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Opportunities in a Lower Fuel Price Environment

Do lower fuel prices offer an opportunity to get some business back from rail? Photo by Jim Park.

April 17, 2015

Other than enjoying lower fuel costs, how can trucking companies take advantage of current low prices for diesel fuel?

Tags: Fuel Prices, Railroads, Intermodal

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 17, 2015 8:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Does ADA Mean You Have to Let Alcoholics Drive Trucks?

HDT file photo

April 16, 2015

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) really require motor carriers to allow alcoholics to drive trucks? Deborah Lockridge shares some insight from a transportation attorney in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Litigation, EEOC

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:21 AM | » Comments(1)

Humor, Big Stars Make Infrastructure Funding Point

April 15, 2015

Google "John Oliver Infrastructure" and you'll get some 30 pages of results, with headlines such as "Stars Help John Oliver Make Infrastructure Maintenance Sexy." Deborah Lockridge explains why in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: In the Media, Infrastructure Funding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:48 AM | » Comments(0)

Too Fast for Your Tires?

Truck speeds above 75 mpg can compromise tires, but that's less likely to happen if they are properly maintained. Photo by Jim Park

April 8, 2015

Are higher highway speed limits a real threat to tire safety? A recent Associated Press story suggests that trucks running north of 75 mph could be at elevated risk of tire failure because they are going too fast. Equipment Editor Jim Park offers insight into the truth of the matter.

Tags: Tire Inflation, NHTSA, Tires

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Founders of Failed ‘Cold Train’ Blame BNSF Railway, Sue for $41 Million

Cold Train containers being handled at the Port of Quincy's BNSF intermodal rail line. Photo courtesy Port of Quincy.

April 7, 2015

Claims made by Cold Train founders in their $41 million suit, announced on Tuesday, illustrate how the railroads, like truckers, can’t handle all the business being thrown at them.

Tags: Trailers, Lawsuits, Intermodal, Reefers, BNSF

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:46 PM | » Comments(0)

CARB-Type Regs Could Spread to Other Jurisdictions

April 2, 2015

California fleets that have had to fork over funds to buy new cleaner-burning trucks or retrofit with diesel particulate filters may well have a leg up over the rest of the country under the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming rules, according to one blog.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Environmental Protection Agency, California, DPF

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Price and Weight Comparisons: Steel, Combo and Aluminum

Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS.

Photo: Tom Berg

March 31, 2015

Different buyers have different considerations, which is why trailer manufacturers offer the three different types. Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS.

Tags: Manac Inc., Trailers, Aluminum

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:09 AM | » Comments(0)

Refiners Buy Tankers to Ensure Supplies of Better Crude Oil

Photo via Vantage Trailers

March 24, 2015

Refiners are buying trucks to fetch more desirable crude oil than what they’re getting through pipelines.

Tags: OIl, Trailers, FTR, Tankers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:48 AM | » Comments(0)

Turning an Eyesore into Truck Parking

In many areas, truckers are short of places to park at night. Photo by Jim Park

March 23, 2015

One California newspaper editor has the right idea when it comes to truck parking, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 23, 2015 11:14 AM | » Comments(1)

Why Safe Coupling Procedures Matter

Four people died when their car ran into a semitrailer sitting on a busy highway. How'd it happen?

For a better chance at properly hitching the fifth wheel onto the kingpin, hook up and charge the air hoses, then set the trailer’s brakes before backing onto it.  Photo courtesy of Con-way

March 17, 2015

It could've been driver error, mechanical failure or both, and we won't know for a while. But it sure matters.

Tags: Safety, Trailers, Fatal Accidents, Driver Safety Tips

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:51 PM | » Comments(2)

SmartWay Elite Level Even More Efficient, Says EPA

Better aero fairings must save at least 9% in fuel to get the new designation

March 12, 2015

What does the new "Elite" level of fuel-saving devices offered by the EPA SmartWay program mean? Senior Editor Tom Berg explores the topic in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA, Aerodynamics, Fuel Efficiency, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:20 PM | » Comments(0)

What's the Best Thing Ever to Happen to Cargo Securement?

February 26, 2015

Of all the rules truckers must abide by, the cargo securement rules are likely the most often misinterpreted. In many cases, citations result not from willful neglect or negligence, but from simple ignorance or misunderstanding. And it's not always only the driver who's to blame.

Tags: Cargo Securement, CVSA, Canada

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:51 AM | » Comments(0)

Square Pegs, Round Holes: Trucking & Demographics

The study of demographics is the key to solving the driver shortage. That means more than counting down to the day when the last driver is hired.

Demographics gives us clues about why younger people do not want to become truck drivers. We can learn from those clues. Photo by Jim Park

February 4, 2015

As far back as 1996, it was abundantly clear that the driver shortage as we knew it then was nothing compared to what we face today. The driver shortage then was just a puff of smoke on the horizon. Today, we could say the torpedoes are in the water. It didn't have to be that way.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Image, Demographics

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:21 AM | » Comments(4)

Busted! How I Got Caught Littering -- Or So it Appeared

January 15, 2015

Sometimes things aren't exactly as they appear. Was Equipment Editor Jim Park really caught throwing something out the window on an Ultimate Test Drive video? Read the On the Road blog to find out.

Tags: Image

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:20 PM | » Comments(0)

The Driver Shortage: Make it Someone Else's Problem

November 11, 2014

Don't hold your breath waiting for someone or some group to come along with a way of solving trucking's labor crisis. It won't happen that way. The only real way to solve this problem is one fleet at a time.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, National Private Truck Council, ATA

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, November 11, 2014 10:55 PM | » Comments(2)

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