All That's Trucking

Why are there tolls on interstates?

The Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1942.

February 19, 2012

The Federal Highway Administration recently named the third and final state in a pilot program on adding tolls to existing Interstate highways. But obviously there are already tolls on many Interstates. What gives

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Wheel-off incidents sure can get your attention

February 16, 2012

"If I had been up five minutes earlier, I wouldn't be having any conversations with anybody."

Tags: In the Shop

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:30 PM | » Comments(0)

Are "tough truckers" on "deadliest roads" good fun or bad image?

February 15, 2012

Looks like History Channel's Ice Road Truckers "Deadliest Roads" offshoot has inspired another channel to feature truckers in a "reality show," which looks like part "Deadliest Roads" and part "The Amazing Race.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 15, 2012 3:56 PM | » Comments(0)

How to be more innovative

What's the craziest recruiting idea you can come up with during a brainstorming session?

February 8, 2012

I've been surrounded by the concept of innovation lately. For the past few weeks, I've been selecting and interviewing our 2012 Truck Fleet Innovators for our March cover story - always fascinating. And last week, I enjoyed a thought-provoking session on innovation during the 2012 Recruitment & Retention Conferenc

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

What do trucks and a yacht have in common?

The PentaGone from Volvo's Penta marine- and industrial-engine company showcases the innovation that can happen with integration.

January 31, 2012

So what were a group of truck journalists doing last week on a 75-foot sport-fishing luxury yacht? Learning about the power of integration

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Tracking trends with HDT's Top 20

January 23, 2012

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking's editors pore through the pages of the last 12 months of product announcements we've run in the magazine and click through the pages of Truckinginfo.com, in search of the most innovative, significant and useful equipment and other items to honor as our Top 20

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 23, 2012 2:28 PM | » Comments(0)

Diversification Diligence

January 17, 2012

Diversification. It's a tactic trucking companies have been embracing for a while now

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:17 AM | » Comments(0)

So when will Google invent a self-driving truck?

Google's driverless car on a test course. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson)

January 11, 2012

Did you know Google has a fleet of robotic cars

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 6:14 PM | » Comments(0)

Are tolls the answer to our crumbling infrastructure?

The South Bay Expressway was touted as an example of how public-private partnerships could work. But only a few years after it opened, it filed for bankruptcy reorganization.

December 28, 2011

Two stories hit my desk last week that highlight the place of tolls and public-private partnerships in the debate on infrastructure funding

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:22 AM | » Comments(1)

Romney Says Borrowing OK for Infrastructure

December 20, 2011

As our elected officials on Capitol Hill continue to kick the can down the road on a highway bill, one presidential hopeful was caught on tape saying as much as he hates borrowing, transportation infrastructure might be one place it makes sense

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:29 AM | » Comments(1)

Some states are backing away from 'killer chemical' de-icers

Brake shoe corrosion was one of the early indicators of a problem with new de-icers.

December 13, 2011

Here's some welcome news: Some states are looking for alternatives to de-ice their roads, instead of the extremely corrosive magnesium chloride and calcium chloride de-icers that have vexed the trucking industry for the past decade

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:19 AM | » Comments(0)

Wreaths Across America

The trucking industry helps honor the nation's fallen heroes.

December 2, 2011

Tomorrow, Dec. 10, is Wreaths Across America Day, and the trucking industry is an integral part of this annual event. This week, 46 trucking companies hauled 80 truckloads of fresh wreaths (about 325,000) to be laid on graves at more than 700 veterans' cemeteries across the nation

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, December 2, 2011 7:52 AM | » Comments(1)

Visions of the Future

Mercedes-Benz concept trailer slashes wind drag 18%.

November 28, 2011

I grew up reading a lot of sci-fi, so I"m intrigued by portrayals of futuristic trucks and transportation

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 28, 2011 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Senate Gets Version of NAT GAS Act; Bipartisan Backers Tout Jobs, Energy Security Benefits

Natural gas-fueled engines are now available for trucks, but cost has limited market penetration. If the NAT GAS Act becomes law and the credits begin to flow, CNG and LNG powered vehicles should become more popular. Photo by Jim Park.

