A lot goes into imagining, designing, and building a new truck. The idea for the new Cascadia was born in 2011, and after five years of concept development, testing, and refinement, Freightliner’s next flagship Class 8 truck has launched. We sat down with Toby Faulkner, the director of the new Cascadia development program, to learn about what goes into a project like this and the journey to bring sketches to life.
The different driving rules and regulations mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) can be hard to keep straight, but are important to follow. The exhilaration and independence of driving Class 8 trucks comes with great responsibility to manage time wisely and keep the roadways safe by preventing driver fatigue. Fleet managers carry the responsibility of making sure their drivers are up to date on these rules and regulations. Here’s a quick-start guide for new drivers (and a good refresher for veterans) on the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
The new Freightliner Cascadia isn’t just among the most advanced on-highway trucks on the market, it’s a concentrated investment in the future of trucking. It's designed to be one of the safest vehicles on the road, both for drivers and other motorists. Here’s a look at nine new safety features to help protect you and your drivers.
Providing drivers with technologically advanced trucks designed with their comfort in mind and cutting-edge safety features is the first step to driver retention. Drivers play an important role in Real Cost of Ownership (RCO), so Freightliner made driver experience a priority when designing the new Cascadia.
Funding of highway and public transportation system maintenance has shifted from the federal government to the states, causing a “devolution” of U.S. highways. As a result, necessary bridge and highway maintenance projects are delayed, state governments are making cuts to cover maintenance and new road projects, and state and local governments are implementing more tolls to help fund these projects.
Freightliner Trucks has launched a new version of its Team Run Smart website, an open online community that truckers can turn to for expertise on a variety of topics. With over 48,000 members, Freightliner has enhanced the website for an improved user experience, easier access to information, and additional content to assist owner-operators and fleet customers at becoming better at the business of trucking.
On September 25-28th, the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will be hosting the first ever North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show. Attendees can prepare to see an impressive display of on-highway and vocational trucks from Freightliner (Booth #1612).
While designing the new Cascadia, Freightliner hosted two Tech Week events where top technicians in North America were given a sneak peek of the new truck and were asked to provide feedback on its serviceability. Their comments and input resulted in technician-friendly changes to the design of the new Cascadia.
Working out of a truck can create roadblocks to healthy living. Typically, drivers don’t have set schedules, rely on truck stops for nourishment, and sit for long stretches of time. Over time, this could lead to various health problems, including weight gain, back pain, and lethargy.