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Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

July 24, 2016

The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites.

Tags: Politics, Infrastructure Funding, The White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence

Now being developed for aircraft and cars, the concept has fuel-saving possibilities for tractor-trailers, its backers say.

Actuators installed on the top and sides of a van. They will work with swing and roll-up doors.

July 22, 2016

Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks.

Tags: Trailers, Aerodynamics, P.S.I.

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2016 8:15 AM | » Comments(0)

Autonomous Truck Development Marches On

"We want people who start a trip to finish it."

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is Daimler's latest entry into the autonomous commercial vehicle realm.

July 21, 2016

Autonomous Tesla big rigs and a self-driving bus ... and what's the federal government going to do about regulating this fast-changing technology? Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Tesla Motors, Daimler AG, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:24 AM | » Comments(1)

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(4)

Drivers Behaving Badly

July 20, 2016

There are bad apples in any profession, but the visibility of tractor-trailers tends to result in more media coverage. There were a few real doozies this week that Deborah Lockridge highlights in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Image, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Changing Perceptions, One Mind at a Time

Truck safety advocate Ron Wood rides with veteran Walmart driver Carol Nixon. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking.

July 18, 2016

When it comes to changing perceptions about trucking, nothing beats a hands-on show-and-tell experience. Read about what one association is doing in this arena in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Image, Women in Trucking, Truck Safety Coalition

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2016 9:50 AM | » Comments(1)

Keeping Ice Cream Cold’s Especially Important This Month

July is National Ice Cream Month. Act now or act soon to get special deals on this happy food. Of course it comes by truck.

For many years, Ralphs rigs have carried all manner of foodstuffs to the chain's stores throughout southern California. It's now owned by Kroger. Image: Ralphs Grocery Co.

July 17, 2016

Barry, a Ralphs driver, rejected a load because it was too warm. He was especially conscientious, but his action exemplifies care shown by workers all along the "cold chain."

Tags: Reefers, Food and Beverage Fleets, Transport Refrigeration

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Electronic Measuring Devices Warn If Obstacles Are Too Low

OWL and Giraffe gauge wires and bridges above, and could make poles obsolete, their makers say.

OWL magnet-mounts on the roof of a pilot car and is plugged into a laptop with an operating program. It knows how far from the road it is, and includes that in its vertical obstacle measurements. Photo: LSA Autonomy

June 29, 2016

In many states, rigs carrying oversize loads are escorted by pilot cars, some of them equipped with poles to gauge overhead obstructions. There are better ways.

Tags: Technology, Oversize Loads

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:55 AM | » Comments(2)

Inventor of Flip-Type Placards Retires at Age 95

Abe Samuels devised an easy way for carriers to display proper hazmat labels for many types of dangerous goods.

June 21, 2016

It was a challenge when a carrier transported a mixed load of various dangerous goods that needed to be identified. Today there are nine categories of hazards with 24 divisions among them.

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Hazmat, Labelmaster

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:08 AM | » Comments(1)

Earthquakes, Highways and Washington State

Damaged portion of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) at Gavin Canyon after California's Northridge earthquake in 1994. By Robert A. Eplett from the FEMA Photo Library.

June 21, 2016

As if we didn't have enough to worry about when it comes to our crumbling infrastructure and how it holds up to everyday traffic, in Washington State they're asking the question: What happens if there's a major earthquake? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Natural Disaster

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:29 AM | » Comments(0)

7 Clues That Game of Thrones is Really About Hazmat Shipping

June 16, 2016

Like the many battles on the television show Game of Thrones, it also can be a battle to correctly and compliantly ship Dangerous Goods and hazardous materials. Find out why in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Hazmat

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:56 PM | » Comments(2)

Lift Gate Trailers Can Load Normally with New 'Lok' Device

Jeffrey Soule perfected his Liftgate-Lok over months of designing and testing. Its bar "fought the Dok Lok to a tie," he declared.

Liftgates do not have a place that dock restraints can grab onto, so many safety-minded shippers will not load them. This greatly cuts backhauling opportunities.

June 13, 2016

Lift gates cannot mate to dock restraints because they lack attachment points for the hooks, so shippers won't load the trailers, until now. Tom Berg has the details in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Lift Gates, Dock Restraints

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 13, 2016 6:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Could House Caucus Drive Forward Self-Driving Trucks?

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

April 29, 2016

Although the makeup of its initial members as well as its stated goals strongly suggest its main focus will be on benefiting the auto industry, the new bipartisan House Smart Transportation Caucus may also help put autonomous trucks on the nation’s highway.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2016 1:15 PM | » Comments(1)

Some Shippers Serve Up a Different Take on Green

The Jolly Green Giant of General Mills Image: generalmills.com

April 8, 2016

Eleven natural food suppliers plus outdoors outfitter Patagonia are urging the proposed Phase 2 round of GHG/MPG standards be tightened and sped up.

Tags: Phase 2 GHG Proposals, EPA, NHTSA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 12:55 PM | » 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)

Cosmo and the Woman Trucker

Rusty Dow, a Corps truck driver, traversed the Alaska Highway during the 1940s. Image: Army Corps of Engineers

February 9, 2016

Cosmopolitan is not where most would-be truckers will turn for advice on launching a career behind the wheel.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women Drivers

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Highway Trust Fund Run Dry in 5 Years?

The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the end of 2021.

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 8, 2016

A new projections from the Congressional Budget Office about where the Highway Trust Fund will be by the end of 2021 illustrates the inherent flaw in how Congress chose to fund the FAST Act. David Cullen explores the ramifications in his "Passing Zone" blog.

Tags: Congress, Congressional Budget Office, AASHTO, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

Life with ELDs will be an easy transition for some, not so easy for others. Photo by Jim Park.

December 10, 2015

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | » Comments(1)

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(1)

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