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Eco Flaps Partners with Wabash National Van Trailers

Posted on 5/1/2017 by Sommer Stein in Eco Flaps mud flaps

Eco Flaps aerodynamic splash guards have been named a preferred provider of aerodynamic mud flaps by Wabash National for its commercial dry and refrigerated van trailers. Eco Flaps offers fleets an unmatched product specifically designed for durability, safety and fuel efficiency.

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2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over

Posted on 1/25/2017 by

The freight recession is over. That 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Energy exploration and fracking petered out, and the accompanying freight dried up. Fuel prices dropped, and carrier revenues fell due to the declining fuel surcharges. To add insult to injury, line haul rates fell, too, in a cycle of year-over-year declines that lasted through the middle of 2016.

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Keep Running with the Best Winterized Blend

Posted on 12/29/2016 by in TA/Petro TA Truck Service

You asked for it and they listened! By popular demand, TA and Petro is back with its annual winter diesel additive program to help ensure your commercial vehicles stay running all winter long, even in the extreme conditions characteristic of the winter season. Don't find yourself stuck on the side of the road in the cold. Prevent breakdowns by visiting one of your favorite participating TA and Petro Stopping Centers® and see why drivers are so excited for the return of this winter blend.

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Office360°: Bringing the Savings and Service Back into the Office

Posted on 12/22/2016 by in Office Solutions

Less than a year ago, Office360° joined the FTS Plus+ savings team and offered a new way to save on all your office, breakroom, and janitorial products. Since the introduction of their program, they have proven to be a crowd pleaser. With a user-friendly website designed to help guide you to the best-value items at low, competitive prices, our members have been enjoying incredible savings, access to 45,000+ products, free next-day shipping, and more. Here are what a few of members have to say…

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The Full-Service Advantage at TA and Petro

Posted on 12/22/2016 by in fuel tires maintenance TA/Petro TA Truck Service

New HOS regulations are cutting into the operating efficiency of fleets everywhere. That’s why TA and Petro’s full-service advantage leads to better optimization of a fleet’s business. Your drivers can get fuel, get fed, and even get maintenance all in one stop. Better yet, FTS Plus+ offers a full suite of savings with TA and Petro.

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An Old-School Driver Tries an ELD

Posted on 12/21/2016 by in Industry News

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in sight, there’s still a lot of resistance from drivers. Still, many companies have started to install the devices, introducing them into their fleets slowly to spread out the cost, learn what they will mean to the way they operate, and get drivers accustomed to working with ELDs. Overdrive magazine recently ran a 7-part series by a veteran driver (pseudonym Wes Memphis) who was chosen by his company to make the transition from paper to electronic logs. His week-by-week assessment offers valuable information to fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers about what they can expect.

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Preparing Your Truck for Winter

Posted on 12/1/2016 by in tires

Leaves are falling, there's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter. That means it's time for winterizing your truck. Preparing your truck for colder weather can help you keep costs down and improve safety all winter long. Follow these simple tips to get your truck ready.

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You Might Have a Mud Flap Problem...

Posted on 11/30/2016 by in maintenance

Thousands of commercial vehicles make their way across the nation's highways every day, but not all of them run with the same equipment. One piece of equipment that you probably don't think much about is your mud flaps, but it's one that shouldn't be overlooked. The right flaps can extend the life of your truck, save on fuel expenses, and directly affect your driving experience.

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4 Ways to Save Money on Tires

Posted on 10/26/2016 by in tires

Tire failures represent 25% of all breakdowns for over-the-road trucking. That leads to messed-up delivery schedules and the loss of driving hours, plus the safety concern for the driver stranded on the side of the interstate.

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Driver Detention: Issues in the Trucking Industry

Posted on 9/29/2016 by in Industry News

Not only are detention fees pricey on their own, the extra time drivers spend waiting around adds up to be a huge cost to them personally. In a survey conducted by DAT, 54% of the 257 carriers and owner-operators revealed they wait an average of 3 to 4 hours every time to get loaded or unloaded. What is causing these excessive detention times and how are they effecting drivers?

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