All That's Trucking

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)

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 Truckinginfo.com 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)

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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