueled engines for a new generation of Volvo trucks. Great news for American car movers who were thinking about purchasing a new Volvo truck to help them provide outstanding car shipping services in the future and possibly reduce the carbon wheel-print of the vehicle transportation services they provide at the same time. News that certainly could lead to a new generation of clean, low-emission engines for the Volvo trucks of the future in the century of the environment.

The particulars on the products and markets the natural gas-fueled engines and engine products this partnership creates in the years ahead haven't been released at this point. This agreement will apparently see Westport Innovations and Volvo Powertrain agree on the need to develop alternatve fuel engines for commercial vehicles on the roads in the United States and share the risks involved with the development. Westport Innovations and Volvo Powertrain will both financially gain by this arrangement with each truck the partnership sells that includes their products and we can probably expect the partnership to continue to grow in time with the success of the partnerships products. The partnership between Volvo Powertrain and Westport Innovations started back in November of 2009 and began with Westport Innovations being named as a Tier 1 Development Supplier for Volvo's heavy-duty natural gas engines and associated supply chain, according to sources in the transport industry.

Plans call for the partnership to develop a natural gas-fueled engine suitable for automobile transport services that will meet present and future emission requirements that will be marketed on a timeline that both parties have agreed to. Any particulars on the timeline and when the auto transport industry of the United States of America can expect to see a new generation of clean, low-emission engines is unavailable at this time.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Car Transporters Had a Great Time!

Car transporters that showed up to take a look at the 175 exhibits at the 31st annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa on July 8 and 9 had a great time according to car transport professionals on hand. This was the young auto transport professionals chance to take a look at the happenings at the world's largest truckstop during a two-day event and help celebrate the transport industry along with thousands of transport professionals and trucking enthusiasts. Events that are sure to be dear to the car shipping professional are the Super Truck Beauty Contest featuring 56 of the best looking transport trucks in the business. The truck lover will fall in love when they walk through the antique truck display on hand with over 200 trucks that will take you back to a better time and the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum that has been entertaining the trucking enthusiast for years.

Tens of thousands of truckers and their families were on hand for the fun that included an Iowa pork chop cookout that melted in your mouth, Trucker Olympics that featured transport professionals doing a few things with a heavy-duty truck that will amaze and astound you, a few carnival games to keep the kids and wife entertained while you check out the trucks, a concert by country superstar Tracy Lawrence and a fireworks display that had the kids jumping. This was the transport industries chance to celebrate truckers and the business of driving a heavy-duty transport and reports indicate that truckers showed up to continue a trucking party that first started back in 1979. Americans were also on hand to thank the transport industry for making sure the goods they need always make it to destination in an efficient and reliable manner on a daily basis and the transport industry's pride at the job they do was in full bloom for all to see.

If you missed the 31st annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, you missed a party that won't be forgotten soon, but the great news is they plan on continuing the party next year at the same spot, so you can make plans to show up. Next year the party should even be better, so we'll look forward to seeing you at the party next year, having a great time.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Car Transport Group Invests in New Mack Trucks

Car transport professionals taking car parts to auto assembly plants and parts distribution centres in the United States of America for Chrysler Group Transport will apparently be driving new rigs by the end of November. Sources around the auto shipping industry report that Chrysler Group Transport has put in a huge order with Mack Trucks for 325 Mack Pinnacle day cabs that will use Mack MP-series engines implementing ClearTech selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Professionals around the vehicle transportation industry indicate that the Mack trucks ordered should save Chrysler Group Transport money down the road as they use less fuel in order to move the cars to destination and almost emit zero emissions. In addition, some think these Mack trucks even require less maintenance in order to keep them conducting car shipping duties, when compared to similar heavy-duty transport trucks, which according to many might enable the company to save more money as they travel down the road into the century of the environment?

