All That's Trucking

Distracted Driving: Daydreaming Worse than Cell Phones

April 10, 2013

April is Distracted Driving Month, and research by Erie Insurance shows that daydreaming, or being "lost in thought," is far worse than cell phone use when it comes to distracted-driving crashes, Deborah Lockridge reports in her "All That's Trucking Blog."

Tags: Safety, Insurance, Distracted Driving

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

Next on the Distracted-Driving Hit List: Google Glass?

April 5, 2013

I'm wondering, has Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seen this video showing how the new Google Glass product is supposed to work? Because I'm pretty sure he might have something to say about Google Glass and distracted driving.

Tags: Regulations, Safety, Distracted Driving, West Virginia

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Is Our Infrastructure Crumbling, or Not?

Highway funding debate muddied by claims of improving infrastructure

Critics of the push to revamp highway funding say events such as the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 are isolated incidents that don't take into account data showing improvements in the nation's infrastructure. If you really call a D+ an improvement.

April 3, 2013

In the debate over how to increase highway funding, the call is often made to raise fuel taxes or develop other funding mechanisms to fix our crumbling highways and bridges, a problem brought tragically to the forefront by the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in August 2007 that killed 13 people. Now, clouding the debate in Washington is the claim that our infrastructure really isn't crumbling after all.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Congestion, Highways

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Nitrogen Tire Inflation: Good Enough for NASA

This display at the Hunstville, Ala., Space and Rocket Center got me thinking about nitrogen and tires.

April 2, 2013

Nitrogen tire inflation is not new -- it was even used in space shuttle tires! HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Nitrogen Tire Inflation

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

Marijuana and Truck Driving Don't Mix

No matter what you believe about the safety of marijuana, it's still illegal for interstate truck drivers.

March 4, 2013

So how bad is smoking marijuana for you, anyway? Well, if you're a truck driver, it's very dangerous to your license and livelihood, writes Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog, no matter what various contradictory studies say about how safe it is to drive while under the influence of cannabis.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Is a CDL worth someone's life?

February 26, 2013

In December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took the unusual action of declaring a driver, not a company, an “imminent hazard” and ordered him to cease operating.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Popular Mechanics Tells Readers 'How to Avoid Getting Squashed by a Semi'

February 6, 2013

Popular Mechanics magazine, which takes on topics ranging from "Ab Machines That Work" to "How to Make Beer," now adds sharing the road with trucks to its repertoire.

Tags: Safety, In the Media, Sharing the Road

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

What can you do to fight human sex trafficking?

January 9, 2013

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, so it's a good time to highlight the trucking industry's efforts to fight the use of young women who are treated as sex slaves, often in the truckstops of rest areas and truckstops frequented by truckers

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Truckstops, trafficking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Are you tougher than a Mack Truck?

January 9, 2013

Are you stronger than a Mack truck? Competitors for the World's Strongest Man competition recently took on the challenge

Tags: Equipment, Mack

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Navistar CEO will know he's done his job when they start looking for a replacement

Lewis Campbell, interim CEO of Navistar.

January 8, 2013

THe Chicago Tribune this week named Lewis Campbell, CEO of Navistar, as one of its "Ones to Watch" in 2013

Tags: In the Media, Navistar, Chicago

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, January 8, 2013 8:19 AM | » Comments(0)

Toll hikes and the law of unintended consequences

A truck enters the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Photo by Ben Schumin via Wikimedia Commons)

January 3, 2013

As public officials look to public-private partnerships and toll roads as one way to address the issue of infrastructure funding, one question that comes up is whether fewer trucks will use the toll roads, thus leading to lower toll revenues than anticipate

Tags: Government, Infrastructure, Tolls, Pennsylvania

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Natural gas, fuel surcharges and carbon credits

UPS is one company that touts carbon-neutral shipping. Should you?

