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Inventor of Flip-Type Placards Retires at Age 95

Abe Samuels devised an easy way for carriers to display proper hazmat labels for many types of dangerous goods.

June 21, 2016

It was a challenge when a carrier transported a mixed load of various dangerous goods that needed to be identified. Today there are nine categories of hazards with 24 divisions among them.

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Hazmat, Labelmaster

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:08 AM | » Comments(0)

Earthquakes, Highways and Washington State

Damaged portion of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) at Gavin Canyon after California's Northridge earthquake in 1994. By Robert A. Eplett from the FEMA Photo Library.

June 21, 2016

As if we didn't have enough to worry about when it comes to our crumbling infrastructure and how it holds up to everyday traffic, in Washington State they're asking the question: What happens if there's a major earthquake? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Natural Disaster

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:29 AM | » Comments(0)

7 Clues That Game of Thrones is Really About Hazmat Shipping

June 16, 2016

Like the many battles on the television show Game of Thrones, it also can be a battle to correctly and compliantly ship Dangerous Goods and hazardous materials. Find out why in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Hazmat

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:56 PM | » Comments(2)

Lift Gate Trailers Can Load Normally with New 'Lok' Device

Jeffrey Soule perfected his Liftgate-Lok over months of designing and testing. Its bar "fought the Dok Lok to a tie," he declared.

Liftgates do not have a place that dock restraints can grab onto, so many safety-minded shippers will not load them. This greatly cuts backhauling opportunities.

June 13, 2016

Lift gates cannot mate to dock restraints because they lack attachment points for the hooks, so shippers won't load the trailers, until now. Tom Berg has the details in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Lift Gates, Dock Restraints

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 13, 2016 6:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Tanker Fleet Manager Praises Air Disc Brakes

June 10, 2016

Jim Fox, a manager at aviation-fuel-hauler Pinnacle Express, is a strong believer in disc brakes. This mechanic and million-mile former driver declares that drum brakes are "obsolete." Read more in Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: SAF-Holland, Liquid Tank Trailers, Air Disc Brakes

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 10, 2016 7:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Connectivity Step by Step

Daimler's latest advance in connectivity and autonomous technologies, Highway Pilot Connect, prepares for autonomous platooning earlier this year in Germany. Photo: Daimler Trucks.

June 10, 2016

There’s a lot of buzz around “connectivity” in commercial vehicles, including how connectivity plays into autonomous driving technologies. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge writes about the steps to get there in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Fleet Forum, MATS, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, June 10, 2016 7:07 AM | » Comments(0)

Whoa, How'd This Rig Hold Together?

It seems amazing that the tractor stayed hanging there instead of breaking loose and falling onto the street below. But fifth wheels and trailer kingpins are very strong.

Strong coupling mechanisms supported the tractor and kept it from falling onto the street below. Photos: Tom Berg, from ABC World News Tonight

June 1, 2016

There are no federal government or SAE strength requirements, so standards were set by the marketplace, and now by European rules.

Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Fifth Wheels

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailer Aero Devices Help Save 1 mpg, Manager Says

Air Tabs vortex generators and Laydon side skirts smooth air flow and make trailers easier to pull.

Latest tractrors are streamlined Peterbilt 579s. They average 7.7 mpg while pulling Great Dane and Utility vans with full aerodynamic equipment.

May 24, 2016

“All you have to do is ride a motorcycle behind the trailers to notice the difference” between aero and bare trailers, says John Drake, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast. Learn more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Aerodynamics, Fuel Economy, Trailer Skirts

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:18 PM | » Comments(2)

Of Spuds, Sleep, and Faulty Statistics

Screen capture from WSOC via ABCnews.com

May 9, 2016

An accident that closed I-77 in North Carolina illustrates how driver fatigue is a problem that is a lot more complex than just creating regulations saying when truckers can and can’t drive — and how enforcement sometimes erroneously targets truckers in the name of safety.

Tags: North Carolina, Hours of Service, Driver Fatigue, Truck Parking, Enforcement, Road Crashes

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 9, 2016 2:26 PM | » Comments(16)

High School Students to Compete Alongside the Best Truck Drivers in Maine

Maine may be the only state to have a truck driving championship for high school students.

Coverage of the April 13 competition from WABI TV 5.

May 3, 2016

In Maine, several vocational schools teach high-school students how to drive -- and the best of them will get to show off their skills later this month as part of the state driving championship.

Tags: Driver Training, National Truck Driving Championships, Driver Shortage, Maine, Truck Driving Schools

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 3, 2016 2:26 PM | » Comments(3)

Could House Caucus Drive Forward Self-Driving Trucks?

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

April 29, 2016

Although the makeup of its initial members as well as its stated goals strongly suggest its main focus will be on benefiting the auto industry, the new bipartisan House Smart Transportation Caucus may also help put autonomous trucks on the nation’s highway.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2016 1:15 PM | » Comments(0)

Some Shippers Serve Up a Different Take on Green

The Jolly Green Giant of General Mills Image: generalmills.com

April 8, 2016

Eleven natural food suppliers plus outdoors outfitter Patagonia are urging the proposed Phase 2 round of GHG/MPG standards be tightened and sped up.

Tags: Phase 2 GHG Proposals, EPA, NHTSA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Leaky Roofs, Plugged DPFs and a Rainbow of Coolants: TMC Tackles them All

Photo by Jim Park

March 3, 2016

What we learn from sessions like TMC's Fleet Forum is that you probably aren't the only truck owner having a particular problem. It puts the boots to the oft-heard comment from dealers, "Gee, I've never heard that one before."

Tags: TMC, DPF, Heavy Duty Coolants, Antifreeze, Maintenance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Cosmo and the Woman Trucker

Rusty Dow, a Corps truck driver, traversed the Alaska Highway during the 1940s. Image: Army Corps of Engineers

February 9, 2016

Cosmopolitan is not where most would-be truckers will turn for advice on launching a career behind the wheel.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women Drivers

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Highway Trust Fund Run Dry in 5 Years?

The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the end of 2021.

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 8, 2016

A new projections from the Congressional Budget Office about where the Highway Trust Fund will be by the end of 2021 illustrates the inherent flaw in how Congress chose to fund the FAST Act. David Cullen explores the ramifications in his "Passing Zone" blog.

Tags: Congress, Congressional Budget Office, AASHTO, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Whole Lotta Leasin' Goin' On

TRALA member firms own one of every four Class 2-8 commercial trucks now on the road. Image: TRALA

January 11, 2016

Anyone who knows trucking knows an awful lot of the trucks running around this big country are not owned by the company whose name is stenciled on the truck’s door or emblazoned, logo and all, along the side. Maybe even more than you think, says David Cullen in his latest Passing Zone blog post.

Tags: Leasing, TRALA, Truck Rental

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, January 11, 2016 2:15 PM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

Life with ELDs will be an easy transition for some, not so easy for others. Photo by Jim Park.

December 10, 2015

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | » Comments(1)

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(13)

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)

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(5)

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