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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)

Drones And the Future of Package Delivery

Are we one step closer to putting drones in the logistics chain?

Amazon has received FAA permission to test its drones, with restrictions. Photo: Amazon

March 20, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for Amazon to test drone delivery, but don't expect a drone on your doorstep soon.

Tags: Logistics, Commercial Drones, Amazon.com, Delivery Trucks, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, AMP Electric Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 20, 2015 7:31 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

Beyond Traffic

By the year 2045, will U.S. transportation be fossil or fantastic?

March 10, 2015

By the year 2045, will U.S. transportation be fossil or fantastic? HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge lookds at a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Edge Fairings Gain SmartWay Elite Status

Elite means a set of equipment will save at least 9% in fuel at highway speeds – nothing to blow off with a shrug.

Photo via Transtex

March 3, 2015

The Tail resembles the Trailer Tail from ATDynamics, but seems unique in that its panels automatically deploy when the rig reaches about 45 mph, then fold up as it slows down.

Tags: EPA SmartWay, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Transtex Edge

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 8:00 AM | » 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)

How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

High U.S. oil production, OPEC members playing chicken, dropping demand ... what does all that mean for crude oil prices?

Oil well in North Dakota. Photo courtesy ConocoPhillips.

February 25, 2015

Economist and financial analyst Gary Shilling set off a bit of a furor recently when he said the price of crude oil could go as low as $10 a barrel. Deborah Lockridge explores the likelihood of that in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Oil Prices

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:11 AM | » Comments(0)

Hello CARB, Are You Listening?

California's latest round of emissions rules are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck owner is tough to swallow.

February 23, 2015

John Dutra is a one-man band, running his custom-upfit 1991 Isuzu FSR for construction work in the South Bay of San Francisco. Dutra couldn’t have known when he bought his truck so many years ago that today he’d be staring down a government mandate to (in all practicality) buy a cleaner truck.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF, Private Fleets

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 23, 2015 9:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Blinding Snow Turns a Trailer into a Tow Truck

A trucker unwittingly takes a minivan for the ride of its life.

February 19, 2015

A minivan plowed into the rear of a semi on I-75 in northern Michigan, and got dragged along for miles by the rig because its driver was totally unaware that he had something hanging on.

Tags: Winter Driving, Safety, Trailers, rear-end collisions, Rear Impact Guards

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 5:00 PM | » 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)

The Little Engine That Did

This 95-year-old Hvid engine still produces 6 horsepower at 550 rpm. It weighs 1,100 pounds, and the two flywheels weigh 375 pounds each. Photo by Jim Park

September 8, 2014

Fans of old engines and machinery would have been thrilled to find this working, 95-year-old engine on display at the the 40th anniversary celebrations of Cummins Jamestown, N.Y.. assembly plant. It's believed to have been among the first engines ever produced by the Cummins Engine Co., hand-built by Clessie Cummins himself. Jim Park has more in his "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Cummins, History, Engines

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 9:45 AM | » Comments(1)

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