Deborah Lockridge Editor in Chief
Tom Berg Senior Editor
Jim Park Equipment Editor
July 29, 2014
Trucker-turned-editor Jim Park gives his perspective of Anne Ferro's tenure as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -- and some chilling thoughts about her potential replacement -- in his "On the Road" blog.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Anne Ferro
Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
A Chicago-area truck crash that killed four has led to local attention to federal hours-of-service rules, the mandatory electronic logs proposal, and federal efforts to address coercion of drivers to break the law. Deborah Lockridge has more in her On the Road blog.
Tags: Accidents, Safety, Hours of Service, Illinois, In the Media
Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
July 22, 2014
The point is productivity: A vehicle longer and more complex than the single semis normally used in most of Europe could be employed to haul more cargo in one trip. And with little training, its driver could back it into position for loading or unloading.
Tags: Productivity, long combination vehicles, Remote Controls, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge says her inbox delivered a sure sign that there's a capacity crunch -- advice to help shippers get "preferred" status at motor carriers.
Tags: Transplace, Shippers
Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
July 16, 2014
There is no excuse whatsoever for a driver striking a low bridge if the obstruction is accurately marked. That obviously wasn't the case with the Skagit River Bridge and there's only one doorstep on which to lay that blame.
Tags: NTSB, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Oversize Loads, Washington, Safety
Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)
Tuesday, President Obama took a quick trip across the Potomac to visit the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a facility in McLean, Virginia, that focuses on highway technologies that help make driving safer and smarter.
Tags: Infrastructure, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, Highway Funding, Self-Driving Vehicles, President Obama
Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
July 9, 2014
An article in DC Velocity says domestic intermodal "appears to have come of age." Deborah Lockridge looks at the issue in her "All That's Trucking" blog.
Tags: Intermodal, Shippers
Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
July 8, 2014
Tree branches batter top nose rails and corner caps of trailers because they snag on the sharp channels. Tom Berg talks to one fleet manager who found curved surfaces up there let the branches slide past harmlessly.
Tags: Vehicle Damage, Hyundai Translead, Trailers, Dry Vans
Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
July 7, 2014
Chinese truckers talk about how trucks have changed in their country over the past two decades during Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's visit to a "truck park" near Shanghai.
Tags: Drivers, China, Truckstops, Global
Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)
July 2, 2014
Tom Berg spots an unusual trailer lighting system on the road. Grote LED light bars need only three pigtails to connect to the sealed wiring harness, reducing the chances for corrosion and electrical failures, he explains in his Trailer Talk blog.
Tags: Trailers, Fontaine, Grote, Lighting, LEDs, Flatbed Trailers
Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
July 1, 2014
This amusing video surfaced on YouTube recently. In his On the Road blog, Jim Park compares it to a parable of sorts about glass houses and throwing stones. In this case, the bad guy had the humility to admit he was wrong, but it doesn't always go so smoothly.
Tags: CSA, Citation, DataQ, Drivers, Law Enforcement
Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
June 23, 2014
A single 100-watt solar panel keeps the trailer's four Group 31 batteries charged and the liftgate operating reliably.
Tags: Trailers, Idle Reduction, Reefers, eNow, Solar Charging
Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
June 16, 2014
The Transportation Safety Equipment Institute reports that its member companies are seeing an increase in requests to add innovative lighting devices, and questions arise about their legality. Senior Editor Tom Berg takes a closer look in his Trailer Talk blog.
Tags: Lighting, Auxiliary Lighting, Transportation Safety Equipment Institute, Truck-Lite, Peterson Manufacturing, Trailers, Safety, Regulations
Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
May 14, 2014
A driver was caught on video recently in a hair-raising battle with a prairie wind. And this time the driver won.
Tags: Drivers, Weather, Rollovers
Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)
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)
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