All That's Trucking

Truck-racing Ryan tackles a new challenge

Here's a fun bit of video for your summer vacation watching pleasure: Mike Ryan taking his modified Freightliner race truck up narrow, winding, paved and dirt roads in the 2011 "Climb to the Clouds" Mt. Washington Hillclimb, one of America's oldest auto races READ MORE

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 7, 2011 8:26 AM | » Comments(0)

And you thought electric trucks were a recent invention....

We've seen a lot of interest in electric trucks this past year or two, especially package vans -- the Transit Connect Electric, Internationals' e-Star, the Smith Newton, Freightliner Custom Chassis' MT45-EV. But did you know there were electric delivery trucks 100 years ago READ MORE

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:11 AM | » Comments(2)

A reporter gets taste of driving a big rig

Last year's national truck driving championships.

What a great idea to help educate the public about trucking: Get reporters behind the wheel of a big rig READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 20, 2011 8:05 AM | » Comments(0)

Does using GPS rot your brain?

On the radio this morning, I heard a report about a young woman who drove her rental SUV right off of a boat launch while trying to use a GPS unit to find her way to a conference READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 9:52 AM | » Comments(5)

Washington officials turn "share the road" mentality into top safety numbers

Washington State enforcement officers with a truck wrapped with the TACT safety message.

"Although semi trucks can be intimidating, most truck crashes turn out to be the fault of the passenger car driver. READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, June 12, 2011 2:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Mack Delivers Special Shuttle to Kennedy Space Center

Mack employees built the simulated Space Shuttle Blake from an old military bus. They pose in 1995.

Mack Trucks delivered a special educational vehicle, the Shuttle Blake, to Kennedy Space Center for the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour READ MORE

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:11 PM | » Comments(0)

What the Sky Express bus crash may mean for trucking

The bus industry is not having a very good year. Tuesday's crash of a tour bus that killed four was only the most recent of a string of highly publicized tragic crashes where driver fatigue or other avoidable problems appear to be a factor READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:27 PM | » Comments(0)

New Face on Ice Road Truckers

Maya Sieber, the new female face on Ice Road Truckers.

When The History Channels' "Ice Road Truckers" series premieres Sunday, June 5, there will be a new woman trucker in the mix: Maya Sieber, age 27 READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 1:51 PM | » Comments(4)

Is racism at work in border trucking debate?

This shot by Porter Corn shows a Mexican truck in Monterrey, Mexico.

A Milwaukee-area truckstop recently pulled some not-so-humorous bumper stickers targeting illegal aliens from its shelves after a threatened protest. The incident got me thinking about the attitude of some in our industry toward our neighbors south of the border READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 8:50 AM | » Comments(12)

A Diesel at Indy

The historic 1952 Indy car on display in honor of Indy's 100th birthday.

This weekend will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, and Cummins has been highlighting its history with the iconic race READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:04 PM | » Comments(0)

Closing the gap

When you see drawings or mockups of futuristic trucks, one of the things you'll notice is there's virtually no gap between the tractor and trailer READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(3)

A talk with PacLease's Hunter about leasing, rental, equipment trends

I caught up with Olen Hunter at the recent National Private Truck Council meeting.

An aging fleet, the high cost of fuel, sticker shock on new trucks, and a recovering economy are driving interest in leasing, according to Olen Hunter, director of sales at PacLease READ MORE

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Blinded by Science in Hours of Service Debate

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration goes about rewriting its hours of service rules for truck drivers, it has been careful to make sure those changes are backed up by scientific studies. But it's starting to look like the regulators need to go back to science class READ MORE

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 2, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(0)

Storm stories

Philip Berry, Mystic Transportation, shot this photo at a Virginia truckstop.

[UPDATED] I woke up this morning to a story on the radio about a man in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finding the body of a neighbor's child under the wreckage of his house READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2011 8:06 AM | » Comments(2)

Ole Number One finds a new home in Iowa

Above, the first driver of the CCX truck talks about the truck. Below, L to R, Gary Frantz, Con-way, Dick Heyob, Con-way driver and original driver of the truck; Dave Miller, former president of Con-way Central, and museum curator Dave Meier.

The first truck to go into service for Con-way Central Express, a 1983 Ford CL9000 cabover, has a new home at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 15, 2011 2:18 PM | » Comments(2)

Got a Million-Mile Engine?

Jerry Kissinger and his 1991 Mack SuperLiner with a million-mile engine.

How much is a million? A children's book says it would take 23 days to even count to a million and that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale. For truckers, a million miles is about 10 years READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2011 10:10 AM | » Comments(0)

Demography 101

Ken Gronbach talks about generational shifts at the HDT/HDMA Fleet Summit. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

So what is a demographer, anyway? As Ken Gronbach's daughter put it, it's like an economist, only instead of counting financial indicators, he counts people READ MORE

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:21 PM | » Comments(1)

How Cummins is beating vertical integration

Cummins not only makes engines, it also makes aftertreatment and other components used on competing engines.

Now that every truck maker has its own captive engine, how does an independent engine company like Cummins survive READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Brake and Wheel 'Data Hound' One of Many Businesses Turning to iPad

The Apple iPad, now in its second generation, is being used for a lot more than e-books and web browsing.

Who would have guessed that Apple's iPad would be such a hard worker READ MORE

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:10 PM | » Comments(0)

U.S. Offices of Japanese Truck Builders Await Word of Disaster's Effects

The disaster in northeastern Japan is receiving blanket news coverage, but only in recent days have definitive stories emerged about its effects on commerce. Automobile plants southwest of the quake, tsunami and nuclear-affected region are shut down and supplies of Japanese cars and parts have been interrupted READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 8:16 PM | » Comments(0)

Navistar Considering 'Exciting Technologies' for Later Diesels

Jim Hebe, senior vice president, North American sales operations, discussed future emissions technology at The Work Truck Show.

Corrected 3/13/2011. Navistar International is looking at some "exciting technologies" to reduce oxides of nitrogen in the exhaust of its later diesels, but aftertreatment using urea -- at least in liquid form -- will not be one of them READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:51 PM | » Comments(1)

Aaanticipation ...

I can't remember when there was more anticipation about a new truck model coming out. Cat's new on-highway vocational truck, the CT660, will be officially unveiled later this month at ConExpo show in Las Vegas. HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg will be there READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 28, 2011 2:14 PM | » Comments(1)

End of an Era?

Historical truck photos from FFE

In the last few weeks, well-known truckload leaders have announced they are stepping back from the front lines at the companies they founded or have led for decades READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Focus

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

DeFazio on his Detention Bill

Will a bill to address detention issues mean drivers get paid for waiting? (Photo courtesy PacLease)

"Until there is a consequence to the shippers, and those who are receiving the freight, they're going to keep abusing the truck drivers. READ MORE

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Mexico: Quit Sending Us Your Shoddy Trucks!

Photos of Mexican trucks operating in Mexico -- maybe it's a myth that Mexican trucks are a safety nightmare. (Photos courtesy Mexico Trucker blog)

For years, opponents of opening the U.S.-Mexico border to Mexican long-distance trucking have cited shoddy, unsafe equipment as one of their concerns. Now Mexican trucking interests are saying they're tired of the U.S. sending its "shoddy used trucks" south of the border READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 11:01 AM | » Comments(0)

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All That's Trucking blog is just that – the editor's take on anything and everything related to trucking, with the help of guest posts from other HDT editors. Author Deborah Lockridge's career as an award-winning trucking journalist started in 1990.

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