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Truck Racing Returns

May 22, 2015

After nearly a month since its inaugural event, big rig racing -- returning to the U.S. after a 22-year hiatus -- is heating up with race events two weekends in a row.

Tags: Meritor, ChampTruck, Racing

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucks Turn Out for Make-A-Wish Convoy

Photo: Make-A-Wish

May 11, 2015

Thousands of spectators lined the roads in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area as hundreds of truckers (and some unusual other vehicles) took part in the annual Make-A-Wish Mother's Day Truck Convoy.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Image, Make-A-Wish

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 11, 2015 1:48 PM | » Comments(0)

Piggyback Equipment at Pennsylvania’s Toy Train Museum

Trucks, on the road or on flatcars, are often part of model railroads, as Senior Editor Tom Berg found at the Toy Train Museum.

Photos: Tom Berg

May 7, 2015

There was a time when railroads were in the motor transport business, as their parent companies recognized that freight was being grabbed by fast, flexible long-haul trucks and they might as well grab some of the revenue.

Tags: Piggybacking, Trailers, Museums

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:29 AM | » Comments(0)

Finding the Missing Truth

Photo by Brian Turner via Creative Commons License<br /><br />

May 5, 2015

A trucker rear-ends a car at 50 mph in broad daylight on a nearly deserted Interstate highway, killing a 10-year-old child and injuring others in the car. Slam-dunk win for the plaintiff, right?

Tags: Litigation

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:10 PM | » Comments(1)

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, Safety, Rollovers

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

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Local Media and Trucking

April 30, 2015

From a happy trucking couple to a one-sided "investigation" of cheating on logbooks, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look at a few of the local stories covering trucking this week in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, In the Media, ELDs, Hours of Service, Safety

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

A Personalized Approach to Driver Training

April 29, 2015

Drivers needing CDL training (and the fleets that employ them) in Lincoln, Ill., have a new option in town. Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Driver Training, Illinois

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:07 AM | » Comments(0)

EkoStinger: A Different Way to Beat the Wind

An arrow-shaped aero device diverts wind away from the tandem, while a covering of the frame rails and crossmembers reduces turbulence there.

Photo via Eko Stinger

April 28, 2015

Unlike most skirts that are stationary, the stinger moves with the tandem as it’s slid fore and aft, so it smooths air flow no matter where the tandem is set, said the system’s inventor.

Tags: Trailers, Side Skirts, Aerodynamics, Fuel Efficiency

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:53 AM | » Comments(1)

Right Place, Right Railroads Help ‘Cool’ Intermodal Shipments

Sometimes intermodal shipping works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Photo courtesy Tiger Cool Express

April 20, 2015

Senior Editor Tom Berg explores why one intermodal refrigerated operation is expanding, in contrast to another that is suing railroads in blame for its demise, in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Drayage, Tiger Cool Express

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Too Fast for Your Tires?

Truck speeds above 75 mpg can compromise tires, but that&#39;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)

Founders of Failed ‘Cold Train’ Blame BNSF Railway, Sue for $41 Million

Cold Train containers being handled at the Port of Quincy&#39;s BNSF intermodal rail line. Photo courtesy Port of Quincy.

April 7, 2015

Claims made by Cold Train founders in their $41 million suit, announced on Tuesday, illustrate how the railroads, like truckers, can’t handle all the business being thrown at them.

Tags: Trailers, Lawsuits, Intermodal, Reefers, BNSF

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:46 PM | » Comments(0)

Price and Weight Comparisons: Steel, Combo and Aluminum

Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS.

Photo: Tom Berg

March 31, 2015

Different buyers have different considerations, which is why trailer manufacturers offer the three different types. Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS.

Tags: Manac Inc., Trailers, Aluminum

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:09 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

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)

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)

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