All That's Trucking

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)

Infrastructure and a 1949 Hudson

February 3, 2014

Can a man in a rusted old 1949 Hudson help bring attention to the nation's crumbling infrastructure and help grow interest in funding improvements? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge introduces you to Dan McNichol and his Dire States project in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Winning the Information Race

January 15, 2014

Trucking today runs on information as much as it does diesel fuel. The days of sending a truck out and not knowing where it was unless the driver found a pay phone and called in to tell you are long behind us. Today we can not only know where that truck is, we can know if the driver’s speeding, if the trailer’s at the right temperature, even if a tire is low on air.

Tags: Telematics, Technology, Hotline, Information Technology, HDT

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Telling Trucking’s Stories

December 31, 2013

A new image campaign was announced at ATA’s annual Management Conference and Exhibition. Are you yawning? Another one, you say? What’s so special about this one? Read on.

Tags: ATA, OOIDA, Teamsters

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Does Santa Need a Routing/Navigation System?

December 16, 2013

How does Santa do what he does? It's a source of speculation among kids of all ages every Christmas season. What if Santa used an intelligent location platform to plan his route around the world?

Tags: Information Technology

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Epic Numbers for Volvo's Epic Split Video

December 13, 2013

Volvo Trucks has had good success with its series of viral videos illustrating the precision steering on its European trucks, but it hit the ball out of the park with its most recent effort, "The Epic Split," which became the most viewed automotive commercial on YouTube ever.

Tags: Volvo, In the Media, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Meet ATA's New Chairman

Phil Byrd is the new chairman of ATA.

November 27, 2013

Phil Byrd, the new chairman of the American Trucking Associations, may offer a little different perspective as an executive with a relatively small company, according to a report in his local paper.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, South Carolina

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Lana Batts, 'Queen of the Road'

Lana Batts moderates a fleet panel during this year's Truckload Carriers Association meeting.

November 25, 2013

"Lana R. Batts and trucking are joined at the axle." So reads the opening sentence of a profile of Batts in DC Velocity, a magazine for distribution center managers and executives, where she talks about trucking and her latest endeavor, driver screening.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, In the Media, TCA, Women in Trucking, EEOC

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Sad Work: Delivering the News of JFK’s Assassination

Senior Editor Tom Berg offers this guest commentary in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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November 21, 2013

What were you doing 50 years ago, when you heard that JFK had been assassinated? If you’re age 55 or older, you probably remember that moment clearly, sociologists say. Senior Editor Tom Berg, who’s now 70, recalls how news of the event directly affected his part-time truck-driving job.

Tags: History

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Times and Wars Have Changed, But Military Vets Still Need Jobs

A guest post from HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg

November 19, 2013

The “Hiring Military Veterans” feature in the current issue of Heavy Duty Trucking was an easy assignment for me to take on, because I was in the Army from 1965 to ’67 and afterwards went to work “in the real world” – anywhere outside the service. Jobs were plentiful for a while, so no complaints from me. And I appreciate the service and experience of millions of other vets, then and now.

Tags: Ryder System, Veterans, XL Hybrids

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Power of Parts & Service

Industry veteran Denise Rondini is now covering the aftermarket for HDT.

November 8, 2013

The right parts and service decisions can help you meet on-time delivery goals with customers, improve your cost per mile, reduce downtime, improve utilization, better your CSA scores, even help retain drivers and cut turnover.

Tags: Parts & Service, Aftermarket, Maintenance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, November 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Former Truck Fleet Innovator Shares Frustrations, Opportunities

James Burg Trucking emphasizes productivity and efficiency, with innovative lightweight specs.

November 5, 2013

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge recently caught up with a former HDT Truck Fleet Innovator during a luncheon at the American Trucking Associations' recent Management Conference and Exhibition. Find out what was on his mind in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: ATA, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Hell Doesn’t Have to Freeze Over to Improve Trucking’s Image

Guest post from Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor

October 24, 2013

Guest writer Evan Lockridge wonders if a new image campaign could accomplish not only more than previous campaigns, but also a more united trucking front, in this On the Road blog post.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Image, ATA2013

Author: Evan Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Euro-Style Cabovers in the U.S. and Canada?

PIT doing fuel-economy testing comparing a European Volvo cabover and a North American Volvo conventional.

October 23, 2013

All That's Trucking Blog: Could we see a re-emergence of Class 8 cabovers in the U.S. and Canada? A couple of Canadian fleets appear to be interested in them for improved freight efficiency, but an exec from the one company that's still making them doesn't think drivers would stand for it.

