All That's Trucking

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.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Accidents, 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.

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Speeding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(10)

Are You Staying on Top of Your Fuel Invoices?

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

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."

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

Tags: Drivers

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

Trucker Buddy Boy Scout Event Big Success at MATS

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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)

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

Tags: Dealers, Technicians

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

Taking the Infrastructure Message to the Streets

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. READ MORE

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?

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. READ MORE

Tags: Intermodal, Shippers, Railroads

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

When Goals Don’t Make Sense

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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

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.

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

Tags: Twitter, Winter

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

Infrastructure and a 1949 Hudson

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. READ MORE

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

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

Winning the Information Race

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. READ MORE

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

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

Telling Trucking’s Stories

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. READ MORE

Tags: ATA, OOIDA, Teamsters

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

Does Santa Need a Routing/Navigation System?

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? READ MORE

Tags: Information Technology

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

Epic Numbers for Volvo's Epic Split Video

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

"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. READ MORE

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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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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

Tags: Ryder System, Veterans, XL Hybrids

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 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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