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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.

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Hazmat

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

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.

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. READ MORE

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

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

Of Spuds, Sleep, and Faulty Statistics

Screen capture from WSOC via ABCnews.com

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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)

Drivers at Risk for Mental Illness?

Photo: Flickr user Bjørn Bulthuis

"No matter the cause ... being involved in an accident can leave lasting mental scars. Being in a wreck—or even seeing one—can cause enough stress and anxiety to become a diagnosable mental illness, like acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)." Read more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Driver Health

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:20 AM | » Comments(3)

Bernie Sanders vs. Trucks – and the Importance of Context

Bernie Sanders may need a little education on the essentiality of trucks, but contrary to what you may have heard, he's not calling for a ban. HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Railroads, Politics, Climate Change

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:49 PM | » Comments(10)

The Infrastructure of Autonomous Vehicles

Freightliner's Inspiration Truck uses lane markings to keep the truck in the lane.

With all the buzz about the future of connected vehicles and driverless cars and trucks, there's an important component that needs to be addressed, and that's the infrastructure these vehicles need to interact with. READ MORE

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9:26 AM | » Comments(1)

Another Example Showing Tolls Aren't the Answer to Highway Funding

News out of Texas is a perfect example of why turning to toll roads and public-private partnerships is not the answer to the highway funding dilemma. READ MORE

Tags: Texas, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Toll Roads

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 4, 2016 6:24 AM | » Comments(0)

How Changes in Retailing Are Driving Changes in Logistics

In the future, delivery drones may be added to the last-mile logistics mix as well. Photo: Amazon

Consumer expectations for last-mile, same-day and home delivery have drastically changed, thanks to the likes of Amazon and department stores that offer same day delivery and in-store pick up. Deborah Lockridge explores the topic with Descartes' Chris Jones in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Information Technology, E-commerce, Amazon.com, 3PL, Logistics, Descartes, Last Mile Delivery

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 22, 2016 2:58 PM | » Comments(0)

Misclassification Battle Continues at Ports

Photo: Ed Alfaro

Every few months, it seems, we report on a strike or protest at the ports about the alleged practice of "misclassifying" drivers as owner-operators rather than employees. Deborah Lockridge has the latest update on this issue in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Port Trucking, XPO Logistics, Independent Contractors, Drayage

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 9:09 AM | » Comments(0)

What Does a Skateboarder Have to do with CSA?

Tragic accident in Manhattan illustrates why crash accountability needs to be considered under CSA.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

A tragic accident illustrates why carriers want the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to include crash accountability. READ MORE

Tags: CSA, Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, January 15, 2016 2:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Girl Scout Cookie Distribution Goes High-Tech

Pallets of cookies awaiting distribution at Evans Distributiong. Photo: Evans

Girl Scout cookie sales have gone digital, and Detroit-based Evans Distribution Systems is handling the shipping for more than a million boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and more. Deborah Lockridge, parent of a Girl Scout herself, has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: 3PL, Girl Scouts, Evans Distributing

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 30, 2015 9:18 AM | » Comments(0)

Volvo Truck vs. 4-year-old With Remote Control

While a lot of kids may have a remote-controlled vehicle of some sort on their wish list for Santa, one 4-year-old got the ultimate such driving experience in Volvo's latest video designed to showcase the toughness of its FMX truck. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Volvo Group

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Patience, Persistence Needed to Bring Young People into the Industry

Photo by Jim Park

Are we going overboard in pushing kids toward a college education? One reader responds to Deborah Lockridge's October editorial, and she has this follow-up in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Driver Shortage

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2015 2:32 PM | » Comments(3)

The Power of Dressing for Success

Could a uniform actually help drivers be better at their jobs? (Photo: Walmart)

Drivers' appearance has an effect on trucking’s image – but did you know that in addition to affecting other peoples’ perceptions of you, how you dress can affect how well you do your job? READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:08 PM | » Comments(2)

Sleep Apnea in Truckers Continues to Confuse

Are doctors going overboard in sending drivers for expensive sleep studies?

Are doctors going overboard in sending drivers for expensive sleep studies? Deborah Lockridge explores this topic in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Medical Examiners, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 25, 2015 5:48 AM | » Comments(3)

Are Small Trucking Companies Missing Out on the Recovery?

Expensive equipment, e-logs and other regs are tough on small fleets.

Photo by Evan Lockridge

The Wall Street Journal reports that despite record freight and revenue levels in the trucking industry, small fleets are going out of business or being gobbled up. Deborah Lockridge asks for readers' experiences and predictions in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Small Fleets, ELDs, E-logs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:12 AM | » Comments(2)

Trooper Builds Relationship with Truckers Through Facebook Page

"These guys are out here on the road 24/7, so are we. Why not make it a better working relationship?" READ MORE

Tags: Indiana, Image, Enforcement

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:48 PM | » Comments(5)

Help Driver Appreciation Video Go Viral

Can this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week video reach a million views by the end of the week? READ MORE

Tags: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:59 AM | » Comments(1)

Generous Trucker Makes Waitress' Day

A truckstop waitress in Nebraska was able to take her kids to the state fair and catch up on all her bills, thanks to a generous trucker who tipped her $1,000. READ MORE

Tags: Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 11, 2015 8:16 AM | » Comments(1)

Rolling Along Toward Autonomous Trucks

A disguised version of the Future Truck 2025 in a demonstration last year on a closed portion of German autobahn. Photo courtesy Daimler Trucks.

Several news reports in the past week indicate that progress is being made on the road to autonomous commercial trucks. READ MORE

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Europe, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 31, 2015 10:27 AM | » Comments(0)

NYT Op-Ed Attacks Trucking Industry – From the Inside

"The Trucks are Killing Us." The latest diatribe from an anti-truck group? No, it's an op-ed piece in the New York Times by a longtime former trucking editor. Deborah Lockridge writes about it in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 28, 2015 1:45 PM | » Comments(1)

CB Radios Then and Now

A scene from the movie "Convoy."

Unlike VCRs, eight-track tapes and flip phones, CB radios are still a valuable tool. Deborah Lockridge takes a trip down memory lane in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, History

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:06 AM | » Comments(1)

Media Roundup: A Cold Case, Record Stunt Jump and More

Deborah Lockridge shares stories from local media that provide a pleasant break from the usual fare of tractor-trailer wrecks, lawsuits and anti-truck editorials. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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