Saturday, September 30, 2017

Introduction - Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines

Driver Training for On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engines – Part 1 of 13 in a series of chapters from the Cummins On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engine Driver Training Video Series updated in 2015. This segment is the Introduction to the video series.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Birth of the X12, new Cummins Heavy Duty engine

The next generation of heavy duty engine, X12, is coming. In 2018, Cummins X12 will start powering vehicles of all types, from vocational trucks to regional haul and local delivery. With a revolutionary design, X12 offers 600 pounds of weight savings to maximize your payload and profits.
Let’s take a tour at the Cummins engine plant in Jamestown, New York and see how we build the X12 to meet your needs.

For more information on Cummins X12, visit

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Sailing Into Super Rigs"

Trucks sailing into place earlier this year at the 2017 Shell Rotella Super Rigs show.

©Copyright Big Rig Videos, LLC. / Produced By: Christopher E. Fiffie

Monday, September 18, 2017

Invention used for towing storage containers

Prescott Valley, AZ - Two Quad-city residents have invented a way to make moving storage containers easier, quicker and more affordable. The trick: turn the container into its own trailer.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Truck Driving for a Living

All across the world there is a need for transportation. Not just individuals who drive themselves and their families to work and school daily, but professionals who transport products and materials across counties and countries for a living. In the United States these truck drivers, or truckers as they are commonly known, keep the country in motion by transporting all kinds of goods such as produce, livestock, fuel, and pretty much everything else to stores and markets. It's not only consumers who need truck drivers though. Businesses also need goods, supplies and equipment shipped. It would not be possible for factories and other businesses to function efficiently if there was not an affordable and effective method for transporting goods from one point to another.

The need for truck drivers is pretty obvious, but what is it like to be a driver? There are three main types of truck drivers, the first being owner operators. Owner operators are full time dedicated professional drivers who own their own truck and either lease their truck with a company to supply transportation to them or work for a number of different companies transporting at their own discretion. The benefits of this type of trucking would be owning your own truck and being able to choose what you transport.

The second type of truck drivers are company drivers. Company truck drivers are employees of a particular trucking company who drive a truck provided to them by the company. These professional drivers do any number of different driving jobs depending on which company they work for and what that company prefers to handle. This type of employment might be well suited to new truck drivers to get them oriented and experienced to the lifestyle of driving before investing in a truck of their own, and for individuals who just aren't sure they want the responsibility that goes along with owning their own truck.

The third type is the independent owner operator. The difference between independent and non-independent owner operators is that the independent operator owns their own authority to transport. It is not uncommon for independents to own a small fleet, anywhere from one to ten trucks. Owning a fleet can substantially boost a driver's income, but it is more to manage. Owning a fleet is like owning a small business and needs to be handled as such.

Regardless of the different type of drivers, transportation jobs offer a wide array of work. There are various categories of trucking to consider when it comes to hauling products. Auto haulers transport vehicles which requires a special trailer and training for the loading and unloading of different types of vehicles. Boat haulers transport anything from ten foot fishing boats to sixty foot yachts. This also requires a special trailer. Dry van drivers transport all kinds of materials across highways in large trailers, the contents of which are generally nonperishable goods. There are dry bulk pneumatic drivers who transport things like sand, salt, and cement. The specialized trailers these drivers use allow them to utilize pressurized air to unload their trucks. Drivers with flatbed trailers usually move large bulky materials like steel pipe and lumber. Local delivery jobs where the goods are delivered and unloaded by the driver at multiple locations are known as "less than load" drivers. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to transportation jobs for truck drivers.

Another major distinction when it comes to drivers is whether they are long-haulers, regional drivers, or team drivers. Long-haulers, also known as interstate drivers and over the road drivers, are truckers who cover thousands of miles and are gone from home for a week or more. Regional drivers work in and around their state and are usually only gone from home for a short time. Team drivers are two people who take turns driving the same truck. This work often appeals to husband and wife drivers.

This also works for people in different states who split up the driving to keep from being away from home for as long. Regardless of the type of driver or truck they are using, from around the town to around the country, you can count on thousands of professional and dedicated truck drivers to keep our goods and economy moving in the right direction!


Bay & Bay Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in Minnesota, provides transportation solutions and provides truck driver jobs in the Midwest and across the US.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Clean Fuel Critical to Engine Performance

Even with the development of cleaner-burning fuels, contaminants are still a major concern when it comes to fuel systems.

Baldwin fuel filters protect sensitive fuel system components, such as injection pumps and injectors, from damaging contaminants, which include:

Water — destroys lubricative properties of your fuel, damaging fuel system components and resulting in fuel flow stoppage at cold temperatures.

Fungus and Bacteria — plug fuel filters, feed on hydrocarbons and spread rapidly in the presence of moisture.

Precipitates (non-combustible materials) — settle out of the fuel causing few problems.

Particulates (black, tar-like contaminants) — plug fuel filters quickly.

Wax — adds energy to diesel fuel; however, during cold weather, wax thickens and gels – slowing or stopping fuel flow.

The use of a fuel filter designed for your equipment will reduce your engine’s exposure to these contaminants.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma's likely path will take it along Florida's southern tip. Graphic: National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Similar to a declaration made for Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has temporarily suspended several trucking regulations in the states in and around the expected path of Irma. Carriers and drivers in direct support of relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations. By lifting regulations, FMCSA aims to ease the flow of emergency goods, fuel, and aid to and from the region.

The suspended regulations include those concerned with hours of service, inspection, repair, and maintenance, hazardous materials transportation, driving, parking, and other health and safety standards.

States covered by the Irma temporary suspension currently include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FMCSA has also set up page with all the latest transportation updates related to Hurricane Irma.

The same suspension of regulations was declared for 26 states during Hurricane Harvey and it is still in effect. FMCSA’s Hurricane Harvey page is available here.

On Sept. 5, President Trump declared an emergency in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Florida Governor Rick Scott also declared an emergency in the state and ordered the Florida National Guard to report for duty.

Irma is expected to make landfall on the southern tip of Florida. Mandatory evacuations began in Key West and more mandatory evacuations are likely as the storm nears. To help keep traffic moving, Gov. Scott suspended all tolls in the state for the duration of the storm’s impact on Florida.

Rated a Category 5 Hurricane, with sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour and considerable size, Irma is currently the strongest storm ever seen in the Atlantic basin. While it is still a few days away from hitting Florida, current models show a likely landfall of either late Saturday or early Sunday, hitting Southern Florida before possibly moving up the East Coast.

While Hurricane Harvey was known mostly for the incredible deluge of up to 50 inches of rain it brought down in some parts, Hurricane Irma is likely to be defined by its destructive winds and size, as it is only projected to produce 15 inches of rain at most.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Severe Duty Upfit Choices

When it comes to upfit, it's all about options. Watch from our Work Truck Show booth as we explain how we make choice a priority for our customers to ensure a perfect upfit, every time.