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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)

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)

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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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