All That's Trucking

Guest Editorial: Did you hear the one about the FMCSA?

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge questions the makeup of a key committee advising the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge

This financial advisor walks into a meeting of people who advise the federal government when it comes to safety policy involving trucks and says he's in favor of speed limiters... This may sound like the beginning of a joke, however, it's anything but funny. READ MORE


Author: Evan Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(7)

The fallacy of the open door

An old driver got to the pearly gates of heaven and was welcomed by St. Peter, who told him how much the big guy appreciated all his hard work over the years getting the freight there on time and watching out for all the motorists on the road. St. Peter showed the trucker over to the prettiest fleet of trucks he had ever seen. READ MORE

Tags: TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Why is the DOT Taking so Long to Move on Hair Testing for Drugs?

Schneider National is one of a number of major fleets who have discovered many drug users are not caught by DOT-mandated urine testing.

The American Trucking Associations used the National Transportation Safety Board's stricter impaired-driving regulations as an opportunity to again push for the DOT to move forward on a process to allow motor carriers to collect hair samples for DOT-required drug testing in lieu of the currently mandated urine testing process. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(20)

Highways Are No Slaughterhouse

Comparisons of trucking to a slaughterhouse are unwarranted.

Slaughtered. The dictionary on my computer defines it as "kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers : innocent civilians are being slaughtered." The use of this word by the "Truck Safety Coalition" in the context of truck accidents is irresponsible and reprehensible. READ MORE

Tags: Truck Weights, Crash

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Why the industry needs more women

When Sandra Ambrose-Clark, president of ESJ Carrier Corp., told her daughter's teacher she was up for the Influential Woman in Trucking Award from Women in Trucking and Navistar, the teacher was surprised. How could Ambrose-Clark, a vivacious and well-dressed woman with an impeccable manicure, be in trucking? READ MORE

Tags: Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

3 Things That Don't Matter to Drivers as Much as You Might Think

Driver surveys done for the Truckload Carriers Association's Best Fleets to Drive For program seem to indicate that driver pay -- and some other issues -- may not matter to drivers as much as you might think. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, TCA, Recruiting, Retention

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Distracted Driving: Daydreaming Worse than Cell Phones

April is Distracted Driving Month, and research by Erie Insurance shows that daydreaming, or being "lost in thought," is far worse than cell phone use when it comes to distracted-driving crashes, Deborah Lockridge reports in her "All That's Trucking Blog." READ MORE

Tags: Insurance, Distracted Driving

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Next on the Distracted-Driving Hit List: Google Glass?

I'm wondering, has Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seen this video showing how the new Google Glass product is supposed to work? Because I'm pretty sure he might have something to say about Google Glass and distracted driving. READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, West Virginia

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Is Our Infrastructure Crumbling, or Not?

Highway funding debate muddied by claims of improving infrastructure

Critics of the push to revamp highway funding say events such as the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 are isolated incidents that don't take into account data showing improvements in the nation's infrastructure. If you really call a D+ an improvement.

In the debate over how to increase highway funding, the call is often made to raise fuel taxes or develop other funding mechanisms to fix our crumbling highways and bridges, a problem brought tragically to the forefront by the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in August 2007 that killed 13 people. Now, clouding the debate in Washington is the claim that our infrastructure really isn't crumbling after all. READ MORE

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Congestion, Highways

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Nitrogen Tire Inflation: Good Enough for NASA

This display at the Hunstville, Ala., Space and Rocket Center got me thinking about nitrogen and tires.

Nitrogen tire inflation is not new -- it was even used in space shuttle tires! HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Maintenance, Tires

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Marijuana and Truck Driving Don't Mix

No matter what you believe about the safety of marijuana, it's still illegal for interstate truck drivers.

So how bad is smoking marijuana for you, anyway? Well, if you're a truck driver, it's very dangerous to your license and livelihood, writes Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog, no matter what various contradictory studies say about how safe it is to drive while under the influence of cannabis. READ MORE

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(6)

Is a CDL worth someone's life?

