All That's Trucking

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)

What will become of Obama's infrastructure bank proposal?

President Obama delivers his jobs speech to Congress.

September 9, 2011

Is an infrastructure bank a "Fannie and Freddie for roads and bridges," or a silver bullet to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges and create jobs

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 9, 2011 11:26 AM | » Comments(0)

CARB Staff: Compliance Deadline for '04 Reefers Should Stay Dec. 31

September 8, 2011

There'll be no extensions to the seven-year legal life of 2004-model transport refrigeration units (TRUs), which will expire Dec. 31 if the California Air Resources Board sides with the recommendation of its staff

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

The True Meaning of "Sustainability"

Walmart is one fleet that works hard on turning sustainability into greenbacks, as with this hybrid-electric Freightliner Cascadia project.

September 6, 2011

We're working on the October issue of HDT, with a cover story focusing on "Sustainability Success Stories," and Senior Editor Tom Berg wants to know: What the heck does this this "sustainability" word mean that has become such a corporate buzzword

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:42 AM | » Comments(1)

What's in a name?

We debut a new logo with our September cover.

August 29, 2011

LOL. KFC. GHG. 3PL. VMT. HDT

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 29, 2011 8:42 AM | » Comments(0)

Five words or less

August 29, 2011

On a LinkedIn transportation discussion group, there's been a discussion thread where members answer the simple question: "In five words or less, describe what you do.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 29, 2011 8:21 AM | » Comments(0)

'Video game' aims to prevent truck-train crashes

August 25, 2011

Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit dedicated to railway safety education, released an online "video game" earlier this year designed to instill safe habits into truck drivers

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:42 AM | » Comments(0)

Paying for safety

August 23, 2011

Here's some food for thought for our elected officials when it comes to the importance of highway safety and infrastructure

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2011 8:33 AM | » Comments(0)

Navistar Puts a New Spin on EGR Valves

August 15, 2011

You can't help but notice the positive vibe coming out of Melrose, Ill. about the MaxxForce 15 engine.

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 15, 2011 2:22 PM | » Comments(1)

Abolish the federal fuel tax?

August 15, 2011

UPDATED -- It seems these days the only thing Congress can agree on is that they disagree on most everything. Now that the debt ceiling crisis has passed, the next battle could affect you

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 15, 2011 11:49 AM | » Comments(1)

Shell betting $19 billion on gas-to-liquid technology

Shell Pearl gas-to-liquid plant in Qatar will turn natural gas into a fuel that can be used in diesel engines.

August 11, 2011

We've been hearing a lot about the use of natural gas in vehicles, either in compressed or liquefied form. But Shell is ramping up production on a plant that turns natural gas directly into a diesel-type fuel and lubricants

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:35 AM | » Comments(0)

Highway funding in crisis

Four years ago, the I-35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed. Many hoped it would lead to a major change in infrastructure funding. (Photo from Minnesota DOT)

August 1, 2011

Four years ago this week, the eight-lane, 1,907-foot-long I-35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis experienced a catastrophic failure in the main span of the deck truss, with more than 100 vehicles on the 1,000-foot span when it collapsed.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 1, 2011 2:36 PM | » Comments(0)

A peek Into a cargo thief's bag of tricks

August 1, 2011

In interviewing security experts for our July cover story on cargo security, I learned about some of the latest tricks being used by cargo thieves

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 1, 2011 2:06 PM | » 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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