November 15, 2011

A U.S. Senate bill granting generous tax credits for using natural gas as a motor fuel will create jobs, make the United States more self-sufficient in energy and has broad bipartisan support, say Democrat and Republican senators who introduced it yesterday

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 6:23 PM | » Comments(0)

Trucker saves woman from murderous ex-boyfriend

When Mike Schiotis stopped to help, at first he thought it was just another one of the countless collisions he's stopped for in his 16 years of driving.

November 11, 2011

It wasn't the first time Mike Schiotis, a driver for Panther Expedite, had stopped to help a motorist in need, but his heroic actions earlier this month will be one time he sure won't forget

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, November 11, 2011 2:14 PM | » Comments(2)

Clean diesel -- it's not just for trucks

The first 2012 Passat owner, Matt Duchesne, receives his all-new clean-diesel-powered Volkswagen from Mike Gabbani, general sales manager at Stevens Creek Volkswagen, in San Jose, Calif.

November 8, 2011

Who would have thought that you'd find a roundup of 2012 diesel cars on a website called the Practical Environmentalist?

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12:58 PM | » Comments(0)

How We Pay Drivers

November 4, 2011

Every time a driver shortage looms, speakers at industry meetings talk about the fact that drivers aren't paid enough. Last month's American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition was no exception

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, November 4, 2011 11:09 AM | » Comments(2)

How would mandatory speed limiters on trucks affect highway safety?

Do differential speeds negate benefits of lower speed limits?

November 2, 2011

Mandatory speed limiters. It's one of those topics on which you see heated debate in this industry, and there doesn't seem to be a clear-cut winner

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 2, 2011 1:52 PM | » Comments(2)

Logistics -- not just for trucks

October 24, 2011

Logistical support may not seem like a common charitable contribution. But for the MS Society of Greater Delaware Valley, the logistics expertise provided by NFI is one of the reasons the group's annual bike ride event to benefit those living with multiple sclerosis is so successful

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 24, 2011 2:51 PM | » Comments(0)

Fans and fuel

Fan operation can significantly affect fuel economy. BorgWarner this year started offering its electronic Visctronic viscous variable-speed fan drives as optional equipment for Freightliner Cascadia trucks.

October 7, 2011

One of the fun things about researching articles is how you can end up in a totally different place than where you started

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 7, 2011 12:04 PM | » Comments(1)

A bone to pick with Pickens

T. Boone Pickens, natural gas crusader

October 7, 2011

I recently had an opportunity to hear T. Boone Pickens speak. It was my second time to hear the billionaire-oilman-turned-alternative-energy-crusader, and once again I walked out of the meeting room frustrated

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 7, 2011 9:43 AM | » Comments(0)

Qualcomm: More than satellite tracking

September 27, 2011

If you still think of Qualcomm as the company that sells those satellite-tracking domes that go on top of trucks, it's time for a second look. In fact, one company exec foresees a day when Qualcomm Enterprise Services could be entirely a trucking software provider

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:01 PM | » Comments(0)

Helping trucking's image and recruiting efforts at the same time

September 16, 2011

Last December, I blogged about the great image people who watched the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl were getting of trucking

Tags: Fleet Focus

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in the news

September 14, 2011

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Drivers often scoff at trucking company efforts to celebrate the week; what is a free hot dog or cap, they say -- "show us the money"

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:39 AM | » Comments(0)

Three fleets talk about their buying plans

September 12, 2011

For October's Trailer Report, Senior Editor Tom Berg spoke with several flatbed fleets about their current buying plans and trailer specs. It turns out these fleets are also buying new trucks

Tags: Fleet Focus

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 12, 2011 12:22 PM | » 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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