All posts by Paul Abelson

About Paul Abelson

Paul Abelson is the Senior Technical Editor of Road King magazine.
  • military and trucking
    Many tools and devices in trucking originated with the military

    The relationship between the military and the trucking industry goes back to World War I. In 1917, even before the United States entered the war, Mack ACs were used to bring supplies to British troops. Because of...

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • Smooth-transition
    The Procision transmission uses dual-clutch design to make every shift easy

    Technology advances continue to have an impact on trucking safety, economy and ease. Eaton recently introduced Procision, a new transmission for Class 6 and 7 trucks. With it, Eaton brought an entirely new technology to medium duty...

    • Posted November 6, 2014
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  • A_ProStar_Red_5
    Three test drives with the latest ProStars

    International introduce the Navistar ProStar in 2006, and I had a chance to drive one of their first fleet-spec’d tractors. The EPA 2007-compliant Cummins ISX 430 hp motor had a then-new diesel particulate filter (DPF). This demonstrator...

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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  • Seeing-is-believing
    Dashboard cameras record what’s happening on the road

    An entire market, photography, has undergone a revolution in the past few years. Picture taking and processing is almost all done electronically. Picture quality undreamed of at the turn of this century is common today. The same...

    • Posted September 9, 2014
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  • New-Dimensions
    Can a 6×2 drivetrain find its way into the hearts of U.S. truckers?

    Fuel economy still dominates any conversation on trucking. With today’s prices, each percentage point of fuel saved can add up to serious money. Getting 2-3 percent savings without additional cost would interest anyone in the industry. Weight...

    • Posted March 21, 2014
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  • interior-ed
    Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship marks 25 years

    Don’t miss the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship at MATS.

    • Posted March 20, 2014
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  • Caption pic 5
    4 truck-specific GPS navigation systems

    A trucker guided by his GPS arrived at the edge of a cliff, and the truck almost went over.

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • Liquefaction-Equipment-2
    The fuel that everyone is talking about

    We’ve been talking about fuel economy for years, and part of the issue is the country’s dependence on foreign oil imports. That wasn’t always the case. In 1970, the United States spent $3 billion on foreign oil....

    • Posted September 1, 2013
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  • transmissions
    How automated transmissions keep changing trucking

    Perhaps it’s just a matter of ego, but one of the things that always separated truckers from passenger car drivers was the ability to shift multi-range transmissions. Today, an entire generation of motorists is clueless when faced...

    • Posted July 1, 2013
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  • Buying-used-trucks
    Track down hard-to-detect flood damage in used trucks

    You finally found it — that dream truck. It’s the one you’ve been thinking about buying for years. It has the big sleeper you’ve longed for, the big power you’ve always wanted and the perfect transmission for...

    • Posted March 1, 2013
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