All That's Trucking

Beets on the Highway

Sugar beet based de-icers like Ice Bite and GeoMelt could offer a less corrosive, more environmentally friendly way for states to de-ice roads. Or maybe not.

November 29, 2010

As we head into another winter season with state transportation departments spraying roads with corrosive de-icing solutions, some states are trying to cut their use of such chemicals by using a de-icer made from sugar beet juice

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 9:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Distracted Driving Campaign: Taking a Closer Look

November 16, 2010

I got tears in my eyes yesterday when I watched the online video about the 8th-grader who was killed in 2008 when her school bus was crashed into by a truck traveling about 60 mph. The driver said he didn't see the bus

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:50 PM | » Comments(1)

Watch Out for Cargo Theft

November 15, 2010

A full truckload of pharmaceuticals worth several million dollars was stolen last week at a rest area in Kentucky, illustrating a trend toward ever-higher values of stolen pharmaceutical shipments

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 7:28 AM | » Comments(0)

Hold the Presses: Diesel Fumes Tied to Cancer

How relevant are these research results with today's low-emissions diesel engines? (Photo by Jim Park)

November 10, 2010

"Work exposure to diesel fumes tied to lung cancer." That's the headline of a Reuters news story this week reporting on a new research analysis. Hold on a minute. This is news

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:34 AM | » Comments(2)

On the Border

November 8, 2010

Now that the elections are over, Mexican officials are likely to push even harder to get the cross-border trucking dispute ironed out in this window of time before the 2012 elections start consuming the administration's attention

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 8, 2010 3:46 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Don't Military Trucks Have to Meet the Same Emissions Standards We Do?

November 3, 2010

I got an e-mail the other day from an owner-operator who was curious about why the government doesn't have to follow its own emissions rules when it comes to trucks owned by the military

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:30 PM | » Comments(0)

Aftermarket Truck Equipment Counts in Gathering Groundbreaking Tornado Data

Stormchaser Tim Samaras will be at this week's SEMA show.

October 29, 2010

Viewers of the Discovery Channel's "Stormchasers" program may not give much thought to the truck equipment that helps these daring tornado researchers do their job, but something as seemingly simple as a liftgate can make a big difference

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 29, 2010 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Port Carriers Find a Loophole

By 2012, Class 8 trucks operating at the LA and Long Beach ports must meet EPA 2007 emissions levels. But the rules don't say anything about Class 7.

October 27, 2010

Seems some carriers at the Southern California ports have found a loophole that allows them to continue operating some older, higher-polluting trucks that supposedly have been banned from the ports as part of their Clean Truck programs

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:49 PM | » Comments(1)

Gone in 30 Seconds

October 25, 2010

Remember the movie "Gone in Sixty Seconds," where Nicolas Cage is a retired master car thief who has to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother's life? Last night, CBS Evening News viewers got to watch a heavy-duty truck get stolen in less than 30 seconds

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 25, 2010 8:27 PM | » Comments(0)

Helping Out the Little Guy

October 24, 2010

The recession may officially be over, but many smaller trucking companies are struggling to come out of it strong. One company is trying to help with some free advice

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, October 24, 2010 11:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Think Pink: Truckers Help Fight Breast Cancer

October 15, 2010

Each year around this time, I usually get at least one press release in my in-box about a trucking company that is painting one of its rigs pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 10:43 AM | » Comments(0)

A Satisfying Verdict

A D&T Trucking rig

October 15, 2010

It's nice to hear about a trucking lawsuit that went the way of the trucker for a change

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 8:35 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking as Art

An image from the series Hurry Up and Wait.

October 14, 2010

"We all have an idea of what a truck driver's like when we're a kid - but we don't really know much about them.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:36 PM | » Comments(0)

One Man's Business Philosophy: Innovate, Solve Customer Problems ... and Have Fun

October 10, 2010

When the black-and-yellow, pointy-tailed Marmon Wasp won the first Indy 500 race in 1911, it was thanks to innovation. Not a faster engine, or even the more aerodynamic shape of the car. The key was the rear-view mirror

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, October 10, 2010 7:07 PM | » Comments(1)

It All Started With A Quest for a Better Two-Way Radio

Jack Goeken is perhaps most famous for helping to break up

October 6, 2010

Did you know the guy who broke Ma Bell's monopoly did it because he was trying to sell truckers a two-way radio system that could give them uninterrupted contact with their headquarters

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 6, 2010 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

IT and Innovation -- It's not just for Apple

September 27, 2010

What do an old-school auto manufacturer, a soft drink maker, the world's largest discount retailer, a consumer packaged goods company -- and some of the country's most creative trucking companies -- have in common? Innovative use of information technology

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 27, 2010 7:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Safety: Getting it Right

September 23, 2010

In an apparent case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, even as Schneider National's safety VP Don Osterberg was participating in the National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., this week, the company was using texting in its recruiting ads

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:27 AM | » Comments(0)

From Russia With ... Diesel in Their Veins?

September 22, 2010

During discussions about the coming driver shortage, one fact that has been frequently mentioned is that during the last driver shortage, many trucking companies relied on immigrants to fill trucking seats.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:23 PM | » Comments(0)

Saving Money, Saving the Planet

Jim Burg is pursuing a number of energy-saving initiatives in his 70-plus-truck fleet.

September 20, 2010

"Going green" isn't just for huge fleets like Schneider or UPS. Just ask Jim Burg, one of Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators. Jim's the owner of James Burg Trucking Co., a regional flatbed carrier based in Warren, Mich. He has about 70 trucks

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 20, 2010 5:29 PM | » Comments(0)

Appreciating Drivers

September 17, 2010

Are you appreciating drivers this week? What about the rest of the year

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 17, 2010 12:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Birthday Party for Ford E-Series

Restored '61 Econoline pickup helped Ford begin a celebration of the E-Series' 50th anniversary at the NTEA Product Conference last week in Dearborn, Mich. Bakers decorated special cakes to resemble 1961 and 2011 vans. (Photos by Tom Berg)

September 17, 2010

Ford Motor Co. has begun celebrating the 50th birthday of the Econoline cargo van, which was introduced in 1961 as a more economical alternative to pickup-based "panel trucks" of that day

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 17, 2010 9:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Ready for E-Logs

September 16, 2010

You'd better start thinking about e-logs, says Truckload Carriers Association Chairman John Kaburick, owner and president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:08 PM | » Comments(2)

Saving Jobs

September 15, 2010

The news during the recession was filled with stories of layoffs. But two companies in the trucking industry stand out because of their innovative programs to save jobs

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:27 PM | » Comments(0)

Help us Explore All That's Trucking in New Blog

September 9, 2010

Sometimes I can't decide if the Internet is a blessing or a curse. It has opened up a whole new world of information at our fingertips - but it can be like trying to drink from a fire hose

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:41 PM | » Comments(1)

Taking a Bite out of Image Efforts

October 26, 2000

Someone is driving down the Interstate in their small car, when they see looming in the rearview mirror a big black truck with huge, pointy white teeth on the grille as if the rig were going to chomp them up in one bite

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 26, 2000 1:48 PM | » 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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