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Safety Tip: Dangers of Tailgating

Tailgating is a common form of aggressive driving that markedly increases your chances of being involved in a crash or a confrontation with another driver.

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SmartTruck Names New Regional Sales Director

SmartTruck, a provider of fuel-saving trailer aerodynamics for the trucking industry, announced the appointment of Dean Ford as Regional Sales Director.

Photo courtesy of AT&T Partner Exchange.

AT&T Launches Telematics Solution for Commercial Fleets

AT&T is rolling out a GPS-based fleet, asset and mobile workforce solution designed to help commercial fleets and other business customers track and manage vehicles, high-value assets, and mobile workers.

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference will be returning to Miami, site of the 2015 conference (pictured), and will offer attendees educational content presented by top fleet professionals. Photo: Chris Wolski

Save the Date: 2017 Global Fleet Conference Returns to Miami

When making your travel plans for 2017, make sure to save June 6-8 for the annual Global Fleet Conference, which will be returning to Miami.

Photo courtesy of AAA Foundation.

American Drivers Fail to Secure Their Loads

A new AAA study discovers that during a recent four-year period, 200,000 crashes involving road debris occurred and led to 500 fatalities.

Photo of the 2017 Titan Crew Cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2017 Titan to Retail for $35,975

Nissan's gasoline-powered 2017 1/2-ton Titan will retail for at least $35,975 when it arrives in the fall, Nissan has announced.

Photo of 2017 TItan courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Offers 5-Year, 100K Truck Warranty

Nissan will offer a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited warranty on its line of Titan and Titan XD pickups that follows a similar warranty announced for Nissan's commercial van lineup.

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Fleet Advantage Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Fleet Advantage, a provider of truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management, announced it has expanded the role of Jim Griffin, who will now serve in the capacity of both Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

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Auto Truck Group's Western GM to Retire

Steve Hayes, the Auto Truck Group's western region general manager, will retire on Sept. 2. Hayes finishes a 24-year career at the company and more than 35 years in the truck industry.

Ford Receives $6M Fuel Cell Grant

Ford Motor Co. has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has announced.

Photo courtesy of Chelan County.

Wash. County Utility Considers Renewable Diesel

The Chelan County (Wash.) Public Utility District is considering making the switch to renewable biodiesel to fuel its fleet.

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Morgan Plans to Build Midwest Truck Body Plant

Medium-duty truck body manufacturer Morgan Corporation has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest.

SDG&E Uses Skycrane to Support Fire Fighting

SDG&E and the County of San Diego renewed their joint contract that will ensure the Skycrane will be available through 2022 for regional fire suppression.

 The delegates included 15 representatives of SGCC and one official from the U.S. Embassy in China. (Photo courtesy of Terex)

Terex Hosts U.S., Chinese Electric Company Training

Delegates from the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) recently visited the United States to participate in a two-week training program sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Truck and Van News: Ford Super Duty Ships Out, Sprinter Worker Lineup Expanded

Among the top news of the past few weeks, Ram recalls many of its heavy-duty trucks, Ford began shipping 2017 Super Duty Pickups, and Mercedes-Benz announced additional configurations for its Sprinter Worker Lineup.

Used Truck Market Stable, NADA Guide Says

So far in 2016, auction prices have decreased less than 3% per month compared to nearly 5% per month in the second half of 2015.

Photo of Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Recalled for Power Loss

The recall covers 889 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks in the 2016 model year.

Photo of 2017 F-350 STX courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Appearance Package for 2017 Trucks

Ford will offer the STX appearance package with its 2017 F-150 and Super Duty trucks that will slot between the XL work and XLT mid-level models, Ford has announced.

Power Utilities Taking Advantage of Analytics

Global revenue from utility analytics is expected to grow from $944.8 million in 2016 to $3.6 billion in 2025, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Truckstop.com and CargoNet Partner to Stop Cargo Theft

Transportation management provider Truckstop.com has partnered with CargoNet to help combat cargo theft in the trucking industry.

Photo of 2017 Super Duty truck courtesy of Ford.

Ford Ships 2017 Super Duty Trucks

Ford has begun shipping all configurations of its redesigned 2017 Super Duty trucks that will arrive with higher-strength frames and lighter-weight bodies, a company spokesman has confirmed.

Ford Transit equipped with an XL3 Hybrid system (Photo courtsey of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids Touts Ford Transit MPG Improvement

XL Hybrids announced vehicle testing results that validate a 26% improvement in mpg on the EPA UDDS (Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) drive cycle for Ford Transit vans upfitted with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems.

Ford F-150 Raptor (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Video: Ford F-150 Raptor Showcases Shock Absorbers

F-150 Raptor’s front and rear FOX shocks offer 44% more volume and increase overall suspension travel by approximately 15%.

Images: GHSA

New Report Sounds Wakeup Call on Dangers of Drowsy Driving

A report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association on the “extreme danger posed by tired drivers” includes a new NHTSA estimate that pegs the annual societal cost of fatigue-related fatal and injury crashes at $109 billion— and that does not include property damage.

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Depreciation in Most Segments Improves in July

Used vehicles from the 2011 to 2015 model years depreciated 1.5% in July, a slight improvement over June's 1.7% depreciation rate, reports Black Book.

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