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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)

Ole Number One finds a new home in Iowa

Above, the first driver of the CCX truck talks about the truck. Below, L to R, Gary Frantz, Con-way, Dick Heyob, Con-way driver and original driver of the truck; Dave Miller, former president of Con-way Central, and museum curator Dave Meier.

The first truck to go into service for Con-way Central Express, a 1983 Ford CL9000 cabover, has a new home at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 15, 2011 2:18 PM | » Comments(2)

Got a Million-Mile Engine?

Jerry Kissinger and his 1991 Mack SuperLiner with a million-mile engine.

How much is a million? A children's book says it would take 23 days to even count to a million and that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale. For truckers, a million miles is about 10 years READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2011 10:10 AM | » Comments(0)

Demography 101

Ken Gronbach talks about generational shifts at the HDT/HDMA Fleet Summit. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

So what is a demographer, anyway? As Ken Gronbach's daughter put it, it's like an economist, only instead of counting financial indicators, he counts people READ MORE

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:21 PM | » Comments(1)

How Cummins is beating vertical integration

Cummins not only makes engines, it also makes aftertreatment and other components used on competing engines.

Now that every truck maker has its own captive engine, how does an independent engine company like Cummins survive READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Brake and Wheel 'Data Hound' One of Many Businesses Turning to iPad

The Apple iPad, now in its second generation, is being used for a lot more than e-books and web browsing.

Who would have guessed that Apple's iPad would be such a hard worker READ MORE

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:10 PM | » Comments(0)

U.S. Offices of Japanese Truck Builders Await Word of Disaster's Effects

The disaster in northeastern Japan is receiving blanket news coverage, but only in recent days have definitive stories emerged about its effects on commerce. Automobile plants southwest of the quake, tsunami and nuclear-affected region are shut down and supplies of Japanese cars and parts have been interrupted READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 8:16 PM | » Comments(0)

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