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When it comes to naming the best semi trucks for CDL drivers, everyone knows there are only two good answers.

The one you’re driving or the one you wish you were driving!

This is actually a hot debate about which truck is the very best semi truck, but there are a few names you can’t miss. Vote for your favorite, then see who’s winning in the polls right now!

Which truck is best?

Freightliner

Peterbilt

Volvo

Kenworth

1. Freightliner

Every list of the best semi-trucks that’s worth its salt has to include Freightliners. They are currently the most popular truck among drivers in the United States. It’s for a few good reasons.

freightliner truckFreightliner highway trucks offer day, sleeper, and crew cab options. They’re built to handle all types of loads, and they house a 350-600 horsepower engine. Freightliner trucks are aerodynamically efficient, so they get good fuel efficiency which saves money in the long run. They are also typically less expensive to buy and operate than Peterbilts and Kenworths. So, that’s another plus for the pocketbook.

With top features for drivers and a lower price tag, it’s not hard to see why many people choose Freightliners. 

2. Peterbilt

Open roads stretching ahead of you, a powerful rig beneath you, and a classic look that you just can’t beat: that is the legacy of a Peterbilt. They are the Harley Davidsons of the trucking world. A long-nose Peterbilt is an iconic trucking look, and for style, it can’t be topped.

Peterbilt truckPeterbilts are made by PACCAR, the same company that owns Kenworth. While many drivers are loyal to what Peterbilt represents, there’s no denying the quality of these trucks. Peterbilt offers the most trucks with alternative fuel options. Their trucks also have aluminum bodies. This makes for a lighter and more fuel-efficient ride, but you may want to look at something else if you’re hauling heavy loads.

3. Kenworth

Kenworth truckLooking for a tractor built by truckers for truckers? Kenworth is your place. Experienced drivers consult on the design for new models, and it shows. These trucks have great navigational technology which makes your day on the road a little smoother and less stressful.

Kenworths are made by the same parent company who makes Peterbilts. They tend to be a little bit heavier on materials and build than their Peterbilt counterparts. Kenworths lose out on some fuel efficiency as a result, but it also gives them a sturdy feel that drivers love. 

4. Volvo

Volvo truckVolvos don’t get quite as much fame in the United States as Freightliners, Peterbilts, and Kenworths, but they are top notch. Even though they aren’t as common in the US, Volvos are recognized internationally as a top brand.

In the US, Volvos come in fifth for heavy-duty truck manufacturers, but it holds the second place title worldwide. They come from the same parent company that makes Mack trucks, and drivers can be confident they are getting a quality ride with a great support network when they choose a Volvo. 

5. International

Rounding out our top 5 list of best semi trucks for drivers is International. With models like the Lonestar and the LT series, International shows off some good looks and quality trucks.

These trucks are especially known for power and performance.

That performance makes models like the Lonestar particularly good for special deliveries like cattle, horses, and other livestock. 

The Bottom Line

In the USA, Freightliners, Peterbilts, and Kenworths have the most loyal followings. With clean designs and a truck body that’s built to last, it’s easy to see why drivers love them. But, Volvo and International score high marks globally and are a great choice for many drivers. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference, price, and your driving needs. What’s your opinion? Tell us what you love about your truck and why it’s the best. We have a debate to settle!

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Drivers well know about the shortage of drivers out there. After all, they’re living that reality. But that doesn’t make the problem any easier to accept.

ttnews.comThe American Trucking Associations says the shortage is hitting the for-hire trucking industry most, with drivers who typically don’t get home for a week or more. And with Baby Boomers hitting retirement in high numbers now, the shortage isn’t expected to stop anytime soon.

“It’s not the most appealing career in the world,” says Jon Coca, president of Diamond Transportation Systems. “And there are roadblocks to becoming one in the first place.”

The shrinking pool of drivers is further compounded by the lifestyle of the long-haul driver. After all, many such drivers don’t get to spend much time at home.

“Often it’s a job of last resort,” Costello says, so. transportation companies have been raising pay, he says.

Sean Kilcarr, executive editor of the trucking trade publication Fleet Owner, observes that the driver shortage is nothing new; it’s been coming for the last 20 years as an onslaught of truck drivers churned toward retirement. Young people during that period, meanwhile, opted for college instead of driving careers.

“(We should) make the career available just coming out of high school,” Coca said. “I think that would increase the driver pool.”

Several other challenges to entry into the truck driving field exist as well. To learn more about them, read the full article here. 

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Damler participates in The US Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program. They unveiled an exciting concept truck. The truck includes some really intelligent features such as:http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1097471_daimler-unveils-supertruck-12-mpg-semi-is-more-than-twice-as-fuel-efficient

  • Resultant aerodynamic efficiency enables it to run a downsized 10.7L diesel engine, which reduces its fuel consumption.
  • Solar panels mounted to the trailer’s roof which can power the climate control system among other things.
  • Waste heat recovery system connected to exhaust that converts thermal energy otherwise wasted.
  • Powertrain that selects the right gears to optimize battery regeneration and improve efficiency

During the 312-mile Texas highway drive, the truck averaged 12.2 mpg while cruising with a gross weight of 65,000 pounds at an average 65 mph between San Antonio and Dallas.

The numbers listed above, on the surface might not seem impressive, but when you realize that freight trucks make up only 4% of vehicles on the road and use 20% of fleet  fuel consumption, it is very impressive.  Damler also achieved the fuel efficiency numbers using commercially available technologies.  This means most manufacturers can achieve the same goals.

Current Federal regulations require heavy-duty trucks to achieve a 10- to 20-percent increase in fuel efficiency by 2018.

These fuel standards seem very acheivable as proved by Damler.  This SuperTruck more than doubled the average fuel efficiency of today’s commercially available semis.  Read more…

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You use the FIT in your truck cab to easily exercise over the road. The 2 most frequent injuries in the trucking Industry include the rotator cuff and lower back. Bob Perry of Rolling Strong and Damler Trucks of North America introduces the FIT System (Freightliner In-Cab Training System).

FIT In Your Truck Cab

This exercise and flexibility system allows truck drivers to get FIT in your truck cab. Overall, the driver performs an upper body, lower body, and cardiovascular workout in the comfort and safety of the cab. In addition, this system installs easily, used in the truck or brought in to your home or hotel.

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You see the product demonstrated by representatives from Freightliner Trucks and Rolling Strong. The system sells for $69.99. In addition, truckers purchase it here: http://shop.rollingstrong.com/index.php.

Overall, view the video below for a great demonstration of the product and more information.

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