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With such a truck would be a joy to ride

The fact that the trucker’s work is not easy at all, we already know. Hundred of kilometers, driving during the day, during the night and in every wheather. All of this the trucker have to handle with. And to be sincere, sleeping in a cabin truck is not really a luxury. Volvo is trying to change this fact. They introduced a new model of handler in their offer, from which the driver won‘t want to come out and rest in it will be a balm not only for the body but also for the soul.

New Volvo!

New luxury VNL Volvo tractors have been introduced in America and are the successors of old models that have been on the market since 2002. The company didn‘t concentrate on fleet renewal, so all she did was improve old models to keep pace with time. But this could not work indefinitely. The competition is huge nowadays and Volvo is gradually lagging behind. The only thing the company had to do was to bend and bring new models.

Changes from basics …

And here the car maker really cared. In order to catch up with the competition, she literally dug the whole cabin. The goal was to get to the hard-working truckers the best of comfort, not only during the ride but also during the rest. So here we have a VNL flagship. During the ride it can offer improvements that will improve the driver’s comfort. For example, such a normally pillar management is not at all ordinary, but “miraculous”. It can be set in multiple axes so that everyone can adjust the steering wheel to the position that suits it most.

Comfort on the first place

The steering wheel is equipped with the maximum number of control buttons to keep them for a driver on hand and doesn‘t have to distract while driving by searching for the right button somewhere on the dashboard. If the crew wants to refresh themselves with drinks, they have two beverage holders. These can be moved from side to side. The small object storage was moved directly onto the dashboard. Drivers is more likely to store objects higher and in sight. The instrument panel is complete with a large display to show important information. We can find the basic data on the classic analogue indicators.

And now to the main one. What does the hotel on wheels offers? At the rear of the cabin is everything the truck driver needs for a comfortable rest. Although it may seem like the space is a bit slim, it only seems like that. There are two beds one above the other. On the top bed you can scrape off thanks to the telescopic ladder. Even on the top bed is enough place for a person 186 centimeters high, which can sit there well without  uncomfortable feel under the roof. Just take the cold beer from the fridge, warm up your food in the microwave and enjoy your footbal on the TV directly in the warmth and comfort of the cabin.

A truck that everyone wants

From the comfort of the bed, the driver can control the air conditioning, ventilation and locking of the vehicle thanks to the panel mounted on the wall. Fortunately, there are plenty of USB ports on the walls, and there is an auto-socket. Under the hood is a D13 engine with different power ratings. The most powerful tractor variant will be the Cummins X15 engine with a performance of 572 hp. The only downside is that this fantastic machine isn‘t for Europe. Only the Americans can enjoy the hotel on the wheels. However, this may be changed over time.

5 driver advices, that should be followed by every driver

Eyes on the road, hands on the driving wheel.

Driver should avoid activities which distract his attention and lower his alert during the driving. The most risky is watching into the mobile phone, phoning or texting, eating during the driving, smoking, putting on make-up or turning to the back seats when you want to calm down your child. You can’t forget, that you shouldn’t leave your eyes from the road at all. The situation on the road can be changed in few seconds and you have to be alert to react in the moment. You should also watch your rearview mirror to be aware, what is going on behind your car.

Frequent question is how to hold your wheel. Maybe we will disappoint you, but the good old quote “for 10 minutes 2 hours” doesn’t exist anymore. This rule was created in times when cars didn’t have airbags. The safest way to hold the wheel is in position 9 and 3, with your fingers on the steering wheel circumference not around it. You will avoid unpleasant injuries, such as finger or hand fractures, in case of an airbag deployment.

Watch out for speed and keep distance

Too fast drivers have on conscience a lot of accidents, but driving very slow is eqally dangerous. A certainty is drive about the same speed as other vehicles. A driver is compulsory to keep the distance between him and the vehicle in front of him that he can reduce a speed in a good time. Minimal safe distance between two vehicles is defined by 2 seconds, for heavier vehicles is a 3 second rule.

Why? If a driver is fully concentrated on the road, his react time is in average 1 second, during which he is able to realize the critical situation in front of him. So this 1 second gives him a space to act. Ideal is choose your orientation point along the road- for exapme column, tree, mile post or traffic sign. From the moment, when the car in front of you pass the point you have chosen, start counting: onehundred twenty one, onehundred twenty two, onehundred twenty three. After the counting, your front part of your car should be on the orientation point.

The seat belt and lights.

You should fasten the seat belt securely during each ride. This “trifle” can literally save your life. It reduces the risk of fatal injury by up to half. Use the blinkers if you are changing your direction or if you want to avoid the obstacle on the road. Be careful about the lights too. Mainly, do not illuminate other drivers in the opposite direction by inadequate adjustment of lights or by incorrecting use of distant lights during the night ride. You care about the safety of other drivers but also about yours.

