Advanced Emergency Braking for Fuso Canter

Fuso is introducing Advanced Emergency Braking to the Australian light truck segment. It will begin including this potentially life-saving safety technology as standard equipment on select Fuso Canter models this week, setting a new safety benchmark. AEB is being introduced as standard equipment model-by-model across the Canter 4×2 range throughout this year. No other light…

How to tighten the load with Ergo-360 truckers winch bar

How to tighten the load with Ergo-360 truckers winch bar Words and photography by Howard Shanks Have you ever been stuck trying to get winch straps tightened because the bar hits the trailer’s combining rail or guards. If you, like most general freight carriers answered yes, then read on we’ve discovered a solution. Some months…

Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day

2019 Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day More than 200 big rigs lined up for the 25th Annual Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day convoy and fun-filled family truck show held at the Maitland showgrounds. The Transport Awareness Day began in 1994 as a way to educate the local community about the role of the transport and…

Alcoa’s Release Dura-Black Wheels.

Custom truck builders and owners can now add a touch of the dark side to their creations with the introduction of Alcoa’s new Dura-Black wheels in what the company have dibbed Menacing Matte Black. This new wheel line is the latest in wheel innovation and gives custom truck builders and owner operators greater creative flexibility…

How a Series-Parallel Switch works.

How a Series-Parallel Switch works. Words and Photography by Howard Shanks (Illustrations supplied) The other day my mate and I were having a yarn about an old W-Model I was allowed to take for a short run. The old girl hadn’t been started for ages, needless to say it needed a little coaxing into life,…

How to Couple and Uncouple a Fifth Wheel

How to Couple and Uncouple a Fifth Wheel on a prime mover is a skill that should be mastered before a driver get’s their heavy combination licence. Yet there are an increasing number of photos posted on social media of trailers being dropped. We sent our resident trainer-assessor, Howard Shanks, to find out why is…

How ride height effects shockers

How ride height effects truck shockers Words and photography by Howard Shanks (diagrams supplied by Powerdown) As the title suggests, changing the ride height of your truck’s air suspension can have shocking results on the life of your shockers. Suspensions like many components on a heavy vehicle are precision pieces of equipment that play a…

How to drive an 18-Speed Roadranger

How to drive an Eaton 18-Speed Roadranger Eaton’s 18-Speed Roadranger Driver’s Instruction manual available for download at end of article.  Driving a constant mesh transmission like a 13-speed or 15-speed Roadranger transmission correctly used to be a fundamental part of truck driving, and old school truck drivers took great pride in the way they swapped…