All That's Trucking

Barges and trains don't deliver to Walmart (or the Euro equivalent)

July 15, 2012

Sounds like U.S. officials aren't the only ones who think the answer to problems such as greenhouse gas pollution and congestion is to shift freight off of trucks

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:44 PM | » Comments(0)

'Driving the green revolution'

July 11, 2012

Exactly what is Cascade Sierra Solutions? It's not as if the name really says anything about trucks, fuel or emissions. Yet that's exactly what this nonprofit organization aims to do: help truckers, especially smaller fleets and owner-operators, save money on fuel and cut emissions of harmful particulates and greenhouse gases

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 11, 2012 1:16 PM | » Comments(0)

What's up with electric trucks?

Electric trucks have a long history, as you can see from this photo dating to 1912. But is recent interest being eclipsed by natural gas? (Photo courtesy Shorpy.com)

June 28, 2012

It seems every time I turn around the past few weeks, I see something about how the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles is not meeting expectations

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:01 AM | » Comments(2)

Lessons from the '60s

McCauley was inspired by a driver who piloted a B-61 Mack with precision.

June 27, 2012

Randall McCauley drove his first truck at age 8, a 1940s GMC hauling hay on the farm in Barbour County, W.V

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:26 AM | » Comments(0)

New Owners, Same HDT

June 26, 2012

You may have heard HDT has a new owner. You may even have wondered if that would mean any changes within these pages. If so, you can stop wondering. HDT will still be the same award-winning magazine with the same experienced editorial team

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 7:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Talk about a food truck...

June 19, 2012

A Titan by Mack now greets visitors to the Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks, an arts and cultural center and the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pa

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 19, 2012 11:33 AM | » Comments(0)

Dust storms as poetry

June 14, 2012

You're not a Jedi / This is not Tatooine, Luke / Pull over now, man.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:25 AM | » Comments(0)

Oprah's magazine highlights woman trucker

Shannon Smith, aka "Sputter"

June 12, 2012

"There are 3.5 million truckers in America, and only 200,000 of them are women, and only a fraction of them are black women, and only one of them is Sputter." That's how an article in this month's issue of Oprah's O magazine starts out,

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:14 PM | » Comments(1)

For greener roads, make them stiffer

When the tires roll over a roadway, the maximum pavement deflection is just behind the path of travel. It's like continually driving up a slope (exaggerated in this illustration).

June 6, 2012

Think about how much more energy it takes you to walk on a sandy beach than on a firm floor. That's essentially what's happening when cars and trucks drive on asphalt roads, say researchers, and if those roads could be made stiffer, the nation could save a lot of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: Going Green, Highways, MPG

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

NYT highlights dangers of oil/gas well trucking

May 16, 2012

Exemptions to hours of service regulations for oil-field workers are killing workers, according to a story on the front page of Tuesday's New York Times, and it's a situation that could only get worse with the boom in oil and gas well drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:23 AM | » Comments(0)

History in high-rez

May 7, 2012

If you're interested in trucking history or just enjoy photos of old trucks, here's a website for you: Shorpy Historical Photo Archiv

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 7, 2012 6:58 AM | » Comments(0)

A look back at the LA Race Riots, a trucker beating and the heroes who came to his aid

April 29, 2012

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of an ugly event in American history -- the LA race riots.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:26 PM | » Comments(0)

The successful salesperson

Are your salespeople really listening to customer wants and needs -- beyond price?

April 26, 2012

Is selling in the trucking industry nothing more than pricing

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:08 AM | » Comments(2)

Super-load gives a new definition to the term "big rig"

It took three Mack titans, one in front and two in back, to move the load.

April 20, 2012

How do you move a nearly million-pound load? Design your own trailer, with 192 wheels, and big power from Mack trucks -- three of them

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 6:37 AM | » Comments(1)

Dressed for Success

April 12, 2012

Truckers often lament that they are no longer viewed as the "knights of the road." You've seen pictures of those knights, back in the '50s: clean-cut guys, wearing uniforms and caps, boasting badges or pins denoting years of service

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:07 PM | » Comments(1)

Thinking big on infrastructure

The Missouri DOT does a bridge inspection. Many of the nation's bridges are deemed functionally or structurally deficient.

April 11, 2012

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins for daring to think big when it comes to infrastructure

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:17 PM | » Comments(0)

LNG as a sales tool

April 4, 2012

Here's a different twist on the question of whether you should go with natural gas: It could be a selling tool to your customers that are tired of the volatility of fuel price surcharges

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 4, 2012 8:43 AM | » Comments(0)

Trends from Mid-America: Natural gas

Cummins' ISX 12 G

March 26, 2012

Nearly every press conference and presentation at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last week seemed to mention natural gas

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 7:32 PM | » Comments(0)

Trends from Mid-America: 6x2s

March 26, 2012

A drive axle configuration that is common in Europe is getting more attention on this side of the pond: the 6x2

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 7:27 PM | » Comments(0)

Trends from Mid-America: Vertical integration

Mack's new entry into the virtual integration race.

March 26, 2012

Now that I've been back from Louisville for a few days and have had a little time to digest the whirlwind of press conferences and the feast of displays

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 2:48 PM | » Comments(0)

Peterbilt Technology Truck talks to iPad

March 23, 2012

I saw a lot of neat iPad apps this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. But one of the coolest was on Peterbilt's 2012 Technology Truck

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 23, 2012 5:36 AM | » Comments(1)

Putting down the Mountain Dew

March 12, 2012

Many truckers won't hit the road without their super-size cups full of Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew, but a new study suggests that habit may be linked to a significantly higher risk of heart attacks

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2012 7:19 PM | » Comments(2)

Fuel choices will make dollar sense, says DOE's Chu

March 6, 2012

Dr. Steven Chu, the thoughtful and studious Secretary of Energy, went from Climate Change to oil supplies to small, powerful engines in his presentation to the Green Truck Summit yesterday, and showed how they're all linked

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 6, 2012 6:05 AM | » Comments(0)

Giant Boulder Move is Truly a 'Rock Star'

This load is traveling 105 miles through four counties and 22 cities.

March 1, 2012

There's something fascinating about the specialized super-loads hauled by the likes of Emmert International.

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Fracking continues to generate controversy amidst natural-gas boom

Tower for hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, Lycoming County, Pa.

February 29, 2012

Boy, what to think of the world of fracking lately

Tags: Going Green, Natural Gas, Fracking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

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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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