All That's Trucking

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)

Unzipping a tire

July 29, 2011

You've heard of zipper ruptures; ever seen one? Me, neither -- until now

Tags: In the Shop

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 8:03 AM | » Comments(2)

Horton looks back at 60 years

Hugh K. Schilling founded Horton in 1951.

July 29, 2011

The history of many companies in the trucking business is often colorful. I had no idea Horton's history went back so far, but it turns out the company is celebrating Its 60th anniversary this month

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 7:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Truckin' TV

July 26, 2011

With the large number of reality-based TV programs out there, it seems trucking is getting a lot of exposure

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:40 AM | » Comments(0)

A Hands-Free Mindset

July 22, 2011

This month in Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, I explained how carriers can comply with forthcoming hands-free-only regulations on mobile devices

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2011 2:17 PM | » Comments(1)

An infamous name from the truck-bashing archives

This image from the Truck Safety Coalition website is an example of the type of message in Gavzer's controversial article.

July 21, 2011

The obituary of a former journalist with an unusual name yesterday tickled my memory

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:56 PM | » Comments(1)

Reality TV shows off entertaining side of life at a truckstop

Midway's Joe Bechtold chats it up with customers in this

July 20, 2011

I'm not sure whether this will paint trucking (or the Show-Me State) in a favorable light, but from the trailer, it's bound to be interesting

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucks that help you drive may be just around the corner

July 13, 2011

Like many commuters that drive to work, I sometimes fantasize of a futuristic car that drives itself from my parking space at home to the Heavy Duty Trucking office 25 miles away in suburban Chicago

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2:06 PM | » Comments(0)

Speed, fuel economy and pay

July 13, 2011

When people ask me about trucking, I often tell them it's not like "Smokey and the Bandit." But if you read this article in the Wall Street Journal, you'd think the average trucker wishes they were out there speeding down the highway and outwitting the bumbling sheriff

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:00 PM | » Comments(1)

This dealer takes the plunge for charity

Truck Dealer of the Year Finalist Erick Jorgensen and his three daughters take the plunge to benefit Special Olympics.

July 11, 2011

"You get in the water and it is an instant shock. You come out and your arms and feet don't work," said Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises in Hartland, Wis

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 12:50 PM | » Comments(0)

Truck-racing Ryan tackles a new challenge

July 7, 2011

Here's a fun bit of video for your summer vacation watching pleasure: Mike Ryan taking his modified Freightliner race truck up narrow, winding, paved and dirt roads in the 2011 "Climb to the Clouds" Mt. Washington Hillclimb, one of America's oldest auto races

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 7, 2011 8:26 AM | » Comments(0)

And you thought electric trucks were a recent invention....

June 21, 2011

We've seen a lot of interest in electric trucks this past year or two, especially package vans -- the Transit Connect Electric, Internationals' e-Star, the Smith Newton, Freightliner Custom Chassis' MT45-EV. But did you know there were electric delivery trucks 100 years ago

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:11 AM | » Comments(2)

A reporter gets taste of driving a big rig

Last year's national truck driving championships.

June 20, 2011

What a great idea to help educate the public about trucking: Get reporters behind the wheel of a big rig

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 20, 2011 8:05 AM | » Comments(0)

Does using GPS rot your brain?

June 17, 2011

On the radio this morning, I heard a report about a young woman who drove her rental SUV right off of a boat launch while trying to use a GPS unit to find her way to a conference

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 9:52 AM | » Comments(5)

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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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