All That's Trucking

Volvo Trucks' European Head Stars in Latest Viral Video

September 3, 2013

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.

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.

September 3, 2013

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.

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

August 30, 2013

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.

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

August 28, 2013

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.

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

August 23, 2013

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.

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

August 16, 2013

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.

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.

August 15, 2013

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.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Anthony Foxx, Infrastructure

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

Owner-Operators: Endangered Species?

August 1, 2013

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.

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

July 29, 2013

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.

Tags: Fraud

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

July 23, 2013

We've had several weeks now on the new hours of service rules. Some fleets are struggling to adjust, while others are seeing virtually no effects. Share your experiences in this "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Ever Wish You Had a Life-Size Tonka Truck? [VIDEO]

This unusual vehicle is a life-size replica of a Tonka tow truck.

July 17, 2013

There's a good chance you played with Tonka trucks as a kid. But as Deborah Lockridge reports in her "All That's Trucking" blog, one Wisconsin man has turned that childhood love into a real-life labor of love and created a life-size replica of a vintage Tonka tow truck.

Tags: Tow Trucks, In the Media, Specialty

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Are you a 'Zombie Recruiter'?

July 16, 2013

It seems zombies are cool these days, with hit TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and books and movies like "World War Z." But being a "zombie recruiter" is not going to help you out at a time when good drivers are becoming more scarce than ever.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting

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

Why CSA May Raise Your Insurance Costs

July 11, 2013

Many insurance underwriters, happy to have a new tool to give them data on customers, are putting too much emphasis on CSA scores when it comes time to writing policies. This could mean higher premiums, higher deductibles, and even a case where some underwriters won't even consider insuring your company.

Tags: Insurance, CSA, Business, HNI

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

How Does An Elephant Cross The Continent? In a Truck...Maybe

July 9, 2013

The price may be right as Bob Barker could be paying up to $800,000 for three elephants to be transported from Toronto to California by truck.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, In the Media, Special Loads

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Digging into the MVR

The most significant moving violations might surprise you.

A driver's use of turn signals is a surprising clue to whether he'll have a crash.

July 8, 2013

The most significant moving violations might surprise you, as HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge reports in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Safety and Compliance

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

On my Honor, I Will Do My Best ... to Improve Young People's Knowledge of Trucking

June 19, 2013

A great way to help improve trucking's image is to reach people when they're young, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" Blog. Have you thought about reaching out to Scouts?

Tags: Minnesota, Image, Boy Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Good Are You at Recruiting Women Drivers?

“Women look for different information in a recruiting ad than men,” says Ellen Voie, Women in Trucking's President and CEO.

June 10, 2013

HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge recently wrote an editorial about why the trucking industry needs more women. She then got taken to task for making the assumption that you needed automatic transmissions to attract women drivers -- but as she says in her most recent blog post, maybe she should have focused on pet policies instead.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Women in Trucking, Arrow Truck Sales

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

'Transforming' a Western Star into a Movie Star

This next-generation custom-build Western Star is starring as Optimus Prime in the upcoming Transformers movie.

June 4, 2013

The forthcoming "Transformers 4" movie will give viewers a sneak peak at the latest Western Star truck in development. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has more in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Western Star, In the Media

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

Can Women Handle a Manual Transmission?

One reader takes exception to the notion that we have to spec automated or automatic transmissions to attract women drivers.

Who says women can't handle driving duties just as well as men?

May 28, 2013

One reader takes exception to the notion that we have to spec automated or automatic transmissions to attract women drivers. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge responds in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(9)

Guest Editorial: Did you hear the one about the FMCSA?

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge questions the makeup of a key committee advising the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge

May 24, 2013

This financial advisor walks into a meeting of people who advise the federal government when it comes to safety policy involving trucks and says he's in favor of speed limiters... This may sound like the beginning of a joke, however, it's anything but funny.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Road Safe America

Author: Evan Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(7)

The fallacy of the open door

May 20, 2013

An old driver got to the pearly gates of heaven and was welcomed by St. Peter, who told him how much the big guy appreciated all his hard work over the years getting the freight there on time and watching out for all the motorists on the road. St. Peter showed the trucker over to the prettiest fleet of trucks he had ever seen.

Tags: TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Why is the DOT Taking so Long to Move on Hair Testing for Drugs?

Schneider National is one of a number of major fleets who have discovered many drug users are not caught by DOT-mandated urine testing.

May 15, 2013

The American Trucking Associations used the National Transportation Safety Board's stricter impaired-driving regulations as an opportunity to again push for the DOT to move forward on a process to allow motor carriers to collect hair samples for DOT-required drug testing in lieu of the currently mandated urine testing process.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(12)

Highways Are No Slaughterhouse

Comparisons of trucking to a slaughterhouse are unwarranted.

May 8, 2013

Slaughtered. The dictionary on my computer defines it as "kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers : innocent civilians are being slaughtered." The use of this word by the "Truck Safety Coalition" in the context of truck accidents is irresponsible and reprehensible.

Tags: Safety, Truck Weights, CRASH

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Why the industry needs more women

April 30, 2013

When Sandra Ambrose-Clark, president of ESJ Carrier Corp., told her daughter's teacher she was up for the Influential Woman in Trucking Award from Women in Trucking and Navistar, the teacher was surprised. How could Ambrose-Clark, a vivacious and well-dressed woman with an impeccable manicure, be in trucking?

Tags: Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

3 Things That Don't Matter to Drivers as Much as You Might Think

April 15, 2013

Driver surveys done for the Truckload Carriers Association's Best Fleets to Drive For program seem to indicate that driver pay -- and some other issues -- may not matter to drivers as much as you might think.

Tags: Drivers, TCA, Recruiting, Retention

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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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