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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)

How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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'?

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. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting

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

Why CSA May Raise Your Insurance Costs

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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.

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

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

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? READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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?

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. READ MORE

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

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(11)

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

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. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(13)

Highways Are No Slaughterhouse

Comparisons of trucking to a slaughterhouse are unwarranted.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Safety, Truck Weights, CRASH

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

Why the industry needs more women

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? READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

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 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." READ MORE

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?

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

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.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Nitrogen Tire Inflation

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

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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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