There is a lot you may not know about your commuting companions, truckers, or the trucks they traverse the country in, so we feel it’s our duty to educate you! Trust us, they’re anything but boring. From scenic cross-country rides to the specs that make their engines roar, it’s no surprise this industry has a high career satisfaction rate and is expected to grow by 21% in the next ten years.

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  1. This is not just a ‘man’s job’! There are over 200,000 women who drive long haul trucks in the US today and that number is increasing.

  2. Due to great improvements in emissions, it would take over 60 clean diesel trucks to equal the amount of exhaust emissions produced by a single truck from 1988.

  3. The trucking industry loves small businesses! 90% of the trucking industry is built up by small trucking companies with only 10 or even less trucks.

  4. Trucking accounts for roughly 70% of all freight transport in the states.

  5. Not only is the industry itself increasing, so is the average wage for truck drivers in the US.

  6. On average, truckers log 105,000 miles each year.

  7. One of every fourteen jobs in the US is created or touched by the trucking industry.

  8. If every truck in use in the US were to be lined up, you’d reach the moon!

  9. Average cars can travel about 200,000 miles before reaching their time of retirement, but not trucks! Trucks can travel more than a million miles before it’s time to lay them to rest.

  10. Trucks need about 40% more stops along the road than cars do.

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The trucking industry is a vital, vibrant part of the fabric of the United States. It is no exaggeration to say that they are the backbone of the economy. Without them goods wouldn’t be shipped, imports wouldn’t reach distant cities or states and entire industries would fail. Trucks and the drivers who run them deserve every ounce of credit you can think of, and our hat is off to them!

Not everyone has a career in driving, of course, but most people that have a career also drive. How do truckers stand apart in a word where almost everyone drives? It’s their understanding of safety! Many of the tricks and tips that truckers have implemented in their driving routine could be adopted by drivers, like yourself, who are simply seeking to travel safely.

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Be Aware of Your Blind Spots

Utilizing the mirrors to your right, left, and above your head allows you to be aware of your surroundings while cruising, but what about those infamous blindspots? A trucker knows the danger of a minute without those being checked, but do you? In a single second, a hybrid can disappear into nothingness in your blind spot. Avoid this by checking your rights and lefts regularly with a small head movement.

 

Avoid Drowsiness while Driving

This tip begins when you hit the pillow. Receiving enough rest each night will prepare you for the road ahead. And in the case that you don’t receive enough Zzz’s to stay focused on the road? Pull over and take a quick catnap. After all, it’s what the safest of truckers would do. Better to be late for something than suffer an accident.

 

Check Weather Reports

Whether you’re commuting to the office or trekking across America, be sure to check road conditions before heading out of your house. Postponing a vacation or taking the day out of the office to work from home will be well worth it in the long run when both you and your car are still in one piece at the end of the day. Truckers know this all too well. Weather can be the difference between an on-time delivery or a late one. Never discount the importance of the weather when you are driving.

 

Leave Room for Error

You may not be stopping a 60,000 lb truck, but the practice of allowing cushion space in front of your vehicle can save you from some serious headaches, especially when traveling at high speeds. And remember to be extra careful around trucks like ours on the road. They can’t stop as quickly as you can and need a lot more room to be safe. Keep that in mind.

 

Exercise Caution in Unique Circumstances

A frosty bridge or work zone provides the circumstances in which you could take a minute to slow down and exercise caution. After all, the consequences of arriving late to your destination definitely outweigh the consequences of not arriving at all.

 

Heed the Dying of the Daylight

When the sun comes down, your alertness must rise also. Driving in the dark hours can be risky business, so taking extra caution during that time is absolutely necessary. Vision can also become blurry when the sun leaves for the night, so don’t feel ashamed of asking your optometrist for a prescription that will allow you to see in 20/20 on the road ahead.

 

Stay alert out there! We will see you at the next rest stop.

We test all of our used trucks by going full speed ahead. And by full speed ahead, we mean full speed in place. How is that possible? Well, we use a custom-made piece of equipment called a Dynamometer from Taylor Dynamometer. With a truck running on the Dyno (as it’s known for short), stats like power, torque, rail speed, and engine temperatures are revealed. This data allows us to run a diagnosis that will keep our trucks, and more importantly our drivers, safe on the long road ahead.

 

The Dyno, ready to roll

 

A Dyno is the custom made piece of equipment we use to test our trucks at Warner Truck Centers. To get a rough idea of what the Dyno does, imagine a treadmill large enough to fit the chassis of a truck that spins with the wheels as they turn. The Dyno wasn’t built to provide trucks with their morning cardio, but to help us whip them into shape. The barrels that the wheels sit on can spin freely or provide resistance to mimic climbs, wind, or rougher roads. They can decrease resistance to mimic descents. These variations allow for a variety of engine conditions to be tested, thereby exposing any and all issues they truck may be hiding. Every used truck that drives through our doors is tested on our Dyno, something that is pretty unique to Warner Truck Centers. This way, we can guarantee the quality of the truck before you set out on the open road.

The Dyno we are using at Warner Truck Centers is a custom made TD-24 Chassis Dynamometer and we have been using it since it was installed in 2012. With a weight capacity of 30,000 pounds per axle and an awesome 1,110 horsepower at 35 mph, it is an impressive machine to say the least. In fact, the maximum speed the Dyno can reach is 90 mph! But it’s more than just raw mechanical power. All that horsepower has to be slowed down too, and that is where the water brake comes in. The water brake provides resistance to the engine of the Dyno and helps slow down the system without straining it. And then there is the digital side to all of this: the Dyno provides detailed, complex data readouts that tell our specially trained technicians exactly what is wrong and where in the truck so we can fix it.