In December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took the unusual action of declaring a driver, not a company, an “imminent hazard” and ordered him to cease operating. READ MORE

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Popular Mechanics Tells Readers 'How to Avoid Getting Squashed by a Semi'

Popular Mechanics magazine, which takes on topics ranging from "Ab Machines That Work" to "How to Make Beer," now adds sharing the road with trucks to its repertoire. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

What can you do to fight human sex trafficking?

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, so it's a good time to highlight the trucking industry's efforts to fight the use of young women who are treated as sex slaves, often in the truckstops of rest areas and truckstops frequented by truckers READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Are you tougher than a Mack Truck?

Are you stronger than a Mack truck? Competitors for the World's Strongest Man competition recently took on the challenge READ MORE

Tags: Equipment, Mack Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Navistar CEO will know he's done his job when they start looking for a replacement

Lewis Campbell, interim CEO of Navistar.

THe Chicago Tribune this week named Lewis Campbell, CEO of Navistar, as one of its "Ones to Watch" in 2013 READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Navistar, Chicago

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, January 8, 2013 8:19 AM | » Comments(0)

Toll hikes and the law of unintended consequences

A truck enters the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Photo by Ben Schumin via Wikimedia Commons)

As public officials look to public-private partnerships and toll roads as one way to address the issue of infrastructure funding, one question that comes up is whether fewer trucks will use the toll roads, thus leading to lower toll revenues than anticipate READ MORE

Tags: Government, Infrastructure, Tolls, Pennsylvania

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Natural gas, fuel surcharges and carbon credits

UPS is one company that touts carbon-neutral shipping. Should you?

In our series on natural gas last fall, we included some information on determining payback. I got a letter from a reader telling me I left out a critical consideration: fuel surcharges READ MORE

Tags: Going Green, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Top 10 Most-Viewed Trucking Stories of 2012

The most-viewed stories on for 2012 were heavy on news from Washington, D.C., whether from the FMCSA or the halls of Congress, as well as from Lisle, Ill., where Navistar International is headquartered READ MORE

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:34 AM | » Comments(1)

Tires and Tiaras: Speedco Helps Grant Child's Wish

People might think of trucking, tires and service bays as a typical "manly" realm, but for a little girl in Arizona, a Speedco became a princess fantasy READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Make-A-Wish

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:21 AM | » Comments(0)

Helping Hands at Holiday Time

One thing I've learned in the past two-plus decades of covering this business is that most truckers have a big heart, and that goes for the entire industry, as well -- drivers, companies, dealers, manufacturers, you name it READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Peterbilt, Charity

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Hiring a driver without a CDL is not the answer to the driver shortage

A West Texas TV news crew discovered a lot of drivers without CDLs, thanks to a driver shortage in the oil fields.

The demand for truck drivers seems to be leading some unscrupulous companies to hire drivers who don't have a commercial driver's license READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance, CDL, Texas, FMCSA

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:01 AM | » Comments(0)

States looking at highway funding

Pennsylvania is one state that may look to raise fuel taxes to pay for an infrastructure funding shortfall.

Increasing fuel taxes may be a near-taboo topic on Capitol Hill, but as state legislators and governors look to 2013 budgets and highway funding, a number are considering raising state fuel taxes to pay for needed infrastructure work READ MORE

Tags: Government, Highways, Diesel, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:28 PM | » Comments(0)

Are equipment prices the new diesel fuel?

When it comes to the potential to drive carriers out of the industry, equipment is becoming the new diesel fuel, says Bob Costello, the chief economist of the American Trucking Associations READ MORE

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:48 AM | » Comments(0)

We're not the only industry facing a recruiting and training crisis

It's a job once viewed as glamorous, but these days, not so much. It involves a lot of time away from home. And it takes a lot of time and money to get the needed training to get a license and a job -- but the pay's not all that great. READ MORE

Tags: Trends, Training, Driver Shortage, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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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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