On Slick Pavement, ‘The Sliding Wheel Wants to Lead’

Whichever wheels are skidding on a tractor-trailer will want to get in front and take the rest of the rig with it.

ABS is supposed to prevent jackknifes, but somestimes can't when pavement's icy, as on this freeway in the Northeast a few weeks ago.

February 24, 2017

When encountering a slick road, it’s a real good idea to test the brakes to see how the rig behaves. Then you'll know what to expect in a real application.

Tags: Driver Safety, Safety, ABS

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, February 24, 2017 9:03 AM | » Comments(0)

Old Sayings Apply While Driving Through Bad Weather

Slow way down in blinding conditions? Sure, but not so suddenly that you get rear-ended. Even better, park the truck in a safe place and wait out the storm.

Maybe that container simply had to get there no matter what. But now its contents have been badly shaken up in this tipover.

February 16, 2017

Fog and whiteouts caused by blowing snow can often be anticipated by considering the time of the year and what regularly happens along certain stretches of roadway.

Tags: Driver Safety, Weather, Safety, Weather Alerts

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:01 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

The Twin 33s Idea Returns. Will It Fly This Time?

Revival might be riding on enthusiasm over President Trump’s pro-business beliefs and his promise to improve America’s infrastructure.

A pair of 33-foot pups would have 10 feet more floor space for cargo than a set of 28s, as the labels on this concept trailer show. And two 33s would have 13 more feet than a single 53-foot van. Will truckload shippers demand their use?  Photo: Tom Berg

February 8, 2017

A pair of longer pups would haul more than two 28-footers, so LTL carriers and shippers are in favor. But truckload carriers still want no part of them.

Tags: fleet management, Productivity, Trailers, TCA, Double Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:13 AM | » Comments(3)

Will Driver Misclassification Issues Ease Under Trump Administration?

Independent contractors operating at ports, like the Port of Long Beach, are challenging their status. Photo: Jim Park

February 7, 2017

What will happen to the battle over the alleged "misclassification" of owner-operator truck drivers under our new Republican administration? Deborah Lockridge has some insight in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: drivers, Legal, Independent Contractors

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:39 PM | » Comments(0)

House Transpo Committee Boldly Goes Online

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 6, 2017

Despite its ultra-wonky clunkiness, “infrastructure” is a word that keeps right on trending hard inside the Beltway.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 6, 2017 2:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Tanker Crashes, Driver Dies, Road Damaged, But a Fair News Story

"Tanker trucks hauling food, fuel and chemicals are part of the backbone of the economy. To some people, though, they are a growing danger." That's called even-handedness.

News report of a recent fatal tanker crash painted a sympathetic picture of the truck driver who was killed and explored the sometimes dangerous world of transporting hazardous materials.  Photo: Tom Berg, from WCMH-TV news video

January 31, 2017

We we might never know why the rig hit the guardrail, because as the story said, the truck and any evidence, electronic or otherwise, were destroyed in the fire.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Hazardous Materials, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2017 5:04 PM | » Comments(1)

Who's to Blame in This RR Crossing Wreck?

Remember, “Stop, look and listen”? It's still a good idea for any driver.

The gates came down after the wreck. And what a mess! Note that the impact yanked the fifth wheel off the tractor's frame. That means the fifth wheel's jaws hung onto the lead trailer's kingpin.

January 26, 2017

Newscasters focused on the non-working crossing lights and gates. But shouldn't the truck driver have looked for a train? Tom Berg has more in Trailer Talk.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Railroads

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:23 AM | » Comments(1)

The Not-So-New Capitol Hill Players…

Photo: Architect of the Capitol

January 13, 2017

How the Trump Presidency ultimately pans out, of course, remains to be seen. But a key influence on how well the 45th President might succeed as an agent of change is as clear as the electoral-college vote— the GOP establishment still holds sway on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 13, 2017 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

The Steel Box That Changed Global Logistics

Did you know a trucking entrepreneur invented the modern shipping container?

Container ship at the Port of Long Beach. Photo: Jim Park

January 9, 2017

A dockworker from the 1950s would not recognize a modern cargo port, where huge gantries move steel boxes full of cargo from all over the world between ships, trains, and trucks. Deborah Lockridge has more in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Intermodal, In the Media, Ports, Trucking History

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2017 5:14 AM | » Comments(0)

Chao Seen as Shoo-in for DOT Chief

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January 6, 2017

Of all those nominated to hold high government positions so far by President-elect Trump, Elaine Chao is the most likely to breeze through confirmation by the Senate.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 6, 2017 2:18 PM | » Comments(0)

7 Rules to Watch in ‘17

President-elect Trump speaking during the election campaign. Image:<br />

December 29, 2016

Donald Trump has yet to be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, so it's still far too soon to confidently predict how his stated goal of reducing the federal regulation of American business will be met in 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:12 PM | » Comments(0)

FMCSA Administrator Gets Glimpse of Life on the Road

Administrator Scott Darling and professional driver, Stephanie Klang. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking

December 12, 2016

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling last week got a taste of life on the road when he went for a ride with Women In Trucking Association’s Stephanie Klang, a professional driver for truckload carrier CFI based in Joplin, Missouri.

Tags: FMCSA, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 5:34 PM | » Comments(0)

Lessons of Water Win Could Pave Way for Highway Victory

Leadership, willingness to negotiate, and dealing in hard facts helped steer a major water infrastructure bill through Congress. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

December 12, 2016

When trucking advocates push for an extensive highway bill on Capitol Hill next year, they will at least have a proven roadmap to consult.

Tags: Highway Funding, AASHTO, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 2:29 PM | » Comments(0)

Helping Others Isn't Limited to the Holidays

Braydon Martin is all smiles in a Make-A-Wish Convoy truck. (Photo courtesy RoadPro Family of Brands)

December 8, 2016

When Brayton Martin gets behind the wheel of a semi in the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy, anyone within earshot knows it. He lays on the horn. The longer and louder, the better. Learn more about how truckers helped this little boy in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Make-A-Wish, Trucking's image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Volvo Does it Again With Paraglider Video

November 29, 2016

In Volvo's latest promotional stunt video, the goal is to maintain a precise speed that allows pro paraglider Guillaume Galvani to stay in flight behind the Volvo FH rig on a highway in the Croatian Alps.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, In the Media, Automated Manual Transmissions, global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:52 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)

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)

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)


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