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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)

Near High Street in Hicksville, Ohio, is a Really LOW Overpass

Follow the Truck Route or you'll be in trouble.

Here's one warning, but there's a way around it for a driver pulling a tall van trailer.

February 10, 2015

Sometimes, following the truck route is the only way to stay safe, as Senior Editor Tom Berg finds when he travels through a small town in Ohio.

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:00 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)

Metal Coils Snuggle Safely into Cradles on This Specialized Trailer

The heavy loads can't roll off because they're automatically blocked aboard.

Rubber-lined well accommodates big, heavy metal coils, which are usually strapped down. Sliding shelter covers the load.

January 30, 2015

Most truckers who haul heavy rolls of steel and other metals use flatbeds, but there’s a safer way, in the opinion of those who use Transcraft Coil Haulers. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Cargo Securement, Flatbed Trailers, Transcraft Trailers, Special Specs, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 1:00 PM | » Comments(0)

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 the New Jersey Turnpike, 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(2)

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)

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)

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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