Tags: Canada, Class 8, Fuel Economy, Cabovers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(11)

Student-Built Truck Takes 1st Place at 2013 Diesel Nationals

October 14, 2013

A race truck built from an old R Model Mack by students from Lincoln Educational Services' South Plainfield, N.J., campus took first place in its class at the 2013 Diesel Nationals in Englishtown, N.J., last month.

Tags: Training, New Jersey, Technicians

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Three Cool Things from the Green Fleet Expo

Unlike most other electric trucks that convert existing chassis, this one was designed and built from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

October 11, 2013

More than 600 fleet managers and fleet stakeholders took part at last week's Green Fleet Conference & Expo, held Oct. 1-2 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The exhibition hall had nearly 70 exhibitors, and while there were plenty of interesting things to see, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge picks out three of the most intriguing to write about for her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Natural Gas, Green Fleet Conference, EVs, Alternative Fuels, Events

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

European Rally Promotes Natural Gas as Fuel

A trash truck fueled by CNG at a stop in Finland on the seventh Blue Corridor Natural Gas Vehicle Rally.

October 8, 2013

In Europe, they're partway through the seventh Blue Corridor Natural Gas Vehicle Rally, where natural-gas-powered vehicles are driving from St. Petersburg, Russia, around the Baltic Sea with stops along the way in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demonstrate the benefits of using natural gas in transportation.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Retiring, High-Tech Blimp on the Way

The Spirit of Goodyear blimp will give up its spot in the Wingfoot Lake Hangar near Akron, Ohio, for the new Goodyear New Technology blimp.

October 7, 2013

Everyone's familiar with the Goodyear blimp. But new, high-tech blimps are on the way, and Goodyear will be retiring its Ohio-based Spirit of Goodyear blimp, reports Deborah Lockridge in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Pushing the Envelope on Fuel Economy

The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution uses small component and part changes to add up to fuel economy gains.

October 4, 2013

The low-hanging fruit when it comes to fuel economy has all been picked. Now truck and engine makers are examining every part and component of the truck in exacting detail to figure out where they can cut the smallest amount of drag or the small parasitic loss of power that drag down fuel economy. Deborah Lockridge offers two examples in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: MPG, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When the Wheels' Ain't Rollin' in DC (With Apologies to Merle Haggard)

October 1, 2013

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge must have been watching way too much TV Monday as we approached a government shutdown, because he decided the impasse needed its own song -- sung to the music of the 1975 hit "Movin' On," because Congress is certainly NOT movin' on. Read more, if you dare, in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Stories You May Have Missed

September 30, 2013

With the government shutdown on one coast, the stranglehold of emissions regulations on the other, and a look at trucking efforts to thwart drug smugglers, trucking's been in the general media this past week. Read more in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: California, Economy, Regulations

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

5 Tips for Effective Manager-Driver Communication

September 18, 2013

It's Driver Appreciation Week. But to really appreciate drivers, it takes a lot more than T-shirts, hats and picnics one week out of the year. One of the most important keys to appreciating -- and keeping -- good drivers is through good communication.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When CSA Scores Don't Make Sense

In this guest post, Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor, shares a scratch-your-head story about how one small fleet is being affected by the CSA enforcement program.

September 11, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability program is no longer new, but a recent on-air conversation painted a clear picture of just how it's affecting trucking company owners, explain Evan Lockridge in this guest blog post.

Tags: CSA, Safety and Compliance

Author: Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor | Posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Classic KW Cabover Labor of Love for California Port Trucker

David Sosa worked 10 hours a day for seven weeks to combine a K100 cab and a wrecked KW T660 into a clean-emissions repowered classic cabover.

September 6, 2013

California port trucker David Sosa recently saved a beautiful Kenworth K 100E cab from the recycler and updated it with a Cummins ISX EPA '07 engine to create a CARB-certified clean truck. Deborah Lockridge has the story in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Cabovers, Kenworth, CARB, Intermodal, California

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Coming to a highway near you: Driverless vehicles

In the Sartre project, three self-driving Volvo cars &quot;platoon&quot; behind a commercial truck.

September 4, 2013

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge notes that she's now old enough that stuff from the science fiction books she read as a kid are increasingly becoming reality. No flying cars yet, but driverless cars are being tested, and trucks may lead the way -- literally.

Tags: Volvo, Global, Future Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Author Bio

Deborah Lockridge

Editor in Chief

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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