Chrysler Group Transport has apparently decided to replace its auto transport fleet and this investment in new Mack trucks is certainly going to allow the firm to continue to provide customers with transport services in the days ahead. They must be looking forward to getting their new transports on the road and taking auto parts to the required destinations around the United States. Hopefully, they're able to keep their plans to have these new Mack trucks on the roads of America by November, which according to some in the automobile transport industry could be a little optimistic. If they're able to get the job done though there will certainly be some happy transport drivers working for Chrysler Group Transport that will have a skip in their step and smile on their face when they come to work. They'll have some learning to do on the job, but this can actually be fun, depending on your attitude.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Car Transport & Anti-Idling Regulations

Car transport firms conducting car hauling duties for customers in America that have been getting periodic reminders from the American Trucking Association about the idling regulations in the various jurisdictions of the United States probably won't be surprised by the news that the ATA has joined the fight to promote idling reduction in the auto shipping industry of the United States. The American Trucking Association recently announced that it had decided to put its support behind the Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign headed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), which has been working hand-in-hand with the District Department of the Environment, District Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of the Environment on getting the 2010 campaign started.

What are the official aims of the 2010 Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign of the COG? The campaign is aimed at getting car movers to turn off their engines when the engine isn't required, which of course will avoid fines in the days ahead and cut fuel costs for transport vehicles. This the partners in this campaign feel is going to improve overall public health in the areas in question and protect the environment for future generations and hopefully align the campaign with the goals of the ATA's Sustainability Initiative.

The 2010 Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign is set to start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's headquarters located near Union Station. Car transporters that want to check this event out, should stop by and lend their support or show up and talk to other transport professionals about the campaign and the current conditions in the transport industry of the United States of America. This should give you a chance to check out the ATA's six-sided anti-idling campaign started in 2008, if you haven't already done so, and see what else they have planned for the future, as well.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Car Hauling & Sleep Apnea

Car transporters on the roads of the United States deal with all kinds of elements during trips that can cause them to loose valuable sleep and slowly build up a sleep debt that can cause deadly fatigue to set in and become a problem that can increase the chances of an accident for car hauling professionals that have to deal with these elements.

Everything from irregular pick-up and delivery schedules, to unrealistic broker and shipper demands, and even things like background noise keeping them awake at the truck stops where they attempt to get a few hours of sleep often for many automobile transport drivers keeps them from getting the hours of rest they need to maintain a consistent level of safety while conducting auto transport activities on the highways of the United States. In addition, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association indicated during a recent conference on sleep apnea in the transport industry in Baltimore, Maryland on May 11-12 that other elements often arise that keep drivers from getting the sleep they need. That things like the lack of safe parking spaces, anti-idling regulations in some regions of the United States, and even troublesome working girls knocking on the doors of car tranports at all hours of the night often prevent drivers from sleeping. That these elements were never taken into account with the Hours-of-Service rules in place and that changes need to be made to take these elements into consideration.

It appears that maybe the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration should maybe sit down and have a serious talk with the professionals driving the transport vehicles on the roads of America about some of these elements. This is the only way that these elements might be able to be taken into consideration in the Hours-Of-Service rules and any changes that might be useful could be made. The FMCSA has a history of occasionally working with and listening to the concerns of the transport professionals operating on the roads of the United States, so we can probably expect a few changes to be made in the Hours-Of-Service rules in order to try to solve some of these problems in the days ahead in the century of the environment.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Car Transporters Time to Pay UCR Fees

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently established the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) fees that car movers will need to pay. This means interstate owner operators conducting auto shipping duties in the United States will need to make sure they get their Unified Carrier Registration fees for 2010 in by July 15. They were hoping to have finished mailing out renewal notices to car hauling professionals by May 15, which gives automobile transport professionals about 60 days to get their UCR fees into the agency. The 41 states that have signed up for this program apparently started accepting online payments on May 5, so car transporters have had awhile to pay their fees.

