All That's Trucking

Carriers in the Driver's Seat for Shippers Looking for Preferred Status

July 22, 2014

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge says her inbox delivered a sure sign that there's a capacity crunch -- advice to help shippers get "preferred" status at motor carriers.

Tags: Transplace, Shippers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

President Touts Smart Highways and Vehicles in Infrastructure Push

July 16, 2014

Tuesday, President Obama took a quick trip across the Potomac to visit the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a facility in McLean, Virginia, that focuses on highway technologies that help make driving safer and smarter.

Tags: Infrastructure, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, Highway Funding, Self-Driving Vehicles, President Obama

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Growth of Rail Intermodal

July 9, 2014

An article in DC Velocity says domestic intermodal "appears to have come of age." Deborah Lockridge looks at the issue in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Intermodal, Shippers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

A Chat with Chinese Truckers at a Shell Roadshow Near Shanghai

Chinese trucks are larger, more powerful and more comfortable than they used to be. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

July 7, 2014

Chinese truckers talk about how trucks have changed in their country over the past two decades during Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's visit to a "truck park" near Shanghai.

Tags: Drivers, China, Truckstops, global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver Shortage: Already Over the Cliff?

One fleet manager is reporting signs of an extreme driver shortage in his area.

(Photo by Jim Park)

July 1, 2014

One fleet manager says the driver shortage is even worse than is publicly being reported, with rates going through the roof on some lanes, because both fleets and shippers want to maintain a competitive advantage.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Freight Rates

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Should the Government Increase Minimum Insurance Coverage Requirements?

June 13, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it's time to raise motor carrier insurance minimums. This week the House of Representatives said, not so fast. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at some of the pros and cons in her All That's Trucking Blog.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. Congress

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Bad Timing, Tracy Morgan Media Frenzy Bad News for Restart Opponents

Comedian Tracy Morgan in a 2009 photo by David Shankborn via Wikimedia Commons.

June 11, 2014

The crash that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his vehicle has generated a media frenzy about last week's move to suspend a controversial portion of the new hours of service regulations. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at the situation in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, Fatigue, In the Media, Image, 34 Hour Restart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

I Came to an Engine Teardown and Learned About Barbecue

Robert Smith from Pitt's and Spitt's shows off BBQ brisket waiting for lunch in the custom-made Shell Rotella rolling barbecue pit.

May 14, 2014

So what do engine oil and competition pit barbecue have in common? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge finds out for her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Engines, Engine Oil

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

One Fleet's Quest for Fuel Savings

A peek at the strategy behind Mesilla Valley Transportation's high mpg numbers

Aerodynamic TrailerTails are just part of an exhaustive fuel-economy spec at Mesilla Valley Transportation. Note the wheel covers.

May 9, 2014

Royal Jones was an 18-year-old truck driver when he founded a trucking company in 1981 with truck mechanic Jimmy Ray. The two, who also were race car drivers, Webb said, "were early on obsessed with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency."

Tags: Fuel Economy, Fleets, Aerodynamics, Mesilla Valley Transportation

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Dangerous Byproduct of the Energy Boom

And we're not talking about flaming water faucets.

Special fracking sand is just one of the items transported by truck into and out of the shale fields.

May 6, 2014

Fracking may be a boom opportunity for trucking fleets carrying water, sand, chemicals and other supplies to the oil and natural gas fields, but all those trucks cause problems on area roads.

Tags: Accidents, Safety, Image, Fracking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What Happens When Highway Funding Runs Out During an Election Year?

House Speaker John Boehner faces a daunting task getting House committees and the factions of the Republican Party to all work together to get a highway funding bill passed. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

May 1, 2014

Remember the "fiscal cliff" and what a political fiasco that was? Well, a major political news and analysis website is predicting that dealing with the highway funding crisis in an election year is going to be just as bad.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Politics, Infrastructure Funding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Helping Truckers Break the Law

April 28, 2014

In the weeks before the Mid-America Trucking Show, our email is awash with invitations from companies who are introducing new products and want to set up an appointment to talk about it. One such invitation got Deborah Lockridge hot under the collar.