Dangerous fatigue.

Did you know, that 24 hours without sleeping has equal reaction on your body as one per mille of alcohol in your blood? To be sincere, no one would go drive with one per mille, wouldn’t he? So take care about being rested when you drive. If you are driving a long distance, don’t be shy to rest on the gas station and take a nap for few minutes. Just only 30 minutes of sleeping can give you the energy for couple of hours. If you are tired, the risk of microsleep is really big. Only few seconds microsleep can cause an accident.

Don’t forget about insurance

Driving will be always riskant activity and even the most experienced drivers can have an accident. To tell yourself that it can’t happend to you because you are a safe driver is a stupid idea. You can drive safe and appropriate but a driver from the opposite direction can hit right into your car. That is the reason why is good to consider insurance in the form of accident or injury insurance or the purchase of assistance services in the case of an accident, except the mandatory contractual insurance, which everybody must have in law. Insurance can help to protect your property or help you in a difficult period after the injury.

 

How to choose a shippnig company

You will find on the internet several companies offering goods transport right now. However, not all of them are as serious as they might seem at first. So what if you need to transport animals or other goods? So how do you choose the right shipping company?

Think 

Before you start to look for a suitable shipper for you and your business, think about what you will from a particular seller. Whether it’s a one-time shipment of package, furniture e.c., or you own a business where you need a capable shipper, who will be able to handle even more risky transports. For example transport of animals, cars, different machines and so on. This is why you should think ahead, what do you need and identify your requirements. Searching for a shipping company will then be easier.

Technologies are the future

When choosing a shipper, you should take into account his technological excellence. Communication via SMS is not “IN“ anymore. Nowdays the most using thechnologies are GPS, Track & Trace or international dispatching. We could say that these tweaks are these days a standard. However, there are a lot of companies that are using an older ways to communicate. We should avoid companies like that. Even if they are more cheapier, you will appreciate a great communication and similar services in risky situactions.

The price

The whole world is rolling around money. It’s not surprising, that the price of the individual shippers is the most important factor in making decisions. Everyone wants to save, but prices of shippers are sometimes markedly different. However, it’s common that with low price also comes low quality of services. But you can always find verified shippers with a reasonable price which won’t rouin you.

Experiences

If you are looking for a transport of animals or of something bigger, you should’t be interested only in the price but mainly in experiences and  portfolio of the shipper. The transport of animals requires responsible and well-secured shipper. Either you want to transport your pet or transport of farm animals, you will certainly appreciate responsibility and willingness. The same applies on car shipping and whatever bigger and more risky cargo. We can find on the market a lot of shippers with years of experiences and with rich portfolio of services. This is why we should involve this aspect when choosing.

Review

As it is known, the best advertisement is that, which is doing by itsef- via satisfied custumers. It is also important to notice them. If the shipping company is really good, you will find a lot of positive ratings and reviews of satisfied custumers. You shouldn’t take seriously all of the ratings, but it’s alway better when the shipper is verified by customers. Don’t forget about this fact, that could help you to choose the right shipper.

So where you can find appropriate shipper?

The question is, where you can find a suitable shipper. You can try to use google and surf on the internet. But if you don’t have enoght time to make decisions, you can certainly use specialized website services such as gethipment.com, which brings together shipping companies. All you have to do is just register, fill in a short application and just choose from the list of shippers that suits you the most. Simple and quick. Just choose a shipping company and everything will be take care of.

Does the era of combustion engines end?

As the results of the well-known Engine of the Year inquiry suggest, the combustion engines are on the great retreat. It is probably because of better engine technologies that can be upgraded to increase performance and reduce consumption at the same time. A great part of this is also the increasingly stringent emission control and air pollution. And these aspects drive diesel on the second track. Is that really true?

WLP measurements and EU laws

The well known carmakers started to claim that “the golden times” of diesel englines are over. Engines that boast good reliability and overall low fuel consumption, what you felt when you traveled for longer routes are already slowly releasing your place with a hybrid and a supercharged engine. Even if diesel engines just can’t dissappear from one day to another, we can certainly say, that their time are over. It will be extremely hard to fulfill new limits of emission standard WLTP, which comes into practice. However, the process of the resign of combustion engines has also been speeded up by the European Union, which has introduced severe sanctions if the manufacturer attempts to circumvent these emission limits. And that should be up to 25,000 pounds for one sold car with no emissions.

Complicated engines would’t help

Even if carmakes try anything, their future doesn’t look rosy. Necessary technologies for cleaning exhaust gases could even more complicate construcion of engine, which lowe reliability and mainly increase the price. The result will be less interest of consumers. At the same time, these improved but more expensive engines would become more and more competitive, and more and more affordable hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars would get ahead. In the longer term also electromobiles.

