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Rolling Along Toward Autonomous Trucks

A disguised version of the Future Truck 2025 in a demonstration last year on a closed portion of German autobahn. Photo courtesy Daimler Trucks.

August 31, 2015

Several news reports in the past week indicate that progress is being made on the road to autonomous commercial trucks.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Europe, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 31, 2015 10:27 AM | » Comments(0)

NYT Op-Ed Attacks Trucking Industry – From the Inside

August 28, 2015

"The Trucks are Killing Us." The latest diatribe from an anti-truck group? No, it's an op-ed piece in the New York Times by a longtime former trucking editor. Deborah Lockridge writes about it in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 28, 2015 1:45 PM | » Comments(1)

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

Computational fluid analysis interpreted air flow over the trailer panels’ surfaces, finding some drag produced by rivet heads.

As trailer aerodynamics improve, the small amount caused by air flow over sidewall surfaces will become more important. Art via Lord Corp.

August 26, 2015

Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Ladies, Gentlemen; Please Meet THE Dumbest Truck Driver in the World

YouTube screen capture

August 24, 2015

You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?

Tags: driver safety, driver behavior

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | » Comments(11)

Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving

You’d think the woman driving the van would’ve seen the rig sitting there with its tail and marker lights on, and its red-and-white reflectors aglow from her van’s headlights.

In spite of the underride, the van's driver door opened and the motorist removed that way. Photo: Tom Berg, image via WCMH-TV

August 14, 2015

Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Underride Guard

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, August 14, 2015 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

CB Radios Then and Now

A scene from the movie "Convoy."

August 11, 2015

Unlike VCRs, eight-track tapes and flip phones, CB radios are still a valuable tool. Deborah Lockridge takes a trip down memory lane in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: In the Media, History

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:06 AM | » Comments(1)

United Technologies Execs Tackle Food Waste Problem

One-third of all food produced goes to waste. If it weren't, it's possible that nobody would go hungry.

Proceeds from book sales will be donated to food charities, UTC says. Art via United Technologies

August 5, 2015

“If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States." Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog looks at a new book on food waste whose authors are with the parent company of Carrier Transicold

Tags: Carrier Transicold, Food Production, Food Transport

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 5, 2015 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Daredevil Shatters Record with 166-foot Truck Jump

Photo courtesy of Mike Ryan Motor Sports.

July 28, 2015

Equipment Editor Jim Park, can think of a lot of things he'd like to do in a big truck, but jumping over a 160-foot abyss isn't one of them. In his 'On the Road' blog he explains he'll gladly leave that to the professionals.

Tags: Freightliner, In the Media

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Media Roundup: A Cold Case, Record Stunt Jump and More

July 28, 2015

Deborah Lockridge shares stories from local media that provide a pleasant break from the usual fare of tractor-trailer wrecks, lawsuits and anti-truck editorials.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailer Weight Cutting Suggestions Total 2,500 Pounds

How many of these items are usable in your van trailers?

Aluminum crossmembers instead of steel can save 203 pounds in a van or reefer, according to ICCT's list. Another 430 pounds can be slashed by using aluminum in the upper coupler assembly, but the kingpin remains steel. Photo: Tom Berg

July 22, 2015

While poring through more than 1,300 pages of proposed regulations, staffers found themselves immersed in details of trailer design, including weight reduction.

Tags: Trailers, Size and Weight, Regulations, GHG

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Containers Get Second Lives as Homes, Offices, Warehouses

These steel boxes are exceptionally strong, fire resistant and weatherproof, and deserve to be repurposed instead of going to scrap.

Photo by Tom Berg

July 17, 2015

Containers are made of heavy gauge steel and make excellent structural components. And they’re far cheaper and “greener” than buying traditional materials like lumber for that purpose.

Tags: Intermodal, Containers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 17, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Were Those Old Trucks Really as Good as We Remember?

Still one of my favorites, this example, a 1980 International Transtar Eagle, belongs to Steve Constantin of Hamilton, Ontario. Photo by Jim Park

July 9, 2015

A weekend at an antique and classic truck show opens up the floodgates and the memories of 20 years on the road come flooding back. Equipment Editor Jim Park makes a few seat-of-the-pants comparisons of the truck he used to drive to the trucks we're driving today.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Classic Truck, History, Cabovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:10 AM | » Comments(3)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hitches a Ride in 18-Wheeler

July 6, 2015

Fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. got a peek into life on the road in the cab of a big rig last week as the NASCAR driver tweeted about riding to the Daytona race in the passenger seat of one of the race team's haulers.

Tags: NASCAR, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 6, 2015 8:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Sometimes it's Driver Error; Sometimes it's an Optical Illusion

Illustration via WSBTV

May 4, 2015

We all know some freeway off-ramp bends are too tight, but we sort of expect that. When the mainline of the highway has too tight a turn it can be shocking. All the more so when your eyes tell you the road is straight ...

Tags: Truck Drivers, Interstate, Rollovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, May 4, 2015 9:03 AM | » Comments(1)

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(2)

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