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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)

Media Roundup: A Cold Case, Record Stunt Jump and More

July 28, 2015

Deborah Lockridge shares stories from local media that provide a pleasant break from the usual fare of tractor-trailer wrecks, lawsuits and anti-truck editorials.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trailer Weight Cutting Suggestions Total 2,500 Pounds

How many of these items are usable in your van trailers?

Aluminum crossmembers instead of steel can save 203 pounds in a van or reefer, according to ICCT's list. Another 430 pounds can be slashed by using aluminum in the upper coupler assembly, but the kingpin remains steel. Photo: Tom Berg

July 22, 2015

While poring through more than 1,300 pages of proposed regulations, staffers found themselves immersed in details of trailer design, including weight reduction.

Tags: Trailers, Size and Weight, Regulations, GHG

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Containers Get Second Lives as Homes, Offices, Warehouses

These steel boxes are exceptionally strong, fire resistant and weatherproof, and deserve to be repurposed instead of going to scrap.

Photo by Tom Berg

July 17, 2015

Containers are made of heavy gauge steel and make excellent structural components. And they’re far cheaper and “greener” than buying traditional materials like lumber for that purpose.

Tags: Intermodal, Containers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, July 17, 2015 12:00 AM | » 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(1)

The Army Uses Serious Rigs to Haul Armored Vehicles

Armored vehicles can “road march” to battlefields, but suffer high rates of wear and tear when doing so. It’s far better to carry them.

M1000's five axles are mounted along most of its bed length. Loading ramps are part of the trailer's equipment. Photo from U.S. Army via YouTube

July 9, 2015

The U.S. Army operates some of the more serious tractor-trailer combinations in the world, as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog. The M1000 gooseneck trailer, for instance, weighs 50,000 pounds before it's even loaded.

Tags: Military Trucks, Heavy-Haul Trailers, Trailers, Military

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hitches a Ride in 18-Wheeler

July 6, 2015

Fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. got a peek into life on the road in the cab of a big rig last week as the NASCAR driver tweeted about riding to the Daytona race in the passenger seat of one of the race team's haulers.

Tags: NASCAR, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 6, 2015 8:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Designing, Testing Tires for Drop-Deck Trailers Challenging

Spread tandems sometimes generate extreme lateral forces, and drop-decks use smaller sizes that are especially vulnerable to damage.

Wide-spread tandems, especially on drop-decks, can subject tires to extreme lateral forces in sharp turns. Photo via Utility Trailer Mfg.

July 2, 2015

Dropdeck trailers with spread-axle tandems are torture on tires. Tom Berg explores one tire maker's quest to design a product to stand up to the beating in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dropdeck Trailers, Trailers, Tires

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, July 2, 2015 1:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Uber, HOS Data Seen as Ways to Address Capacity Crunch

June 24, 2015

Some interesting articles about trucking capacity have landed in Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's in-box recently, as she reports in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Electronic Logging Devices, In the Media, Capacity

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 24, 2015 5:47 AM | » Comments(2)

Samsung System Tells Motorists When It's Safe to Pass

Ever get stuck behind a semi you want to pass? You'd appreciate the large-screen TV on its rear doors.

June 22, 2015

Many traffic accidents in Argentina happen when motorists try to pass slower vehicles on two-lane roads.Here's a fix.

Tags: Samsung, driver safety, Passenger Cars, Technology

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 22, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Fuel Efficiency, Driver Issues In the Media

June 22, 2015

A roundup of some recent trucking-related articles in the mainstream press in the latest All That's Trucking blog post.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, In the Media, Driver Pay, A. Duie Pyle

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 22, 2015 6:43 AM | » Comments(0)

Is 'Abused Driver Syndrome' Rampant in the Industry?

June 8, 2015

When Tony Keller went to work for Oregon-based Combined Transport he had a hard time understanding why turnover was so high. Learn what he did in Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Combined Transport, Driver Recruiting

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 8, 2015 7:06 AM | » Comments(9)

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)

What's the Best Thing Ever to Happen to Cargo Securement?

February 26, 2015

Of all the rules truckers must abide by, the cargo securement rules are likely the most often misinterpreted. In many cases, citations result not from willful neglect or negligence, but from simple ignorance or misunderstanding. And it's not always only the driver who's to blame.

Tags: Cargo Securement, CVSA, Canada

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:51 AM | » Comments(0)

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