The Volkswagen case

On the other hand, we can say, that Volkswagen helped to extinction of diesel engines and thanks to the Dieselgase case he put even worse light onto these engines. A lot of customers don’t care and they continue to buy less environmentally friendly but more economical diesel engines. They are not interested in ecology and environment, because of ignorance or indifference.

Why is diesel non-organic?

Invention of diesel engine was unbelievable step forward. In addition, it has been shown over time that these engines have an excellent consumption and longer service life. However, by the time it was a bad light on him by emission tests and limits were often unable to maintain. Diesel engines have much higher levels of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) than gasoline units. Higher is also the production of solid particles. And they are quite dangerous because they cause health problems. By the way, did you know, that England has one of the highest solid particles in the air in Europe? So to think that we do not have this problem is kind of mad idea. Yes, solid particles are also produced by thermal power plants or industry. They aren’t located in the city center and directly on the streets like cars.

New laboratory tests and strict fines

According to the new law, which is not yet in all countries, automakers will no longer pay directly to domestic testing laboratories. There is a conflict of interest. For example Germans accused Fiat of not fulfilling emission standards. According to results of italian ministry is everything allright and Italian cars fulfill limits. This is why the European Union has come up with the idea of creating independent testing centers that will not be affected by carmakers or states.

To scare carmakers to sell cars, that don’t have emission standards would also have a great fine. And by the law they should have climbed up to the mentioned 25,000 pounds per sold car. So if we take, that carmaker has a net profit a few thousand pounds for the sold car, this is a liquidation amount. Carmakers will think twice about whether they are going to travel legally, or risking and continuing to sell cars that are beyond limits.

Prohibition to enter cities

Mentioned measures would really prepare the end of diesel engines. They will keep alive after 2020 only in large cars. The next strike add European cities such as Paris, Madrid or Athens. They declare that after 2025 they totally forbid them to enter. The same idea has a London and other Britis cities. Besides local bans, they also prepare to charge the entrance. What does it mean? It means that “dirtiest” cars will pay in London up to around 20 pounds per day!

As a result, that development of cars will be different for next few years. More overcharged and hybrid engines will be available on the market, but in a few decades they can be fully replaced by cars with an alternative energy source. We certainly know, that electic engines, also thanks to Tesla, don’t have their last word yet and by constant developing are slowly but surely becoming more and more searchable. It is quite possible that instead of diesel, we will be charging our cars in a few years at the power stations. What do you think?

Technology You Couldn’t Live Without On The Road

It’s not uncommon for people to have a favourite set of tools and must-have-gadgets that they have come to grow fond of to an extent of not living without them. In all our different aspects of life such as while working out, or even in our studies, there are some pieces of technology that fit this description. Life on the road is no different and it also has some heavy dependence on technology. This article will take a look at some of the pieces of technology that you couldn`t live without on the road.

Satellite Navigation Systems

Some of the inventions that we can’t live without on the road are satellite navigation systems. They help us out in finding directions to new places and give us the shortest options for getting to our destinations among many other functions. In fact, according to a car dealer by the name of Motorpoint, a poll done on more than 2700 drivers helped cement this truth. They found that 14% of these drivers admitted to not having any idea of the locations that they were headed to if their cars didn’t have satellite navigation systems.

It is also important to note that these Satellite navigation systems could also come with their downsides. One of the main problems is the misdirections that the Satellite navigation systems give drivers on few occasions. This calls for drivers to ensure that they have their maps close by just in case something of the sort happened. However, this takes place on very few occasions and is just one of the risks that you will be more than happy to take as long as you have a Sat Nav in your car.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are one of the essential pieces of technology that you cannot live without on the road. They are useful to drivers especially due to their ability to allow them to remain in touch with colleagues, family and friends throughout their time on the road. In the event that there is poor weather or even road closures that could lead to delays, drivers and passengers alike that are on the road could ensure that all the relevant people remain informed.

Smartphones, especially, are the most useful types that you couldn’t live without on the road. This is because, in addition to the functions that have been highlighted above, they come with the added advantage of connecting to the internet. With this feature in place, they can assist in satellite navigations for people on the road and also help in accessing emails and web content.

Audio Equipment

If there is one thing that most people treasure while on the road is music. This is because it helps in making both passengers and the driver’s journey to come off as more exciting by taking the monotony of the whole experience. This makes some of the technology that you couldn’t live without on the road be music players. Some people rely on the old types of radios that used CDs, while others have embraced new music playing technology that has inbuilt storage and connectivity to other devices via Bluetooth, and even to the internet allowing you to stream media!

