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A Chat with Chinese Truckers at a Shell Roadshow Near Shanghai

Chinese trucks are larger, more powerful and more comfortable than they used to be. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

July 7, 2014

Chinese truckers talk about how trucks have changed in their country over the past two decades during Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's visit to a "truck park" near Shanghai.

Tags: Drivers, China, Truckstops, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver Shortage: Already Over the Cliff?

One fleet manager is reporting signs of an extreme driver shortage in his area.

(Photo by Jim Park)

July 1, 2014

One fleet manager says the driver shortage is even worse than is publicly being reported, with rates going through the roof on some lanes, because both fleets and shippers want to maintain a competitive advantage.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Freight Rates

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

What to Do About Fifth Wheel Grease

I bet this is one question you never saw on "Hints from Heloise."

April 16, 2014

Here's one question you probably never saw answered in the syndicated newspaper column "Hints from Heloise."

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Driver Has a Lot to Sing About (Video)

March 21, 2014

The Mid-America Trucking Show is next week, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog, which means lots of invitations to visit various booths at the Louisville show. One of the most unusual has been the opportunity to meet with a "celebrity in the making," Brad James.

Tags: Drivers, Mid-America Trucking Show

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Recruiting Women Drivers: Trucking as a Career Choice

These ads were judged some of the best at attracting women drivers.

February 11, 2014

The under-representation of women in the trucking industry is a special interest of Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, whether it's behind the wheel or in the board room. Her "All That's Trucking" blog post highlights three companies who are actively recruiting women drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Mid-America Trucking Show, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Lana Batts, 'Queen of the Road'

Lana Batts moderates a fleet panel during this year's Truckload Carriers Association meeting.

November 25, 2013

"Lana R. Batts and trucking are joined at the axle." So reads the opening sentence of a profile of Batts in DC Velocity, a magazine for distribution center managers and executives, where she talks about trucking and her latest endeavor, driver screening.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, In the Media, TCA, Women in Trucking, EEOC

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Hell Doesn’t Have to Freeze Over to Improve Trucking’s Image

Guest post from Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor

October 24, 2013

Guest writer Evan Lockridge wonders if a new image campaign could accomplish not only more than previous campaigns, but also a more united trucking front, in this On the Road blog post.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Image, ATA2013

Author: Evan Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

When Your Research Lab is a Truck Cab

One grad student takes to the highway for research on truck drivers.

September 3, 2013

Despite an increasing amount of research about trucking from the ivory towers of academia, few researchers ever experience what life is like on the road. However, one spent three years riding in trucks and interviewing long-haul drivers as part of his look into how truck drivers are affected by increasing demands for speed and flexibility.

Tags: Drivers, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

This Week's Trucking in the Media

August 30, 2013

Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary.

Tags: Highways, Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Stories You May Have Missed This Week

August 23, 2013

Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, including an article on trucker apps in the New York Times.

Tags: In the Media, Infrastructure, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking in the Media This Week

August 16, 2013

Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, from haunting truckstop photos to driverless trucks to cross-border trucking.

Tags: Safety and Compliance, In the Media, Drivers, Cross-Border Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

July 23, 2013

We've had several weeks now on the new hours of service rules. Some fleets are struggling to adjust, while others are seeing virtually no effects. Share your experiences in this "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Are you a 'Zombie Recruiter'?

July 16, 2013

It seems zombies are cool these days, with hit TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and books and movies like "World War Z." But being a "zombie recruiter" is not going to help you out at a time when good drivers are becoming more scarce than ever.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Good Are You at Recruiting Women Drivers?

“Women look for different information in a recruiting ad than men,” says Ellen Voie, Women in Trucking's President and CEO.

June 10, 2013

HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge recently wrote an editorial about why the trucking industry needs more women. She then got taken to task for making the assumption that you needed automatic transmissions to attract women drivers -- but as she says in her most recent blog post, maybe she should have focused on pet policies instead.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Women in Trucking, Arrow Truck Sales

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

Can Women Handle a Manual Transmission?

One reader takes exception to the notion that we have to spec automated or automatic transmissions to attract women drivers.

Who says women can't handle driving duties just as well as men?

May 28, 2013

One reader takes exception to the notion that we have to spec automated or automatic transmissions to attract women drivers. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge responds in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Transmissions, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(9)

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.

May 15, 2013

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.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Safety and Compliance

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

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

April 15, 2013

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.

Tags: Drivers, TCA, Recruiting, Retention

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

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

November 13, 2012

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.

Tags: Trends, Training, Driver Shortage, Drivers

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

Treating drivers right keeps Nussbaum driver turnover low

Nussbaum Operations Manager Doug Bradle demonstrates the company's dispatch system. The company's IT staff customized TMW solutions to give it more insight and help drivers get home more.

August 9, 2012

How does a trucking company with a 500-plus-mile average length of haul keep its driver turnover down around 30% when the industry average is over 100%

Tags: Drivers, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver recruiting website takes a different approach

The CDL Career Now! Team: (L to R) Craig Jablonski, CEO; Ben Onnie, VP of Operations, and Tyler LeBarge, VP of Business Development.

July 27, 2012

Three young men believe they have a better way of helping fleets find drivers

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 27, 2012 1:34 PM | » Comments(3)

Lessons from the '60s

McCauley was inspired by a driver who piloted a B-61 Mack with precision.

June 27, 2012

Randall McCauley drove his first truck at age 8, a 1940s GMC hauling hay on the farm in Barbour County, W.V

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Dressed for Success

April 12, 2012

Truckers often lament that they are no longer viewed as the "knights of the road." You've seen pictures of those knights, back in the '50s: clean-cut guys, wearing uniforms and caps, boasting badges or pins denoting years of service

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:07 PM | » Comments(1)

Putting down the Mountain Dew

March 12, 2012

Many truckers won't hit the road without their super-size cups full of Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew, but a new study suggests that habit may be linked to a significantly higher risk of heart attacks

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2012 7:19 PM | » Comments(2)

How to be more innovative

What's the craziest recruiting idea you can come up with during a brainstorming session?

February 8, 2012

I've been surrounded by the concept of innovation lately. For the past few weeks, I've been selecting and interviewing our 2012 Truck Fleet Innovators for our March cover story - always fascinating. And last week, I enjoyed a thought-provoking session on innovation during the 2012 Recruitment & Retention Conferenc

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

How We Pay Drivers

November 4, 2011

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

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, November 4, 2011 11:09 AM | » Comments(2)

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