All That's Trucking

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 MexicoTrucker.com)

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)

Is that GPS in your truck going to steer you wrong?

September 27, 2012

Earlier this week, we reported that one U.S. senator wants some sort of federal standards for commercial truck use of GPS navigation systems

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)

Taking a Bite out of Image Efforts

September 25, 2012

I'm working on a feature for the November issue of HDT on trucking image, and thought I'd pull out an oldie but a goodie commentary from 2005

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:59 PM | » Comments(0)

What if natural gas prices go up?

September 21, 2012

The boom in natural gas production in the U.S. has created an oversupply, leading to 10-year lows in natural gas prices. At the same time, some natural gas producers have cut back because of the low prices. If demand for natural gas increases, some wonder, won't prices increase, too

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 21, 2012 12:40 PM | » Comments(1)

Is natural gas the fuel of the future?

September 10, 2012

I've been a bit of a natural-gas skeptic ever since I first heard T. Boone Picken

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 9:34 AM | » Comments(1)

What Could Reshape the Industry in the Next Decade?

September 5, 2012

What's going to change the industry next? Government regulation? Near-shoring? E-commerce

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 5, 2012 2:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Transportation news from the GOP in Tampa

August 29, 2012

"That's what we're looking for now - transportation.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Truckstop Roots Inspire Chef

August 21, 2012

One celebrity Texas chef is opening a new restaurant inspired by memories of his parents' truckstop cafe

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 6:30 PM | » Comments(0)

Volvo goes viral with stunt video

August 16, 2012

On an unopened highway in Croatia, world record-holding highliner Faith Dickey battles in the wind to cross the line between two speeding trucks

Tags: In the Media, Volvo, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Infrastructure and the presidential race

Rep. Paul Ryan, left, now the vice presidential candidate, speaks with President Barack Obama in 2010.

August 15, 2012

We finally got a highway bill, but since it only runs two years, it's something either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is going to have to deal with during the next presidential administration

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:13 AM | » Comments(1)

Treating drivers right keeps Nussbaum driver turnover low

Nussbaum Operations Manager Doug Bradle demonstrates the company's dispatch system. The company's IT staff customized TMW solutions to give it more insight and help drivers get home more.

August 9, 2012

How does a trucking company with a 500-plus-mile average length of haul keep its driver turnover down around 30% when the industry average is over 100%

Tags: Drivers, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver recruiting website takes a different approach

The CDL Career Now! Team: (L to R) Craig Jablonski, CEO; Ben Onnie, VP of Operations, and Tyler LeBarge, VP of Business Development.

July 27, 2012

Three young men believe they have a better way of helping fleets find drivers

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 27, 2012 1:34 PM | » Comments(3)

What's behind TA's decision to get into the natural gas business?

July 23, 2012

A Q&A with Tom O'Brien, president and CEO, TravelCenters of America

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 23, 2012 8:27 AM | » Comments(2)

How about those medium-duty tire prices?

July 19, 2012

So, have you noticed the high price of tires lately? Of course you have

Tags: In the Shop

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:08 AM | » Comments(0)

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Deborah Lockridge

Editor in Chief

Truck journalist 21 years, joined us in 1998. Plans and coordinates editorial, specializes in maintenance, drivers and fleet operations.

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