All That's Trucking

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)

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)

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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