Blogs

Growth in Piggyback Includes Short Trailers

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Double-stacked domestic containers make intermodal trains exceptionally productive, but the boxes aren't good for all shipments. Image: A-Train via YouTube

January 18, 2018

Pups are less efficient than long trailers, but are when the 28-footers are loaded for certain destinations and their parcels avoid multiple handling en route. . .

Tags: Trailers, Piggybacking, Intermodal, Efficiency, Productivity, Railroads

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Roof Rake-Like Snow Scraper Solves a Dangerous Problem

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Garden mulch substitutes for snow in this dry-weather demonstration of the long-hhandled scraper. It seems to work. Photo: Mazen Shteiwi

January 6, 2018

Several northern states have laws requiring snow and ice to be removed from trucks and cars. But decreeing it is easier than doing it; automated devices aren't always where a snow-covered semi is. Tom Berg highlights one handheld alternative in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Trailers, Snow Removal, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Saturday, January 6, 2018 6:25 AM | » Comments(0)

Gauging Driver Pay by Salary Gains

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: Haldex

January 3, 2018

While long-haul drivers are seldom if ever salaried employees, knowing what the U.S. average percentage rate of increase is for employees who are paid salaries may help fleet managers gauge the pay expectations of drivers. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Pay

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:49 PM | » Comments(0)

Heavy Hauls Follow Tragic Train Wreck Near Tacoma

Blog news and commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Siemens diesel-electric locomotive was lifted from southbound lanes of I-5 and placed aboard a huge double-drop transporter. Rescuers spray paainted code letters after they searched the cab. Screen capture from YouTube.com, Puget Sound Rail Productions.

December 28, 2017

Permitted weight of the locomotive move was 585,000 pounds, said the CEO of Oxbo Inc., which hauled away the battered engine.

Tags: Heavy Haul, Dropdeck Trailers, Specialized Equipment, Flatbed Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:10 PM | » Comments(0)

7 Top Trends from 2017

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Two top trends -- ELDs and the driver shortage -- collided with driver protests in early December. Screenshot from WSYR TV

December 28, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, HDT Editor in Chief shares her picks for the top trends and stories of the year. Many of these will continue into 2018 and beyond.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:36 PM | » Comments(1)

2018: Year of the Roads?

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Road work ahead! Photo: Deborah Lockridge

December 22, 2017

If 2017 was for trucking the year of the fearsome electronic log rule, then 2018 may well end up being the year of the awesome infrastructure bill...

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

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, December 22, 2017 2:21 PM | » Comments(2)

Truck and Trailer Side Guards Being Pushed and Sold

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Seattle DOT's concrete mixer truck has a Walker Blocker side guard to close the gap ahead of the rear tandem's wheels.

December 21, 2017

Side guards add weight and cost, and might never come into play in months and years of service. One could say the same about most safety equipment - but accidents do happen. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Underride Guard, Safety, Truck Side Guards, Side Guards

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:36 PM | » Comments(1)

Looking Back at ‘17: Electrification, Autonomous Technologies in the Works

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

December 21, 2017

In 2017, we reported on a number of products and technologies that we'll likely be seeing on the road in 2019 or later. HDT's Deborah Lockridge highlights some of these announcements in the areas of electrification and autonomous technologies in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Electrification, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:19 AM | » Comments(1)

A Rolling Tarp Might Have Worked for an O-O's Special Load

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Rolling tarps retract either forward or aft to allow a flatbed to be loaded normally. Then, when rolled back and locked, the cargo is protected as though it were in a van. Photos: Tom Berg

December 14, 2017

Chameleon Innovations' literature says the firm offers inside widths of up to 104.4 inches and heights of up to 144 inches, plus custom dimensions to suit a customer’s operations.

Tags: Flatbeds, Tarping, Flatbed Trailers, Pulltarps, Rolling Tarp Systems, Chameleon Innovations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:28 PM | » Comments(0)

ELDs, Truck Drivers, and the Power of a Hashtag

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, HDT Editor in Chief

Screenshot of broadcast from WSYR-TV

December 5, 2017

If the hashtag #MeToo was able to change the national conversation about sexual harassment, could #ELDorMe have the same kind of power for drivers protesting mandatory electronic logging devices? Read more in All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Owner-Operators, ELD Mandate, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 5, 2017 1:06 PM | » Comments(5)

Problem Solvers Aim to Pave Way for Infrastructure Bill

Blog Commentary by Executive Editor David Cullen

Could an actual piece of infrastructure legislation soon appear on the horizon in Washington, DC?

December 1, 2017

The little-known Problem Solvers Caucus may play a big role getting an infrastructure package through Congress, says David Cullen in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, December 1, 2017 3:52 PM | » Comments(0)

When 8.38 MPG is Even More Impressive Than You Think

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Tammy Newcomer, center, with Jet Express President Kevin Burch, left, and Vnomics' Ed McCarthy. Photo: Vnomics

November 28, 2017

What's in a number? When it comes to fuel economy, mpg is only part of the story. Deborah Lockridge explains in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Vnomics

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:13 PM | » Comments(1)

The Tesla Semi: Lots More Sizzle, Still No Steak

Blog Commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park

Image: Tesla

November 20, 2017

Seven months after we were teased with a ghostly image of Tesla's ersatz electric semi, we still don't know anything substantive about it. Maybe that's all we need to know, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Tesla Semi, Cummins, BYD, Motiv Power Systems, TransPower, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, November 20, 2017 9:07 PM | » Comments(7)

ELDs, Hours of Service, Detention – And Data

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

November 14, 2017

What can data from electronic logging devices tell us about the effect of detention times? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Drivers, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, Detention Pay, ELD Mandate

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:03 PM | » Comments(5)

Truck Driver Gets the Blame in Driverless Shuttle Bus Crash

Blog commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park

November 9, 2017

Media outlets are reporting a collision between a driverless shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer in Las Vegas just hours after the bus was unveiled - and the truck driver was blamed. Equipment Editor Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Accidents, Shuttle Bus, Las Vegas, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:46 AM | » Comments(5)

At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking to ATA committee in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

October 24, 2017

You could certainly be forgiven if you were attending the American Trucking Associations’ annual confab here in Orlando this week and thought you’d made a wrong turn and stumbled into one of those partisan party retreats that Capitol Hill denizens hold somewhere outside the Beltway every now and then. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Trump Talks Taxes – but What about Roads?

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: via Twitter, @realDonaldTrump

October 12, 2017

Trump deploys trucks to talk up taxes – but shouldn't trucking take him to task on funding infrastructure? David Cullen wonders in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Tax Reform, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, Legislation

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:16 PM | » Comments(3)

Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED talk in Vancouver on April 29. Source: Twitter

May 2, 2017

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:00 AM | » Comments(3)

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(3)

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)

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