Curtainside Trailers Made for Alley Deliveries

A soft-sided trailer can be loaded and unloaded through rear doors, but usually is worked over its sides.

If this rig suffers a flat tire, its driver has plenty of spares. Naw -- he's delivering the load to Peterbilt's plant in Denton, Tex.

November 25, 2015

The concept came from Europe, where not many factories have loading docks, but they do have alleyways for trucks to make pickups and deliveries.

Tags: Trailers, Peterbilt Motors Company, Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Curtainside Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

Smoothing air flow saves fuel money, and every little bit adds up.

Trailer portion of Freightliner's SuperTruck, displayed at the ATA expo last month, has large aero fairings and another so small you might not notice.

November 11, 2015

SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper."

Tags: Freightliner, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck, UnderTray

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 11, 2015 1:42 PM | » Comments(0)

Patience, Persistence Needed to Bring Young People into the Industry

Photo by Jim Park

October 30, 2015

Are we going overboard in pushing kids toward a college education? One reader responds to Deborah Lockridge's October editorial, and she has this follow-up in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Driver Shortage

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2015 2:32 PM | » Comments(2)

Reporter Delivers Good News to a Trailer Wrap Winner

The wraps for the sides and rears of 53-foot vans are part of ATA’s campaign to boost trucking’s image among the general public.

Four designs, including this one, salute truck drivers and other employees.

October 30, 2015

One way to liven up a business meeting is an interesting raffle, and the American Trucking Associations obliged at its recent Management Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, giving away two sets of colorful vinyl trailer wraps with pro-industry messages.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Trucking's image

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2015 7:00 AM | » Comments(0)

AeroKits for Tractors Now Offered for Flatbed, Tanker Trailers

Like the kit for vans, the product need be applied only to a tractor, not the trailer, which saves money.

Indian River Transport successfully tested the AeroKit for tankers and decided to retrofit many of its tractors, FlowBelow said previously. The product for tractors pulling tankers and flatbeds is now generally available. Photo: FlowBelow

October 17, 2015

FlowBelow Aero Inc., the manufacturer of fairings and wheel covers that control air movement around a road tractor’s drive wheels, is now selling a version for tractors that pull flatbed and tank trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Tankers, Flatbed Trailers, ATA MC&E

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:42 PM | » Comments(0)

CO2, Bad as a GHG, Becomes Good as a Refrigerant

NaturaLine CO2 reefer units go to sea on containers hauling perishables. Photo: Carrier Transicold

October 9, 2015

The same CO2 that government regulators work to control as a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming might be embraced as a more environmentally friendly compound to keep our perishables at safe temperatures.

Tags: Carrier Transicold, Transport Refrigeration, Reefers, Refrigerated Trailers, GHG

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, October 9, 2015 12:00 AM | » 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(0)

Are Small Trucking Companies Missing Out on the Recovery?

Expensive equipment, e-logs and other regs are tough on small fleets.

Photo by Evan Lockridge

September 24, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports that despite record freight and revenue levels in the trucking industry, small fleets are going out of business or being gobbled up. Deborah Lockridge asks for readers' experiences and predictions in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Small Fleets, ELDs, E-logs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:12 AM | » Comments(0)

Trooper Builds Relationship with Truckers Through Facebook Page

September 23, 2015

"These guys are out here on the road 24/7, so are we. Why not make it a better working relationship?"

Tags: Indiana, Image, Enforcement

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:48 PM | » Comments(3)

Ladies, Gentlemen; Please Meet THE Dumbest Truck Driver in the World

YouTube screen capture

August 24, 2015

You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | » Comments(13)

Daredevil Shatters Record with 166-foot Truck Jump

Photo courtesy of Mike Ryan Motor Sports.

July 28, 2015

Equipment Editor Jim Park, can think of a lot of things he'd like to do in a big truck, but jumping over a 160-foot abyss isn't one of them. In his 'On the Road' blog he explains he'll gladly leave that to the professionals.

Tags: Freightliner, In the Media

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Were Those Old Trucks Really as Good as We Remember?

Still one of my favorites, this example, a 1980 International Transtar Eagle, belongs to Steve Constantin of Hamilton, Ontario. Photo by Jim Park

July 9, 2015

A weekend at an antique and classic truck show opens up the floodgates and the memories of 20 years on the road come flooding back. Equipment Editor Jim Park makes a few seat-of-the-pants comparisons of the truck he used to drive to the trucks we're driving today.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Classic Truck, History, Cabovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:10 AM | » Comments(3)

Sometimes it's Driver Error; Sometimes it's an Optical Illusion

Illustration via WSBTV

May 4, 2015

We all know some freeway off-ramp bends are too tight, but we sort of expect that. When the mainline of the highway has too tight a turn it can be shocking. All the more so when your eyes tell you the road is straight ...

Tags: Truck Drivers, Interstate, Rollovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, May 4, 2015 9:03 AM | » Comments(1)

Too Fast for Your Tires?

Truck speeds above 75 mpg can compromise tires, but that's less likely to happen if they are properly maintained. Photo by Jim Park

April 8, 2015

Are higher highway speed limits a real threat to tire safety? A recent Associated Press story suggests that trucks running north of 75 mph could be at elevated risk of tire failure because they are going too fast. Equipment Editor Jim Park offers insight into the truth of the matter.

Tags: Tire Inflation, NHTSA, Tires

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)


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