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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)

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.

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

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

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 READ MORE

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

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 READ MORE

Tags: Infotech

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

Speed, fuel economy and pay

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 READ MORE

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.

"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 READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

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

Truck-racing Ryan tackles a new challenge

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 READ MORE

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....

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 READ MORE

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.

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

Tags: In the Media

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

Does using GPS rot your brain?

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 READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Washington officials turn "share the road" mentality into top safety numbers

Washington State enforcement officers with a truck wrapped with the TACT safety message.

"Although semi trucks can be intimidating, most truck crashes turn out to be the fault of the passenger car driver. READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, June 12, 2011 2:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Mack Delivers Special Shuttle to Kennedy Space Center

Mack employees built the simulated Space Shuttle Blake from an old military bus. They pose in 1995.

Mack Trucks delivered a special educational vehicle, the Shuttle Blake, to Kennedy Space Center for the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour READ MORE

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:11 PM | » Comments(0)

What the Sky Express bus crash may mean for trucking

The bus industry is not having a very good year. Tuesday's crash of a tour bus that killed four was only the most recent of a string of highly publicized tragic crashes where driver fatigue or other avoidable problems appear to be a factor READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:27 PM | » Comments(0)

New Face on Ice Road Truckers

Maya Sieber, the new female face on Ice Road Truckers.

When The History Channels' "Ice Road Truckers" series premieres Sunday, June 5, there will be a new woman trucker in the mix: Maya Sieber, age 27 READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 1:51 PM | » Comments(4)

Is racism at work in border trucking debate?

This shot by Porter Corn shows a Mexican truck in Monterrey, Mexico.

A Milwaukee-area truckstop recently pulled some not-so-humorous bumper stickers targeting illegal aliens from its shelves after a threatened protest. The incident got me thinking about the attitude of some in our industry toward our neighbors south of the border READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 8:50 AM | » Comments(12)

A Diesel at Indy

The historic 1952 Indy car on display in honor of Indy's 100th birthday.

This weekend will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, and Cummins has been highlighting its history with the iconic race READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:04 PM | » Comments(0)

Closing the gap

When you see drawings or mockups of futuristic trucks, one of the things you'll notice is there's virtually no gap between the tractor and trailer READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(3)

A talk with PacLease's Hunter about leasing, rental, equipment trends

I caught up with Olen Hunter at the recent National Private Truck Council meeting.

An aging fleet, the high cost of fuel, sticker shock on new trucks, and a recovering economy are driving interest in leasing, according to Olen Hunter, director of sales at PacLease READ MORE

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Blinded by Science in Hours of Service Debate

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration goes about rewriting its hours of service rules for truck drivers, it has been careful to make sure those changes are backed up by scientific studies. But it's starting to look like the regulators need to go back to science class READ MORE

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 2, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(0)

Storm stories

Philip Berry, Mystic Transportation, shot this photo at a Virginia truckstop.

[UPDATED] I woke up this morning to a story on the radio about a man in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finding the body of a neighbor's child under the wreckage of his house READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2011 8:06 AM | » Comments(2)

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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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