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  • Hang up and drive

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 22, 2012
      I don’t like to date myself, but I can remember a time when there were no mobile phones. If you needed to make a phone call while driving, you had to get off the road, find a phone and make a call. Back then, “texting” was nonexistent...
  • Fleet Maintenance Magazine subscribers know their stuff

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 15, 2012
    In the article, General air spring maintenance tips for heavy duty trucks and trailers , that appeared in the August issue, it stated: “Air suspension systems require a minimal amount of maintenance that can be performed during other routine...
  • One-of-a-kind Goodyear truck

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 8, 2012
      There was an awful lot to see and do at the 2012 IAA Commercial Vehicle show, held this past September 20 to 27 in Hanover, Germany. Not that I’d know firsthand as I didn’t get to go. However, it is the world’s most important trade fair for...
  • The Historic Highway Convoy 2012

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 1, 2012
      Many of you are probably familiar with the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS). Incorporated in 1971, the ATHS is a not-for-profit charitable organization formed to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. The...
  • Massachusetts Right To Repair law: How sure are (or aren’t) we?

    By Elliot Maras - Thursday September 27, 2012
    The recent signing of the Massachusetts Right to Repair bill marks the first victory for “right to repair” legislation. It may be the first step towards a federal law requiring car makers to make diagnostic and repair information available to...
  • Are we in the age of Autologic?

    By Craig Truglia - Wednesday September 26, 2012
    One of the best things about owning a repair shop in a training facility is that I get to play around with many tools, including the one and only, Autologic. The Autologic is to scan tools as the Bugatti is to automobiles. It is probably my personal...
  • What is your definition of an underinflated tire?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday September 24, 2012
      The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program for commercial trucks and buses from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created a lot of confusion for the trucking industry when it comes to...
  • Are you joining in the celebration?

    By David A. Kolman - Sunday September 16, 2012
      This is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 16 to 22). Created in 1995, it is an annual designated time which brings public attention to the difficult job truckers do - professionally and safely, while managing to balance the...
  • The main event for commercial vehicle technicians

    By David A. Kolman - Monday September 10, 2012
      I’ll be in Pittsburgh, PA, this week, attending the Technology & Maintenance Council’s TMCSuperTech - the National Technician Skills Competition. The annual event is specifically designed as a venue for commercial vehicle technicians to exhibit...
  • Stop the mobile madness

    By David A. Kolman - Wednesday September 5, 2012
      I read somewhere recently that some 91 percent of Americans use mobile phones. That’s astounding but understandable, as mobile phones help us connected and safe. What concerns me is that with all the functionality of these easy-to-use phones...