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Drivers Weigh in on Swift-Knight Merger via Facebook

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

April 11, 2017

Knight’s Facebook page was busy Monday with questions and answers about the big merger news with Swift. Deborah Lockridge has highlights in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:23 AM | » Comments(2)

This Company Says It's Giving Truck Drivers a Voice – And Great Deals

HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge visits with One20 and TruckThat founder Christian Schenk.

Christian Schenk, center, with the One20 team, which aims to give drivers the tools and discounts that will help make their lives easier. Photo: One20

April 7, 2017

Christian Schenk is on a mission — to make drivers' lives better. In her All That's Trucking blog, Deborah Lockridge shares what she learned in a wide-ranging interview with Schenk on his One20 and TruckThat brands, which take an unconventional approach to being a driver advocate.

Tags: Drivers, MATS, One20

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 7:42 AM | » Comments(2)

Why Self-Driving Trucks Don't Add Up

Autonomous technologies don't necessarily mean drivers won't still have a place in the truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks

April 5, 2017

Will self-driving trucks put truck drivers out of work? The numbers just don't add up, say two Brookings Institute analysts. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Drivers, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:16 AM | » Comments(2)

Will Driver Misclassification Issues Ease Under Trump Administration?

Independent contractors operating at ports, like the Port of Long Beach, are challenging their status. Photo: Jim Park

February 7, 2017

What will happen to the battle over the alleged "misclassification" of owner-operator truck drivers under our new Republican administration? Deborah Lockridge has some insight in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Legal, Independent Contractors

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:39 PM | » Comments(0)

The Power of Dressing for Success

Could a uniform actually help drivers be better at their jobs? (Photo: Walmart)

September 30, 2015

Drivers' appearance has an effect on trucking’s image – but did you know that in addition to affecting other peoples’ perceptions of you, how you dress can affect how well you do your job?

Tags: Drivers, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:08 PM | » Comments(2)

Sleep Apnea in Truckers Continues to Confuse

Are doctors going overboard in sending drivers for expensive sleep studies?

September 25, 2015

Are doctors going overboard in sending drivers for expensive sleep studies? Deborah Lockridge explores this topic in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Medical Examiners, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 25, 2015 5:48 AM | » Comments(6)

Is 'Abused Driver Syndrome' Rampant in the Industry?

July 12, 2015

When Tony Keller went to work for Oregon-based Combined Transport he had a hard time understanding why turnover was so high. Learn what he did in Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Combined Transport

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, July 12, 2015 7:06 AM | » Comments(11)

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Local Media and Trucking

April 30, 2015

From a happy trucking couple to a one-sided "investigation" of cheating on logbooks, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look at a few of the local stories covering trucking this week in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, In the Media, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

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(6)

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 & 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 & 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 & 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

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(12)

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 & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(21)

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)

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