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High School Students to Compete Alongside the Best Truck Drivers in Maine

Maine may be the only state to have a truck driving championship for high school students.

Coverage of the April 13 competition from WABI TV 5.

May 3, 2016

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about the need to get people interested in the trucking industry while they’re still young, before they have a chance to get out of high school and embark on a different career. In Maine, several vocational schools teach high-school students how to drive -- and the best of them will get to show off their skills later this month as part of the state driving championship.

Tags: Driver Training, National Truck Driving Championships, Driver Shortage, Maine, Truck Driving Schools

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 3, 2016 2:26 PM | » 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(0)

Snow Doesn’t Stop Poland Spring's ‘Safety Blitz’

Bottled water rides in trailers, and the shipper wants them all shipshape.

Hook and drop operations are hard on landing gear, so they're checks for bent bracing and legs, missing pads and worn gear drives.

April 26, 2016

Senior Editor Tom Berg braves the cold and freezing moisture to watch inspectors check equipment important to this transportation segment.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Fleet Safety, Vehicle Inspection

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:06 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Black's Popular for Heavy-Haul Trailers

In any display of lowboy and other heavy-haul trailers, the dominant color is black. And there are two reasons, says the president of Rogers Brothers Corp.

Rogers 70-ton platform-deck lowboy is painted black, the standard color for many heavy-haul trailers in the industry. Photo: Rogers Brothers Corp.

April 20, 2016

"You spray one coat of paint over a checkerboard test panel and if you see the checkerboard underneath, you need to spray another coat. With black, it’ll cover in one coat."

Tags: Vehicle Paint, Paint, Rogers Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:52 PM | » Comments(0)

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)

A Lot of Thought Went Into This Tanker

"They track better when the axle’s up,” the driver said. “And they turn corners easier.”

Mac trailer's forward axle is raised when the tank's empty. Note also the shrouding around the hoppers and the stairs.

April 7, 2016

On the road last month, Senior Editor Tom Berg spotted a pneumatic tanker trailer with some non-traditional features. He shares some insight from the driver in his latest Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fuel Economy, Mac Trailer, Lift Axle, Tire Inflation

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:20 AM | » Comments(3)

Thermo King Solar Panels Keep Batteries Charged

Got Power? ThermoLite panels make sure you do.

A single 26-watt panel is the smallest one, but two larger panels are available to generate addiational wattage, hermo King says. Photo: Thermo King

April 1, 2016

Devices are aimed at reefer use, but there's almost no limit on how they can be employed, the company says.

Tags: Solar Power, Thermo King, Reefers, Solar Charging

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, April 1, 2016 10:36 AM | » Comments(0)

A Flatbed Ford Is on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona

A park commemorates a verse from the '70s Eagles' tune, and it's been drawing tourists since the late '90s.

1960 or so F-500 is clean and at least cosmetically restored. Nose emblem has a lightening bolt, indicating there's an inline 6 under the hood.

March 28, 2016

It wouldn't be complete without the F-500 stakeside, of course, and that's the first thing I went to.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Ford, Arizona

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, March 28, 2016 3:00 PM | » Comments(2)

Drivers at Risk for Mental Illness?

Photo: Flickr user Bjørn Bulthuis

March 23, 2016

"No matter the cause ... being involved in an accident can leave lasting mental scars. Being in a wreck—or even seeing one—can cause enough stress and anxiety to become a diagnosable mental illness, like acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)." Read more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Driver Health

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:20 AM | » Comments(2)

Bernie Sanders vs. Trucks – and the Importance of Context

March 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders may need a little education on the essentiality of trucks, but contrary to what you may have heard, he's not calling for a ban. HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Railroads, Politics, Climate Change

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:49 PM | » Comments(9)

The Infrastructure of Autonomous Vehicles

Freightliner's Inspiration Truck uses lane markings to keep the truck in the lane.

March 9, 2016

With all the buzz about the future of connected vehicles and driverless cars and trucks, there's an important component that needs to be addressed, and that's the infrastructure these vehicles need to interact with.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Another Example Showing Tolls Aren't the Answer to Highway Funding

March 4, 2016

News out of Texas is a perfect example of why turning to toll roads and public-private partnerships is not the answer to the highway funding dilemma.

Tags: Texas, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Toll Roads

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 4, 2016 6:24 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

Whole Lotta Leasin' Goin' On

TRALA member firms own one of every four Class 2-8 commercial trucks now on the road. Image: TRALA

January 11, 2016

Anyone who knows trucking knows an awful lot of the trucks running around this big country are not owned by the company whose name is stenciled on the truck’s door or emblazoned, logo and all, along the side. Maybe even more than you think, says David Cullen in his latest Passing Zone blog post.

Tags: Leasing, TRALA, Truck Rental

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, January 11, 2016 2:15 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(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)

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