If you haven't sent in your UCR fees it might be time to begin putting the wheels in motion, before the sand in the time glass runs out and things really start to get complicated for you. Car transport professionals based out of a state that isn't participating in the UCR fee program should probably contact the branch of the FMCSA in their operating state or if that doesn't work you might try contacting the agency in one of the states that is part of the program to see what they tell you.

The FMCSA completed a reworking of the UCR fee structure in April that changes the fee structure in two ways. First the fee structure is based on an interstate operator's commercial motor vehicle power units only and secondly the fees have been increased to around $76 for the smallest interstate operator to about $76,346 for operators with over a thousand power units. The increases might be in part due to the fact that the total amount collected through UCR fees has fallen short of the expectations of the designers and implementers of the program by almost $30 million for each of the past three years. The fee increase has of course been met with significant criticism during a time when the car shipping industry is already dealing with a rough financial road.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Car Transporters More Aware of Carbon-Wheelprint

The environmental revolution in America is starting to pay more attention to the carbon wheel-print of the car transport industry of the United States. Fleet managers for car hauling firms in America are apparently aware of this fact and have started to pay more attention to the carbon emissions of their vehicle transportation fleets, according to the latest annual fleet managers survey conducted by PHH Arval. This survey apparently shows that car movers in the United States have started measuring the emissions of their operations, compared to about 40 percent in 2009 and about 28 percent in 2008. The designers of this survey wanted to gauge fleet managers views and opinions on environmental issues with this survey and it appears they have succeeded?

What did this latest study indicate fleet managers are doing to help them more accurately measure the companies carbon wheel-print? According to this study 65 percent of the fleet managers that are measuring the carbon emissions of their fleet operations are using fuel data to help them, which is an increase of about 10 percent from last year. They're aren't concentrating on using mpg because this method doesn't account for changes in fleet size or the number of miles the fleet will travel during a specific period of time. They're are looking at driver behaviour behind the wheel as a good way to help reduce carbon emissions of their fleet operations though and the study indicated that about 74 percent of transport firms will be reaching out to drivers this year to see if they can help in this battle to reduce carbon emissions. The most common method that companies have been using is to teach drivers how their driving decisions can significantly impact carbon emissions, with about 56 percent of companies focusing on this task, which is an improvement of about 8 percent from 2009.

There was some concern expressed by those surveyed about the increasing cost of decreasing the carbon wheel-print of their car transport fleets, however, with about 42 percent of those surveyed indicating that they see this as a possible road block in the future. The study did show that overall transport companies are a little reluctant to adopt new or emerging alternative fuels in their operations and would probably prefer to keep using conventional gasoline hybrids, at least for the present time.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Improve Car Transport Fuel Economy

Owner operators helping auto transport firms provide customers with outstanding auto shipping services in the United States looking for another way to improve the fuel economy of their car transport should take a look at the savings provided with new AeroFlex trailer skirts. AeroFlex trailer skirts have been verified by the EPA SmartWay program and is therefore a technology that according to the EPA should help you reduce fuel usage, and fairings are required equipment on the trailers of all car hauling vehicles in California, anyway. Reports from some transport firms that have implemented AeroFlex trailer skirts on their transports indicates that these trailer skirts demonstrated up to a 7.5 percent improvement in fuel economy. The truth of this statement is the question, but if one believes the reviews of transport professionals that have used these trailer skirts the benefits should be significant in this area of the environment we live in.

AeroFlex trailer skirts have been independently tested according to AeroFlex and verified against the SAE/TMC J1321 Type II test procedure and are made of impact-resistant, flexible TPO (thermoplastic olefin) plastic. The manufacturer claims that the flexibility of the construction material used, combined with a 180-degree top hinge design, allows these low-clearance trailer skirts to flex and withstand both side and bottom impacts as you drive down the road. These fairings are heavy at 160 lbs, have been designed to be easy to install and can even be put-on at a 5-degree angle to create the wedge configuration that diverts the airflow better along the truck surface.