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Out-of-Control Doubles Make Spectacular Video

On black ice, all the anti-lock braking systems in the western world can't do much to control a multi-trailer combination.

The truck had gone over the divider by this point coming to rest, only moments before being struck from behind.

January 26, 2015

This video is so graphic that parts of it, shot by a motorist along Interstate 95 in New Jersey, were picked up by ABC and CBS in their evening newscasts one day last week. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Tags: Safety, Fleet Safety, Double-trailers, Black Ice

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 1:47 PM | » Comments(0)

Article Explores One Doctor's Foray into Truckstop Medicine

January 20, 2015

All That's Trucking: The latest blog post looks at how an old-fashioned country doctor is serving drivers at a Virginia truckstop.

Tags: Driver Health, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:54 PM | » Comments(0)

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)

This Trailer’s Smoking Brake Was a Nose Full

Can't he see that smoke? Can't he feel the trailer dragging against his tractor? Apparently not.

Brake smoke from this trailer's tandem is too faint to be seen by the camera. But if it had a nose it would've squaked. Photo: Tom Berg

January 14, 2015

Senior Editor Tom Berg tries to warn a driver of a burning brake, but without success. Moral: Check the equipment you're driving.

Tags: Brakes, Truck Drivers, Vehicle Inspection

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:23 PM | » Comments(0)

Highway Funding and the Death of Common Sense

Last month, two Representatives issued a bipartisan call for a bill to raise the fuel tax.

January 9, 2015

This week, the price of crude oil dipped below $50 a barrel and gasoline prices averaged a little over $2 a gallon. It's the perfect time to do the common-sense thing and raise the federal fuel tax, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure, Highway Trust Fund

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, January 9, 2015 9:31 AM | » Comments(1)

Why Can't Those 3 Upper ID Lights Be Mounted Low?

They'd be safer to reach for repairs, but they're up there for some good reasons.

On the move, they're still visible -- and more artsy. Photo by Jim Park

January 8, 2015

The three identification lights at the top-rear of the trailer, mounted around the center line of the vehicle, are to alert following drivers that the vehicle equipped with these lights is wider than 80 inches.

Tags: Regulations, Safety, Trailers, Lighting

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:15 PM | » Comments(0)

Photographer Captures 6 a.m. at a Nashville Truckstop

Turbo, Sassy, and Wizard. Photo by Stacey Irvin

January 8, 2015

Do you see the beauty of 6 a.m. at a truckstop? This Nashville photographer does, and captures it for the public to see.

Tags: Nashville, In the Media, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Can You Come up With a Better Safety Slogan for DOT Highway Signs?

Photo: Tennessee DOT

January 5, 2015

Some state safety agencies, realizing the same old tired safety warnings just make drivers' eyes glaze over, have been turning to some more creative wording for their safety campaigns. Deborah Lockridge has more in her "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Safety, Tennessee

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 5, 2015 10:57 AM | » Comments(3)

5 Fantastic Future Truck Technologies

Let's just call 2014 the Year of the Future Truck

Walmart's WAVE concept turned heads at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: HDT Staff

December 30, 2014

For trucking journalists and technology junkies, 2014 was a year that offered tantalizing glimpses of a sci-fi trucking future that may not be too far off. Deborah Lockridge looks at five reasons 2014 was "the year of the future" in trucking.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Walmart, ZF, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 3:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Hess Toy Trucks Awaken Positive Memories

Since 1964 the gas stations have sold Hess Toy Trucks in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so this year is the 50th anniversary of the tradition.

Michael Roberto and a Hess Toy Truck -- a tanker.

December 23, 2014

Since 1964 Hess has sold Toy Trucks in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so this year is the 50th anniversary of the tradition. Since Hess is closing its filling stations in a few months the 2014 truck will be the last that can be bought in person.

Tags: Trailers, Tankers, Toy Trucks

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:00 AM | » Comments(0)

A. Duie Pyle Bolsters Fleet of Heated, Insulated Vans for Winter

Pyle has added 80 of the special trailers, augmenting its existing pool of more than 400 such units. Most are 48-by-102s for road and city service.

Great Dane built Pyle's latest heated and insulated vans, like the one shown here in warmer days.

December 10, 2014

Some carriers turn away temperature-sensitive freight during cold snaps. But Pyle has equipment and facilities to handle it, and the business has grown.

Tags: Great Dane, Wabash National, Heaters, Insulated van, Vans, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:00 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)

Trucking Lost Faith in Anne Ferro — But Replacement Could Be Worse

Almost from the day she took office, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro became a lightning rod for all the ill will on both sides of trucking's fence.

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)

NTSB Spreads the Skagit Bridge Blame, Soft-pedals the Real Problem

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)

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