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Mack, Meet Mack: NFL's Khalil Mack Builds Excitement for New Truck

Blog Commentary By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

July 21, 2017

How many times have you heard someone compare a football player to a Mack truck? It seems inevitable that at some point Mack’s marketing team would think about teaming up with a football player. And when the football player also is named Mack? Well, how can you resist that? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Mack Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 21, 2017 8:23 AM | » Comments(0)

Truck Washing's a Growing Business, Especially at This Company

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Custom-bodied Class 6 trucks are heavy enough to carry water and equipment, but don't require CDLs to operate.

July 20, 2017

Fleet Clean USA CEO Scott Marr, now 27, ran a part-time washing business and realized that he made more money washing trucks than working at a bank. Learn more in Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Fleet Management, Maintenance Management, Truck Washing

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:13 AM | » Comments(0)

Old Dominion's Baseball Trailer Promotes Series Sweepstakes

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Trailer was vinyl wrapped for the trip to Miami and the All Star Game. Wraps came off at Marlins Park. Tractor is a Freightliner New Cascadia.

July 11, 2017

A special Duraplate van has heavy plexiglass panels to reveal its sporty load. Guess the number of baseballs and win World Series tickets. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Equipment, Old Dominion Freight Line, Wabash National

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Where U.S. Trucking Fits in the Global Emissions Puzzle

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Ploger Transportation, an HDT Top 50 Green Fleet for 2016, is a participant in the NACFE Run on Less program. Photo: Ploger

July 7, 2017

A new report says heavy trucks are the missing piece in the global vehicle emissions puzzle. But the U.S. trucking industry is well ahead of the game, contends Deborah Lockridge in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Fuel Efficiency, Diesel Emissions, Alternative Fuels, In the Media, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, July 7, 2017 12:34 PM | » Comments(2)

Be a Virtual American Trucker with New Game from Germany

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Images via astragon Entertainment

July 7, 2017

TransRoad: USA, Trucks and Trailers, puts players in the executive seat of a virtual trucking company, starting by choosing virtually appropriate equipment for a virtual haul.

Tags: Games, Trucking

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 7, 2017 7:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking and CSA Reform: The $64,000 Question

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: FMCSA

July 6, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen explains why even with a mandated report recommending reform, trucking should not expect any quick changes to FMCSA's CSA enforcement scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Vigillo, TransComply, President Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, July 6, 2017 3:36 PM | » Comments(0)

Choptank Transport Helps Mentor Future Leaders

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Choptank employee volunteers for the Junior Achievement program: Jennifer Daniels, Matt MacCoy, Marcia Wood, Linore Brice and Mandy Legg (not shown: Steve Covey, Scott Kirtland, Jordan Welzel). Photo: Choptank

June 26, 2017

When it comes to improving the image of the trucking industry and getting young people interested in pursuing careers, it’s hard to beat the personal approach of being involved with your community’s youth. Read about one 3PL's efforts in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: 3PL, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 26, 2017 12:32 PM | » Comments(0)

Film Promotes Pennsylvania RR's TrucTrain Service in the 1950s

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

The guy on the running board is there strictly for the camera, because drivers in piggyback terminals were very good at backing trailers onto flatcars. Photo: Pennsylvania Railroad/Classic Trains

June 23, 2017

Trucking is called "a great industry," and footage shows how many trailers were traveling by rail instead of on crowded highways. That's still a good idea.

Tags: Piggybacking, Intermodal, Driver Shortage

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 23, 2017 6:14 AM | » Comments(0)

'Bomb Carts' Haul Containers at Busy Port of Charleston

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

TICO terminal tractor and shuttle chassis carry off a pair of 20-foot ocean-going containers. The trailer can also carry  a single 20- and a single 40-foot "box." Photo: Tom Berg

June 16, 2017

A Pro-Shuttle has a floor of stout steel beams with short, slanted sides that guide a container into place as the gantry crane lowers it. For the short trips within the port, containers are not tied down. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Ports, Containers, Port Trucking, Container Chassis, TICO, Intermodal

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 16, 2017 1:22 PM | » Comments(1)

New York Times Paints Portrait of Truckers' Lives on the Road

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Screenshot via New York Times website.

June 12, 2017

The New York Times recently ran a piece about the lives of truck drivers that may not have helped raise the profile of truck driving as a potential career, but it and a follow-up piece did paint a colorful portrait of the life of a trucker, as Deborah Lockridge explains in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media, Image, Truck Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 12, 2017 3:25 PM | » Comments(1)

Trump Sticks to Vague Infrastructure Script

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: U.S. DOT

June 7, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen gives his take on the latest words on infrastructure from President Trump.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:05 PM | » Comments(0)

'Welcome to Washington...'

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

President Trump's 2018 Budget Photo: White House Office of Management and Budget

May 25, 2017

Are we on a highway to nowhere? In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen delves into what President Trump's budget proposal has to say about fixing and building America's roads and bridges.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, May 25, 2017 2:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Recharge Your Brain for Better Business

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

May 25, 2017

Skimping on vacation may be the worst thing you can do for your business, your career, and your mental health. In her All That's Trucking blog, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge follows up on the HDTX keynote speech with some thoughts on giving your brain what it needs to be innovative.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:39 AM | » Comments(0)

Seeing Safe Driving and Self-Driving as Going Hand in Hand

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Mercedes Benz Actros cabover fitted with Daimler AG’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous-driving system. Photo: David Cullen

May 4, 2017

An engineering expert contends that contends that autonomous driving and vehicle safety advances shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. David Cullen has more in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: NPTC, Autonomous Vehicles, University of Alabama

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:21 PM | » Comments(0)

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)

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)

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(2)

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)

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)

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