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Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

Blog Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

It appears the car has been pulled up under the trailer's corner by its spinning tires. Like many truck-car accidents, the car's driver seems to be at fault. But still....

April 26, 2017

Checking the mirrors should be a normal part of driving, but maybe 'Mike' had other things to look at than the car caught up in his trailer. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:39 AM | » Comments(0)

Where Did the North Koreans Get Those Missile-Toting Trucks?

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Civilian version of Wanshan's WS51200 is meant for off-road hauling of timber, ore and fuel. But paint it olive-drab and outfit it with an erector-launch body, and the rough-terrain truck becomes a military threat.

April 18, 2017

Where did North Korea get its trucks and trailers to haul weapons? On the internet there are reports that the trucks and tractor-trailers were made in China, with – yikes! -- American and German components. Tom Berg explores the question in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Cummins, China, ZF, Military Vehicles, Military Trucks, North Korea

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:20 AM | » Comments(0)

How ELDs Could Help Fix Problems with Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The end of paper logbooks may be just what the industry needs to make its case about unrealistic hours of service regulations. Photo: Jim Park.

April 14, 2017

When it comes to addressing real-world problems with federal truck driver hours of service rules, we all know the government moves very slowly. The good news is, the controversial electronic logging device mandate could actually help the industry make its case. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 14, 2017 6:02 AM | » Comments(4)

Knight-Swift: A Merger of Mindsets

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

April 12, 2017

Executive Editor David Cullen says if any two companies were made for each other, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation were. After plowing through the transcript of the conference call held for analysts to disclose the impending birth of a new trucking behemoth — Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. — he explains why in his Passing Zone blog.

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

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:44 AM | » Comments(0)

Rear Impact Guard Puts Wabash Up for Swedish Steel Prize

Blog Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

April 12, 2017

HDT's Tom Berg says his friend Mike, who died in a rear underride crash more than 44 years ago, would be happy about recent safety advancements. Read more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: IIHS, Rear-End Collisions, High-Strength Steel, Wabash National, Safety, Rear Impact Guards

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:12 AM | » Comments(1)

CNN Highlights Trucking's Role in Fighting Human Trafficking

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Inland Kenworth will auction off a special KW T680 "Everyday Heroes" truck in June and donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking. Here the truck is on display at FlowBelow's booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting earlier this year. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

April 12, 2017

CNN tells the story of human trafficking through the eyes of a trucker who was responsible for the liberation of a 20-year-old abused and tortured sex slave. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media, Human trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:01 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

Terror by Truck: It's Happened Again

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unattended trucks could become instruments of destruction. Photo by Jim Park

April 7, 2017

Someone in Stockholm, Sweden, crashed a delivery truck into a crowded department store, killing at least three. It's been described as an act of terror, but it may also have been a crime of opportunity. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor Jim Park asks: Are we ready to prevent or defend against such an attack?

Tags: Cybersecurity, Terrorism

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 1:04 PM | » Comments(1)

Drop Decks, Aluminum Transition Radii, and the Romans

Blog by Tom Berg, Contributing Senior Editor

Can you see a Roman arch in the radius under the transition area of this Mac single-drop aluminum trailer? The radius directs weight away from the 90-degree joint above.

April 7, 2017

I looked at the transition radius on a Mac aluminum drop deck and it occurred to me that the radius is an arc, a portion of an arch – that engineering marvel devised by Roman engineers more than 2,000 years ago.

Tags: Aluminum, Dropdeck Trailers, Engineering, Trailers, Steel

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 12:10 PM | » Comments(0)

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)

EPA Aims to Toss Away SmartWay

Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

April 4, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, HDT's David Cullen weighs in on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to eliminate the agency's voluntary fuel-saving SmartWay program as part of budget cuts under the Trump administration.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, April 4, 2017 2:22 PM | » Comments(15)

Semitrailer Inventor August Fruehauf to Enter Automotive Hall of Fame

The semitrailer, Hemmings.com says, “triggered the wide-scale distribution of modern consumer goods."

August Fruehauf, a German immigrant and blacksmith, found inspiration for the semitrailer from the horses he shoed.

March 29, 2017

Fruehauf, as a blacksmith, noted that horses that pulled rather than carried loads were in better shape. He reasoned that trucks would likewise last longer if they towed rather than toted loads.

Tags: Trailers, Trucking History, Fruehauf, Semitrailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:09 PM | » Comments(0)

For the Love of Robots

Poster for the production of R.U.R.(Rossum’s Universal Robots) by the Marionette Theatre, New York, 1939. Image: U.S. WPA Federal Theatre Project

March 29, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, HDT's David Cullen ponders whether self-driving trucks will just take away a job that very few people want anymore.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Robots

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Do You Have a Will?

It's far easier to get your will in order than it will be for your family to figure out your wishes after your gone without a will. Photo by Jim Park

February 9, 2017

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:14 PM | » Comments(0)

House Transpo Committee Boldly Goes Online

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 6, 2017

Despite its ultra-wonky clunkiness, “infrastructure” is a word that keeps right on trending hard inside the Beltway.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 6, 2017 2:24 PM | » Comments(0)

The Not-So-New Capitol Hill Players…

Photo: Architect of the Capitol

January 13, 2017

How the Trump Presidency ultimately pans out, of course, remains to be seen. But a key influence on how well the 45th President might succeed as an agent of change is as clear as the electoral-college vote— the GOP establishment still holds sway on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 13, 2017 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

When Cummins Went to Indy

The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

August 10, 2016

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Cummins, Racing, History

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | » Comments(0)

Rodeo du Camion is a Trucking Event Like No Other

Photo: Jim Park

July 20, 2016

Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Canada, Rodeo du Camion

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | » Comments(1)

Leaky Roofs, Plugged DPFs and a Rainbow of Coolants: TMC Tackles them All

Photo by Jim Park

March 3, 2016

What we learn from sessions like TMC's Fleet Forum is that you probably aren't the only truck owner having a particular problem. It puts the boots to the oft-heard comment from dealers, "Gee, I've never heard that one before."

Tags: TMC, DPF, Heavy Duty Coolants, Antifreeze, Maintenance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | » Comments(0)

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