Conclusion

There are a variety of sectors in the world we live in today whose functionality is being taken over by technology. When this is mentioned, most minds race to reflect on the operations that are totally dependent technology such as running of industries as well the IT world. However, it is possible that even the simplest of activities such as being on the road has a lot to owe to technology. In the future, we should expect to see technology at play even more!

 

The Cheapest and most expensive places to buy fuel

Whether you are operating a transportation business or just enjoying the thrills of the open road, you will need to buy fuel at some point to keep the wheels moving or the good times flowing. It is no surprise that the cost of fuel has done nothing but rise but there is some good news in there somewhere because there are still some places in the world that offer cheap fuel.

As a business, it is very important to watch the costs associated with doing business and sometimes, relocation to a business favourable county might be a good idea for the long-term success of the business. Just look at the long list of companies that outsource the majority of their workload to other countries that can produce the work at a fraction of the cost.

The same is true in logistics and transport. If you are struggling to meet margin targets or perhaps looking to relocate to a favourable country, this list might get a few pieces of the puzzle in place.

To get things started, I have put a list together of the most expensive countries to buy fuel in and let’s have a look at the worst offenders:

  1. Hong Kong – $1.90 per litre
  2. Norway – $1.73
  3. Iceland – $1.71
  4. Monaco – $1.62
  5. Netherlands – $1.60
  6. Israel – $1.59
  7. Denmark – $1.55
  8. Italy – $1.55
  9. Greece – $1.53
  10. San Marino – $1.51

Hong Kong at almost $2 per litre!!!! Best leave your car at home. The high cost in Hong Kong is based on a number of factors but this cost makes it difficult to operate a transportation business in Hong Kong. America make a great middle ground choice due to the beauty of the driving experience and relativity low petrol prices (70 cents per litre). Business regulations are different in America as well which might mean a great choice for transportation and logistics business looking for an added edge in the market place.

 

Now on to happier things – which countries have made the cheapest list?

 

  1. Venezuela – $0.01 per litre
  2. Saudi Arabia – $0.24
  3. Algeria – $0.28
  4. Turkmenistan – $0.28
  5. Kuwait – $0.34
  6. Egypt – $0.34
  7. Ecuador – $0.39
  8. Iran – $0.40
  9. Qatar – $0.41
  10. Bahrain – $0.42

Venezuela makes the top of the cheap list at one cent per litre and this is down to fuel being heavily subsided by the government. The people of Venezuela can enjoy petrol at just one percent of the cost of the global average. It is no surprise that the middle eastern countries appear on the cheap list due primarily to being on home ground when it comes to crude oil and petrol manufacturing.

So regardless of if you operate a transportation business or are an avid driving fan, there are a few places left in the world that offer unbelievably low petrol prices.

 

 

 

Must have kit for the open road – Equipment that every driver needs (and sometimes overlooks).

As a driver in the transportation and logistics businesses, you spend a lot of your time on the road and are constantly on the go. If you are going to spend that much time on the road, you might as well be as safe and comfortable as possible.

These are a few things that every driver should have in order to make your life as easy as possible and keep you safe in the event of an unforeseen accident.

  • First Aid kit – This is something that gets forgotten on the list of essential equipment for the road and having one and needing it is better than needing it and not having one. Also, make sure that if you do have a kit in the cab that the kit is fully stocked with the important bit because over time, the kit will get used and may not be replenished.
  • Tool box – Having the right tool when you need it can be an absolute lifesaver. Ensure that you have a selection of the usual useful tools like wrenches and plyers etc and also think about stocking other handy materials like zip-ties, duct tape, and hose clamps. If something comes undone in the engine, you may not see a mechanic for miles and knowing how to fix minor issues can make all the difference.
  • Apps and route optimising software – Even the most seasoned driver can benefit for route optimisers and fuel optimisers to give them useful information along their journey. Being able to scout out cheaper fuel stops or determining a route that can shave hours off of your drive is fantastic and should be a part of every driver’s equipment inventory.
  • Weather appropriate clothing – This may sound non-essential but there is nothing worse than moving from warm to cold conditions and not having the appropriate clothing to stay warm and protected. This also extends to rain wear for sudden storms and if you need to get out of the cab for any reason, you will be happy you have a waterproof coat.
  • Footwear – This is another must have especially when driving long distances. Breathable shoes will keep your feet dry and lend protection if you need to see to anything on the ground.
  • Cooking equipment – just because you drive a truck doesn’t mean you need to need to sacrifice the comforts of home. There is a wide section of 12 v cooking equipment that is safe to use and don’t forget to get your hands on those mouth-watering sauces to complete any culinary masterpiece.
  • Mobile devices – Rounding off this list is having a fully charged mobile phone or tablet with 4g connection. For your own personal safety, it is vitally important that you have a way to call for help or be reached in an emergency. Making sure that your phone is fully charged and always in working condition just might save you in a difficult situation.

 

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