All That's Trucking

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)

The Power of Parts & Service

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

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Canada, Class 8, Fuel Economy, Cabovers

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

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

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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)

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. READ MORE

Tags: Government

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

Stories You May Have Missed

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. READ MORE

Tags: California, Economy, Regulations

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

5 Tips for Effective Manager-Driver Communication

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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 "platoon" behind a commercial truck.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Volvo, Global, Future Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Volvo Trucks' European Head Stars in Latest Viral Video

Those crazy folks at Volvo Trucks in Sweden are at it again, going to great lengths -- or should we say heights -- to create a video they hope will go viral. READ MORE

Tags: Volvo, In the Media, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When Your Research Lab is a Truck Cab

One grad student takes to the highway for research on truck drivers.

Despite an increasing amount of research about trucking from the ivory towers of academia, few researchers ever experience what life is like on the road. However, one spent three years riding in trucks and interviewing long-haul drivers as part of his look into how truck drivers are affected by increasing demands for speed and flexibility. READ MORE

Tags: drivers, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

This Week's Trucking in the Media

Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary. READ MORE

Tags: Highways, drivers, Intermodal, In the Media

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

A Good Place to Start for Alternative Fuel & Fuel Efficiency Funding

Whether you're looking for funding for alternative fueled vehicles, idle reduction or other fuel efficiency and emissions improvers, one blog post out there offers an impressive list of incentive programs. READ MORE

Tags: MPG, Alternative Fuels, Idle Reduction, Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, including an article on trucker apps in the New York Times. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Infrastructure, drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking in the Media This Week

Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, from haunting truckstop photos to driverless trucks to cross-border trucking. READ MORE

Tags: Safety and Compliance, In the Media, drivers, Cross-Border Trucking

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

Can Foxx Put the Pieces Together?

The new head of the DOT is already looking to one of the big challenges of his job: Getting our dysfunctional Congress to pass a real highway bill.

The new head of the DOT is already looking to one of the big challenges of his job, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking: blog: Getting our dysfunctional Congress to pass a real highway bill by its due date of Sept. 30, 2014. READ MORE

Tags: DOT, Congress, Anthony Foxx, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Owner-Operators: Endangered Species?

The recession was tough on owner-operators. Add to that increasing regulations and more expensive equipment, and it’s no wonder some in the industry are saying the owner-operator is dead. READ MORE

Tags: OOIDA, Owner-operator

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Trucking Con-Man Goes From the Hammer to the Slammer

You’ll be glad to know that Joseph “the trucker spy” Volpe will be taking the new few months off work. Find out why in this "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Fraud

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 29, 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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