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John Hitch

Editor-in-chief, Fleet Maintenance

John Hitch is the editor-in-chief of Fleet Maintenance, where his mission is to provide maintenance management and technicians with the the latest information on the tools and strategies to keep their fleets' commercial vehicles moving.

He is based out of Cleveland, Ohio, and has worked in the B2B journalism space for more than a decade.

Hitch was previously senior editor for FleetOwner, and covers everything related to trucking and commercial vehicle equipment, including breaking news, the latest trends and best practices. He previously wrote about manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest.

Prior to that he was editor for Kent State University's student magazine, The Burr, and a freelancer for Cleveland Magazine. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician, where he served honorably aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723).

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Diagnostic & Repair

Improving repair accuracy by tracking comebacks

April 15, 2024
A perfect repair is always the target when fixing a truck, but distractions and improper processes can cause a technician to miss the bullseye. Improving aim starts with knowing...
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Shop Management

More providers consider mobile maintenance

March 25, 2024
With the industry’s demand for mobile maintenance accelerating, providers should also rely on new technologies to help manage multi-tasking technicians.
Dragonfly Energy
Emissions & Efficiency

Velociti Instant ROI program available for Battle Born All-Electric APU

March 20, 2024
Fleets can add the APU, made by Dragonfly Energy, to existing trucks and reap the benefits while deferring payment until after installation. Velociti will finance the equipment...
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Diagnostic & Repair

NEXIQ eTechnician adds Mitchell 1 TruckSeries info to portal for more streamlined troubleshooting

March 14, 2024
By connecting TruckSeries’ repair guidance directly into the eTechnician portal, technicians will be able to focus more on diagnosing problems, instead of swapping software.
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Safety & Technology

Anti-theft device stops ‘cat’ burglars in their tracks

Nov. 16, 2023
Active Cat from Accelerated Solutions Group deters catalytic converter theft using a vehicle's existing knock sensors and alarm system.
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Emissions & Efficiency

Wrongfully condemned: How to give DPFs a clean record

Nov. 14, 2023
Just because a DPF looks dirty doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a second chance, though some should be sentenced to the scrap yard. Here’s how to tell if you can clean or replace...