Jim Romeo

Business, Technology, Equipment

How Smart Tire Technology Is Changing Fleet Management

SMAR-te Tire Pilot SAF-Holland has introduced SMAR-te Tire Pilot, which automatically adjusts tire pressure based on the trailer axle load. (SAF-Holland)

Bob Herr can’t do it alone. Neither can the 85 drivers and the 90-vehicle fleet he manages at food service distributor Feesers Inc. For Herr and other fleet managers, intelligent tires are helping to prevent those costly and time-consuming tire failures.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Effective Cab Ergonomics Has Key Role in Driver Productivity, Safety and Health, Industry Experts Say

Driver behind wheel Effective cab design boosts driver comfort and performance, helps prevent injuries and reduces driver fatigue, industry experts say. (Ryder System Inc.)

Manufacturers that supply over-the-road trucks, as well as those who operate them, have something to say about their trucks’ cab design. And ergonomics plays a critical role to help enable drivers to perform efficiently.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Business, Equipment

The Low-Rolling-Resistance Trade-Off

Worker with depth gauge As a fuel-efficient tread wears down, the benefit comes from the casing, which must be properly utilized, industry experts say. (Ryder)

The technology behind low-rolling-resistance tires is based on the benefit of reducing the resistance that’s caused by tires rolling on the surface of a roadway. Reducing this resistance means that the truck requires less energy and fuel, and as a result, runs more efficiently, industry experts said.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Lighting the Way

Volvo Trucks image showing LED headlights L:ED headlights are expected to be increasingly common on trucks in the years ahead. (Volvo Trucks)

Today’s fleets are increasingly shifting toward LED headlights, not only for truck drivers’ safety but also to improve maintenance and the overall operation of the truck, industry experts said.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
March 9, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truckers Benefit From Weather Forecasting Technology

Truck in snow TT File Photo

Increasingly sophisticated weather forecasting applications are helping fleets and drivers navigate around adverse weather conditions that could pose safety risks or delay the movement of freight.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
September 18, 2017