January 3, 2013

In our series on natural gas last fall, we included some information on determining payback. I got a letter from a reader telling me I left out a critical consideration: fuel surcharges

Tags: Going Green, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

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

Top 10 Most-Viewed Trucking Stories of 2012

December 27, 2012

The most-viewed stories on for 2012 were heavy on news from Washington, D.C., whether from the FMCSA or the halls of Congress, as well as from Lisle, Ill., where Navistar International is headquartered

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:34 AM | » Comments(1)

Tires and Tiaras: Speedco Helps Grant Child's Wish

December 20, 2012

People might think of trucking, tires and service bays as a typical "manly" realm, but for a little girl in Arizona, a Speedco became a princess fantasy

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Speedco, Make-A-Wish

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:21 AM | » Comments(0)

Helping Hands at Holiday Time

December 20, 2012

One thing I've learned in the past two-plus decades of covering this business is that most truckers have a big heart, and that goes for the entire industry, as well -- drivers, companies, dealers, manufacturers, you name it

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Getloaded, Peterbilt, Charity

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Hiring a driver without a CDL is not the answer to the driver shortage

A West Texas TV news crew discovered a lot of drivers without CDLs, thanks to a driver shortage in the oil fields.

December 12, 2012

The demand for truck drivers seems to be leading some unscrupulous companies to hire drivers who don't have a commercial driver's license

Tags: Safety & Compliance, CDL, Texas, FMCSA

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:01 AM | » Comments(0)

States looking at highway funding

Pennsylvania is one state that may look to raise fuel taxes to pay for an infrastructure funding shortfall.

November 20, 2012

Increasing fuel taxes may be a near-taboo topic on Capitol Hill, but as state legislators and governors look to 2013 budgets and highway funding, a number are considering raising state fuel taxes to pay for needed infrastructure work

Tags: Government, Highways, Diesel, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:28 PM | » Comments(0)

Are equipment prices the new diesel fuel?

November 14, 2012

When it comes to the potential to drive carriers out of the industry, equipment is becoming the new diesel fuel, says Bob Costello, the chief economist of the American Trucking Associations

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:48 AM | » Comments(0)

We're not the only industry facing a recruiting and training crisis

November 13, 2012

It's a job once viewed as glamorous, but these days, not so much. It involves a lot of time away from home. And it takes a lot of time and money to get the needed training to get a license and a job -- but the pay's not all that great.

Tags: Trends, Training, Driver Shortage, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What will the election mean for infrastructure?

November 8, 2012

So what does Tuesday's election mean for trucking -- specifically, the need to get to work very soon on the next highway bill

Tags: Government, Infrastructure, Highways

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:08 AM | » Comments(0)

A phone call that can change lives

November 6, 2012

"Here we are, I'm 15 years old, my cousin is 14, we're here at a truckstop, you know, being forced to work it, being forced to go truck to truck asking, you know, if the guys would like to have sex with us.

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Truckers Against Trafficking, TAT, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Polishing Trucking's Image

FedEx Freight driver educates drivers of all ages about driving safety around big trucks.

October 24, 2012

There wasn't nearly enough room in my story on "7 Ways to Improve Trucking's Image" for the November issue of HDT to showcase some of the great examples of what companies are doing

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:48 AM | » Comments(0)

In Search of Cross-Border Safety Data

Servicios Refrigerados Internacionales, one of the participants in the cross-border pilot program. (Photo Courtesy

October 16, 2012

Listen to opponents of cross-border trucking and you might envision hordes of unsafe, broken-down Mexican rigs swarming across the border. That hardly seems to be the case, given a recent report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Mack Bulldog Hood Ornament Turns 80

October 16, 2012

The iconic Mack Bulldog hood ornament recently celebrated its 80th birthday -- that's about 560 in dog years

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:50 AM | » Comments(0)

Associated Press looks at driver health

Doug Robinson holds up a pair of pants that's too big now that he's had success losing weight.

October 10, 2012

"In the months after Doug Robinson started driving a truck, he noticed his clothes were increasingly more snug-fitting. He was already overweight but soon realized that spending up to 11 hours behind the wheel, frequently eating fast food and not exercising was a poor combination

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:15 PM | » Comments(0)

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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