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  • Want a car insurance bargain?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday March 3, 2014
    Insure.com ’s latest annual study of auto insurance rates pinpoints the most and least expensive vehicles to insure, plus ranks the states for insurance premiums. The average rates found in the study are for a 40-year-old single male driver with a...
  • A walk through a rich history of truck making

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 24, 2014
    Last Friday I traveled to Allentown, Pa., to meet with Mack Trucks’ new president of sales and marketing for North America, Stephen Roy. The meeting took place at the Mack Customer Center . This was my first time to the center, which celebrates...
  • How would your truckers perform in an international truck driving event?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 17, 2014
    Late last month, more than 85,000 truck drivers from around the world participated in the sixth Scania Driver Competitions – an international event that is billed as the world’s largest truck driving and training event. Held in Sodertslje, Sweden...
  • The top causes of most fatal large truck crashes

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 10, 2014
    A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says speeding remains the largest contributing factor in fatal crashes involving drivers of large trucks. The second highest contributing factor is distraction or...
  • What's the next generation of the heavy duty aftermarket industry saying?

    By Erica Schulz - Friday February 7, 2014
    When I was a sophomore in high school, some 15 years ago, I had met with a guidance counselor to discuss my career options after graduating. I wasn't asked what I wanted to be when I "grew up." I was asked: "Do you want to attend a college?"  I was...
  • Fuel economy rules drive alternative fuel vehicles; shops need to be ready

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday February 5, 2014
    If you haven’t investigated repair concerns for electric hybrids and other alternative fuels, the clock is ticking. The market for alternative fuels remains small, but many shops have noticed that traditional maintenance and repair jobs are not...
  • Is that cheese I smell?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 3, 2014
    When it comes to snow- and ice-fighting on roadways, the arsenal typically includes a host of de-icing chemicals and rock salt. Now, there is a new weapon, and cows have a hand in its development. Under a pilot program, Milwaukee, Wis.’ Department of...
  • U.S. will follow Europe in banning R-134a refrigerant

    By Peter Coll - Friday January 31, 2014
    Last week, Europe took yet another step toward the elimination of the R-134a refrigerant from the A/C systems of future vehicles by formally accusing Germany of skirting the European Union (EU) environmental laws. The EU claims that Germany set aside...
  • National R2R agreement recognizes independent shops’ concerns for the time being

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday January 29, 2014
    The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association announced last week that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with auto manufacturer organizations that extends nationwide the essential provisions of the Massachusetts Right to Repair (R2R) law...
  • Showing pride in your people

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 27, 2014
    A while back, I wrote a blog about spotting a rig that had graphics on its trailer showing the importance of its driver. At the time, I didn’t have a camera with me. On a recent road trip to North Carolina I came across another one of these trailers...