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Wheels Bring 'Thrills' to the Delaware County Fair

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Large electric power generator is housed in a van trailer that's pulled from fair to fair by a late-'90s Volvo tractor that looks new. Gray box contains a transformer.

September 20, 2017

Youthful riders are unaware that their gut-churning rides are mounted on special trailer chassis. Tom Berg reflects in a visit to the fair in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Specialty Vehicles, Safety, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:30 AM | » Comments(0)

Ray of Hope: Trucking's Beacon of Fuel Efficiency

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Richard Branson (center) expounds on how trucking's mpg efforts are a "ray of hope" in the global campaign to save fuel and protect the planet from climate change. Looking on (right) is NACFE's Mike Roeth. Photo: David Cullen

September 19, 2017

David Cullen lets you in on why Sir Richard Branson is so excited about trucks these days.

Tags: NACFE, Run on Less, Fuel Efficiency, Carbon War Room, Richard Branson, Climate Change, CO2, Greenhouse Gases

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Can a Fleet of Many Colors Help Recruit and Retain Drivers?

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Plastic Express's fleet is so colorful it's been nicknamed the "jelly bean" fleet -- but its trucks are well known in the regions it runs. Photo: Plastic Express

September 13, 2017

In the quest to attract and retain drivers, these three trucking companies have found that a fleet of colorful tractors is one stepping stone on the path to success. Learn why in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Retention, Halvor Lines, Plastic Express

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:14 PM | » Comments(0)

Vehicles in Floodwater? Bendix Offers Servicing Tips

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Depending on water depth and time submerged, a truck or trailer might or might not be fit for service again.  Affected components must be dried out and inspected. Image: Screen capture from ABC News

September 13, 2017

If heavy trucks and trailers have been in relatively shallow water and circuitry and on-board computers are not damaged, they might still be serviceable. Not right away, though. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Maintenance, Flooding, Air Brakes, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:01 AM | » Comments(1)

Harvey Was One Thing, But Irma's Getting Personal

Blog Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Gasoline tankers are getting police escorts, like this one in Miami. Florida's governor has asked surrounding states to ease weight and driving-hour restrictions for tankers. Screen capture from ABC News

September 7, 2017

This monster has a female name but is no lady, what with sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts of more than 200. I've got relatives and friends in her path, and that's really scary, says Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk Blog.

Tags: Tankers, Storm Response, Safety, Hurricane Irma, Gasoline Tankers, Hurricane Harvey

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, September 7, 2017 11:08 PM | » Comments(0)

'High-Water Vehicles' Take Many Forms in Harvey Rescue Work

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Most civilian trucks, including this tractor that seems to be hitched to a drop-deck trailer, could not cope with Harvey's deep waters. As winds subsided, air boats joined outboard-motor-powered craft and helicopters in rescue efforts. Image: Screen capture, ABC News

August 31, 2017

Trucks perform vital work, but explosions at a chemical plant near Houston involved refrigerated trailers that stored temperature-sensitive compounds. Tom Berg also explores some of the various vehicles, including trailers, being used in relief efforts in this Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Trailers, Military Trucks, Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disaster, Disaster Relief

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:11 AM | » Comments(0)

In the Land Where Zero Wins

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

“Choose Your Ride” is literally a publicity vehicle. Wittily marked up by WisDOT as half State Patrol cruiser and half taxi, it’s an award-winning public-service ad warning against the danger and expense of drunk driving. Photo: Wisconsin DOT

August 24, 2017

David Cullen takes you to The Badger State, where the state DOT is determined to change the human culture around highway safety for the better, in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Highway Safety, Wisconsin, Highway Fatalities

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, August 24, 2017 2:34 PM | » Comments(0)

Thin-Walled Fuel Tanks Feed Another Fiery Truck Wreck

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tractor hits the barrier and begins a violent dismantling. Driver of the small white van really got an eyeful.

August 21, 2017

One news anchor thought it was a "tanker explosion." But the trailer was a lowboy, and the fire was fed only by the tractor's saddle tanks.

Tags: Accidents, Fuel Tanks, Safety, Fiery Wrecks

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, August 21, 2017 12:13 PM | » Comments(3)

The Race to 10 MPG

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Sharp Transport driver James Thorne is trying to get 10 mpg with Cumberland International's C10 demo truck. Photo: Sharp Transport

August 21, 2017

Last year, our annual special June fuel issue focused on the question of how feasible it was to hit 10 mpg in real-world operations, not a million-dollar concept SuperTruck. This summer, a couple of initiatives are putting that to the test.

Tags: Fuel Economy, NACFE, MPG

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 21, 2017 5:58 AM | » Comments(4)

Meritor Looks to Electrified Future

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Meritor CEO Jay Craig talks to CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer. Screen shot

August 10, 2017

Meritor, in the midst of a three-year push to unveil 20 significant new products as part of its growth strategy, is also looking to a not-so-distant future where electrification will be a major factor in commercial trucks.

Tags: Meritor, Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:04 AM | » Comments(0)

Unboxing New Volvo Truck Sets Records in More Ways Than One

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Photos: Volvo Trucks

August 4, 2017

What’s more compelling than watching someone walk between two moving big rigs on a highline? Watching a giggling curly-headed 3-year-old open the world’s biggest box to unveil a shiny new Volvo tractor-trailer, apparently.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 4, 2017 11:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Speed Kills — But You Can Help Stop It

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

“You can’t tackle our rising epidemic of roadway deaths without tackling speeding,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt, “and you can’t tackle speeding without the most current research. Speed kills." Photo: Minnesoto DOT/Julie Bottolfson

August 1, 2017

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board points an unwavering finger at the deadly toll that speeding by motorists keeps taking on our highways. Executive Editor David Cullen looks at the report in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB, Speeding

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, August 1, 2017 2:30 PM | » Comments(6)

How the Right Training Can Help Promote Trucking as a Profession

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge

July 26, 2017

Ongoing training is an important element of advancement in most professions. Yet all too often in our industry, truckers view training as punishment. Deborah Lockridge talks with one company about how online training can make a difference.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking and CSA Reform: The $64,000 Question

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: FMCSA

July 6, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen explains why even with a mandated report recommending reform, trucking should not expect any quick changes to FMCSA's CSA enforcement scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Vigillo, Donald Trump, TransComply

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:36 PM | » Comments(1)

Trump Sticks to Vague Infrastructure Script

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: U.S. DOT

June 7, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen gives his take on the latest words on infrastructure from President Trump.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED talk in Vancouver on April 29. Source: Twitter

May 2, 2017

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Terror by Truck: It's Happened Again

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unattended trucks could become instruments of destruction. Photo by Jim Park

April 7, 2017

Someone in Stockholm, Sweden, crashed a delivery truck into a crowded department store, killing at least three. It's been described as an act of terror, but it may also have been a crime of opportunity. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor Jim Park asks: Are we ready to prevent or defend against such an attack?

Tags: Cybersecurity, Terrorism

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 1:04 PM | » Comments(3)

Do You Have a Will?

It's far easier to get your will in order than it will be for your family to figure out your wishes after your gone without a will. Photo by Jim Park

February 9, 2017

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:14 PM | » Comments(0)

When Cummins Went to Indy

The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

August 10, 2016

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Cummins, Racing, History

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | » Comments(0)

Rodeo du Camion is a Trucking Event Like No Other

Photo: Jim Park

July 20, 2016

Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Canada, Rodeo du Camion

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | » Comments(1)

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