All That's Trucking

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)

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)

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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