Tags: Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Speeding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(9)

Are You Staying on Top of Your Fuel Invoices?

April 22, 2014

Are you concerned about the accuracy of your fuel invoices? If you are, you have plenty of company, according to one recent survey.

Tags: Fuel Cards, FuelQuest, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What to Do About Fifth Wheel Grease

I bet this is one question you never saw on "Hints from Heloise."

April 16, 2014

Here's one question you probably never saw answered in the syndicated newspaper column "Hints from Heloise."

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucker Buddy Boy Scout Event Big Success at MATS

April 10, 2014

Deborah Lockridge follows up on a special event at the Mid-America Trucking Show, where more than 200 Boy Scouts earned a badge about truck transportation.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, Image, Mid-America Trucking Show, Boy Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Past and Future Mingle at MATS

Optimus Prime offered a sneak peak at the newest Western Star. Photo: Evan Lockridge

April 7, 2014

Where in the same exhibit hall could you see a stagecoach, a 1964 White Freightliner cabover, an '85 Dodge Ram and a sleek Jetsons-like tractor-trailer with a carbon fiber trailer? Deborah Lockridge explains in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Cummins, Western Star, Fuel Economy, Bendix, Walmart, Mid-America Trucking Show

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Boy Scouts, Trucker Buddy Team up for Trucking Image at MATS

March 24, 2014

If you are at the Mid-America Trucking Show on Saturday, you may see a lot of Boy Scout uniforms. Find out why in Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, Image, Mid-America Trucking Show, Boy Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver Has a Lot to Sing About (Video)

March 21, 2014

The Mid-America Trucking Show is next week, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog, which means lots of invitations to visit various booths at the Louisville show. One of the most unusual has been the opportunity to meet with a "celebrity in the making," Brad James.

Tags: Drivers, Mid-America Trucking Show

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Showcasing the Life of a Diesel Tech

March 19, 2014

Dealers and fleets share a common problem -- finding and keeping qualified technicians. One dealer has developed a series of online videos, or webisodes, designed to showcase diesel technician as a career opportunity.

Tags: Dealers, Technicians

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Taking the Infrastructure Message to the Streets

March 17, 2014

As the federal government struggles to figure out how to fund the nation's infrastructure, states are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. One group in Iowa is pushing state legislators to act.

Tags: Taxes, Iowa, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Could Growing Popularity of Intermodal Actually Mean Fewer Drays?

March 4, 2014

While some trucking companies have added short-haul rail intermodal dray services to their mix of options, some shippers are looking to cut down the amount they spend on drayage by building distribution centers right alongside rail facilities.

Tags: Intermodal, Shippers, Railroads

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

When Goals Don’t Make Sense

February 28, 2014

At our company, it’s annual review time. Part of the process involves setting goals for the coming year, which are supposed to be “attainable with a stretch” – challenging, but reachable.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, ATA, HOS

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Love's Marks 50 Years by Giving Back to Community

February 20, 2014

Corporate anniversaries are often marked with special parties for employees, customers and communities. But Love's celebrated its 50th anniversary on Valentine's day with hundreds of employees volunteering in the community.

Tags: Charity, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Image, Community Outreach

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Recruiting Women Drivers: Trucking as a Career Choice

These ads were judged some of the best at attracting women drivers.

February 11, 2014

The under-representation of women in the trucking industry is a special interest of Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, whether it's behind the wheel or in the board room. Her "All That's Trucking" blog post highlights three companies who are actively recruiting women drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Mid-America Trucking Show, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Snow and Social Media

February 5, 2014

Twitter and Facebook are a valuable way of sharing information that becomes especially apparent in the hazardous winter weather we've been facing, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Twitter, Winter

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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Deborah Lockridge

Editor in Chief

Truck journalist 21 years, joined us in 1998. Plans and coordinates editorial, specializes in maintenance, drivers and fleet operations.

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