 

   

The data center allows us to get an accurate diagnosis and fix it

 

A prime example of the type of testing we do mimics a local trucking legend. All drivers in the West know of the infamous Parley’s Canyon; on a snowy day, a ride up or down I-80 near Salt Lake City can be a trucker’s worst nightmare. The last thing you want when you are depending on your truck to run in tip top shape is a mechanical problem or failure. Fortunately, our Dyno can simulate the conditions that make this ride so dangerous and therefore diagnose the problem before it becomes a real danger to the driver and those are it.    

This kind of equipment isn’t found in just any truck or manufacturing shop. It’s heavy duty, loud, hot and complex and requires dedicated professionals to keep it running. Most important of all, those professionals have to find and fix the issues the Dyno finds. It’s a time and labor intensive process, but ultimately it allows us to better serve you with a superior product we can take pride in. In fact, every single used truck we sell goes through a rigorous testing session on the Dyno to ensure its quality and performance.  It’s just one more reason to love Warner Truck Centers. We go the extra mile so you can too.

The gorgeous Freightliner Cascadia

 

One of our favorite trucks we’ve ever come across is the beautiful, powerful and multifaceted Freightliner Cascadia in 2013. With a bevy of different amenities to choose from, they provide some of the most versatile options you could ask for, all without compromising that trusted Freightliner reliability. It was tough to narrow down, but here are our top 5 favorite facts about the 2013 Freightliner Cascadia! Let us know if you think we missed any!

 

1. Detroit Power

Our Freightliner Cascadias are powered by the tough, reliable and fuel-efficient Detroit DD15 engine. It’s a classic powerplant for a reason. With features like the BlueTec® SCR emissions technology and 90% peak torque in just 1.5 seconds, the DD15 leaves you wanting for nothing when on the road in your Freightliner Cascadia.

 

2. The cab of the Cascadia Freightliner is endorsed with insulation, for a quiet ride

Curved walls and noise-dampening insulation keeps this cab quiet enough for conversations with your favorite driving partner. Not only does a quiet cab lead to improved conversation, but more importantly, studies have shown that a loud cab affects a driver’s onboard sleep. Without those precious hours of shut eye, reactions on the road can slow. A little less sound goes a long way for the safety and happiness of any trucker in the Cascadia.

 

  

3. Features a mighty ventilation system for comfort on the road

Since 2007 when the first Cascadia Freightliner was built, the Cascadia’s HVAC system has been completely modernized. This model features a large condenser to lower the system pressure and prolong the life of components, so truckers can be more comfortable on the road.

 

4. Options, options options

Nothing cools you down or keeps you alert on the road quite like a chilled Coke, and with the available area for a fridge in the 2013 Cascadia, you can always have one ready. There is room for a mini fridge, microwave or even a TV if you want. Customize the cab just the way you need it to be well rested and back on the road.  Just one more reason to love a Freightliner.

 

5. ESPAR Heating

The ESPAR is a handy heating device for the entire can meaning you can turn the engine off overnight, save gas, and still stay warm and comfortable while sleeping. The come in all of our 2013 Cascadias and they are a total life (and gas) saver. Save money and stay warm, what’s not to love?

 

The ultra comfortable sleeper section 

Do you have a favorite feature or Freightliner model? We’d love to hear about it!

Great fuel efficiency is the goal of every truck driver and fleet manager.  While there are some things beyond your control, there are certainly a lot of things that you can do to ensure that you get the most out of every tank of gas, which translates to cost savings. There are factors that can impact the fuel efficiency of trucks that are within your control. We’ve listed three things that can influence about 70 percent of your total fuel efficiency:

1. Driver Behavior

Perhaps the most important factor impacting fuel economy is the behavior of your drivers. Since fuel is often one of the largest costs for fleet managers, understanding how drivers can improve fuel efficiency, and training them properly, can make a big difference in your bottom line. Good driving habits include:

  • Keeping RPMs at a minimal level
  • Anticipating and avoiding traffic
  • Maintaining a more constant speed and reducing stops
  • Driving the speed limit (this is good for safety as well)
  • Reducing idling time
  • Staying in the top gear whenever possible

When good driver behavior isn’t quite enough for fuel cost reduction due to road conditions or other uncontrollable factors, having the right technology and the right trucks can bridge the gap and help you realize cost savings. For example, with a Detroit engine, you can even get some of the same benefits of high-speed driving—such as reduced friction and wear and tear on the engine—when driving at lower speeds.

2. Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance is also an important factor in improving the fuel efficiency of your fleet. To keep your fuel efficiency high:

  • Check tire inflation regularly. Tires that are underinflated by even 10psi have been shown to reduce fuel efficiency by 1 percent. Multiplied across thousands of miles, this can add up to significant fuel costs.
  • Align your axles. Any type of axle that gets out of alignment can reduce fuel economy and can also cause irregular wear on the tires.
  • Check your lubricants. Synthetic lubricants help provide your engine with what it needs to run efficiently and keep the engine at a stable temperature no matter the climate.
  • Inspect the air conditioning. For maximum fuel efficiency, you need an air conditioner that is working properly. Check the AC components, such as the compressor, to make sure it’s running efficiently and not requiring your engine to work harder and burn more fuel.

3. Vehicle Aerodynamics

Another place where fleet managers can realize cost savings is in the design of their trucks. More aerodynamic designs can reduce wind resistance—known as drag—on the vehicle. Trucks traveling at high speeds for prolonged periods of time can experience much higher levels of drag, and therefore will benefit the most from aerodynamic designs such as bumper closures, streamlined airflow around the windshield, mirror shapes, rear wheel covers, side extenders, and more.

Find out more about the technology available today that can improve the fuel efficiency of your fleet and boost your bottom line.

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