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Are You Staying on Top of Your Fuel Invoices?

April 22, 2014

Are you concerned about the accuracy of your fuel invoices? If you are, you have plenty of company, according to one recent survey.

Tags: Fuel Cards, FuelQuest, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What to Do About Fifth Wheel Grease

I bet this is one question you never saw on "Hints from Heloise."

April 16, 2014

Here's one question you probably never saw answered in the syndicated newspaper column "Hints from Heloise."

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

Lower green cord is the “stinger” that carries power and a return ground line to trailer batteries that operate the liftgate. Connector cord should remain plugged in to keep a load on the line while its circuit is tested. Photo: Con-Way Freight

April 14, 2014

Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Trailers, Liftgates, Technology & Maintenance Council, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Electrical System, Batteries

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucker Buddy Boy Scout Event Big Success at MATS

April 10, 2014

Deborah Lockridge follows up on a special event at the Mid-America Trucking Show, where more than 200 Boy Scouts earned a badge about truck transportation.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, Image, Mid-America Trucking Show, Boy Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Are Drivers Sitting Ducks?

April 9, 2014

Excessive sitting has been implicated in increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, disability, depression, weight gain and even some cancers. Just what drivers need to hear.

Tags: Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

X-Ray Van, Old Winnebago Take Doctor’s and Nurses’ Medical Care to the ‘Hollers’

An 18-wheeler and an old RV carry medicine and hope to Appalachia.

April 7, 2014

Senior Editor Tom Berg was moved by Sunday's "60 Minutes" story on Health Wagon, carrying medicine and hope to Appalachia -- and intrigued by the X-ray trailer and the medical director who went to tractor-trailer school to learn to drive the rig. He has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Charity, Medical Fleets, Truck Driving Schools, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Past and Future Mingle at MATS

Optimus Prime offered a sneak peak at the newest Western Star. Photo: Evan Lockridge

April 7, 2014

Where in the same exhibit hall could you see a stagecoach, a 1964 White Freightliner cabover, an '85 Dodge Ram and a sleek Jetsons-like tractor-trailer with a carbon fiber trailer? Deborah Lockridge explains in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Cummins, Western Star, Fuel Economy, Bendix, Walmart, Mid-America Trucking Show

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

FMCSA's Ferro Ponders Distraction Potential of On-board Displays

Drivers automatically sort details from distractions. Alerts just add to the workload. Photo: Jim Park

April 4, 2014

Ann Ferro's curiosity over in-cab distraction is well-founded, but who will decide how much is too much? Equipment Editor Jim Park muses on the topic in his latest "On the Road" blog post.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Drivers, Safety, Anne Ferro

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Wabash Shows What a 33-Foot Pup Would Look Like

Stretching a 28-foot pup trailer to 33 feet would not be difficult, and Wabash National already has a procedure ready to go.

March 31, 2014

Congress is supposedly inclined to approve a proposal to allow twin 33-foot doubles. If so, trailers like this would probably become common. Tom Berg has the story from last month's TMC meeting in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Productivity, Wabash National, Doubles, Twin Trailers, Pups

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Boy Scouts, Trucker Buddy Team up for Trucking Image at MATS

March 24, 2014

If you are at the Mid-America Trucking Show on Saturday, you may see a lot of Boy Scout uniforms. Find out why in Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, Image, Mid-America Trucking Show, Boy Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Trusting Technology

March 18, 2014

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park had a few breakdowns during his driving career, but never with a brand new truck. A lesson learned with a brand new computer shows how vulnerable we can be to technology, as he shares in his "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Breakdowns, Information Technology

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Amber Rear Turn Signals Are Safer Than Red, But Few Use Them

A light flashing yellow means "turn" and one flashing red means "stop." The result is less confusion for drivers behind.

Tanker fleets are more likely to use amber turn signals than other operators. This trailer also has white backup lights.

March 13, 2014

Lights on the rear of most vehicles have all red lights because that's all the regulation requires. Maybe that should change.

Tags: Safety, Trailers, Lighting, Truck-Lite, Wabash National

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

You Don’t Need to Hammer on These Thin LEDs to Appreciate a Bright Idea

Plate-thin, these new lights are the latest thing in light-emitting diodes.

March 10, 2014

Ever hear of Innotec? Neither did senior editor Tom Berg. Now he sees what it does, and so will you.

Tags: TMC, Phillips Industries, Electrical System, LEDs, Innotec, LED Lights

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Are High Fuel Prices Killing Drivers?

Low prices entice carriers into the pumper outlets that often don't offer full-service, sit-down restaurants.

February 26, 2014

If it's not bad enough that drivers seldom have the time to eat properly and exercise, escalating fuel costs are driving fleets to buy fuel where it's cheapest, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog. Those places specialize in fast turn-over take-out food, not necessarily the food drivers need for a healthy, balanced diet.

Tags: Diet & Nutrition, Driver Health, Drivers, Truckstops

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Death in the Tire Shop

Better communication and a little more awareness might have prevented a deadly shop accident. Photo by Jim Park

February 4, 2014

A tire service technician was killed when he was run over by the truck he was working on. Could more regulations have prevented the tragedy? Possibly, but so could better communication and a little more awareness of what goes on in a repair shop, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Tires, Safety, Technicians, Maintenance, In the Shop

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

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