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How We Pay Drivers

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 READ MORE

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?

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 READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Logistics -- not just for trucks

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 READ MORE

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.

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

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

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 READ MORE

Tags: Going Green

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

Qualcomm: More than satellite tracking

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 READ MORE

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

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

Tags: Fleet Focus

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

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in the news

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" READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

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

Three fleets talk about their buying plans

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 READ MORE

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.

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 READ MORE

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

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 READ MORE

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.

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 READ MORE

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.

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

Tags: In the Media

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

Five words or less

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. READ MORE

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

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 READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Paying for safety

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

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Navistar Puts a New Spin on EGR Valves

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

Tags: Equipment

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

Abolish the federal fuel tax?

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 READ MORE

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.

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 READ MORE

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)

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. READ MORE

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

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 READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 1, 2011 2:06 PM | » Comments(0)

Unzipping a tire

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

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.

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 READ MORE

Tags: Business

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

Truckin' TV

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

Tags: In the Media

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

A Hands-Free Mindset

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

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

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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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