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Thin-Walled Fuel Tanks Feed Another Fiery Truck Wreck

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tractor hits the barrier and begins a violent dismantling. Driver of the small white van really got an eyeful.

August 21, 2017

One news anchor thought it was a "tanker explosion." But the trailer was a lowboy, and the fire was fed only by the tractor's saddle tanks.

Tags: Accidents, Fuel Tanks, Safety, Fiery Wrecks

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, August 21, 2017 12:13 PM | » Comments(2)

The Race to 10 MPG

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Sharp Transport driver James Thorne is trying to get 10 mpg with Cumberland International's C10 demo truck. Photo: Sharp Transport

August 21, 2017

Last year, our annual special June fuel issue focused on the question of how feasible it was to hit 10 mpg in real-world operations, not a million-dollar concept SuperTruck. This summer, a couple of initiatives are putting that to the test.

Tags: Fuel Economy, NACFE, MPG

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 21, 2017 5:58 AM | » Comments(4)

‘Oh, Shift!’ What Slamming On The Brakes Will Do

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Stack of steel members slipped forward and rammed the tractor's sleeper. It could've been worse. Images: Tom Berg, from YouTube

August 10, 2017

What do you do when the load on the trailer shifts, ramming your sleeper just behind you? Thank the Lord that the stack of steel didn’t stab you in the back. Then call for a wrecker. Tom Berg muses on the topic in his latest Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Flatbeds, Safety, Load Securement, Wreckers, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:54 PM | » Comments(1)

Meritor Looks to Electrified Future

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Meritor CEO Jay Craig talks to CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer. Screen shot

August 10, 2017

Meritor, in the midst of a three-year push to unveil 20 significant new products as part of its growth strategy, is also looking to a not-so-distant future where electrification will be a major factor in commercial trucks.

Tags: Meritor, Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:04 AM | » Comments(0)

Unboxing New Volvo Truck Sets Records in More Ways Than One

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Photos: Volvo Trucks

August 4, 2017

What’s more compelling than watching someone walk between two moving big rigs on a highline? Watching a giggling curly-headed 3-year-old open the world’s biggest box to unveil a shiny new Volvo tractor-trailer, apparently.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 4, 2017 11:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Quick Feet Help in Parking Trailers with this Machine

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

The Dutch device can move a trailer weighing up to 20 tons, according to the company's website.

August 3, 2017

V-Move Electrotrekker is a walk-behind (and -ahead) device from Verhagen Leiden, an outfit in Holland. It's electric powered and runs on 36 volts.

Tags: Trailers, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Terminal Tractors

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, August 3, 2017 5:49 PM | » Comments(0)

Speed Kills — But You Can Help Stop It

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

“You can’t tackle our rising epidemic of roadway deaths without tackling speeding,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt, “and you can’t tackle speeding without the most current research. Speed kills." Photo: Minnesoto DOT/Julie Bottolfson

August 1, 2017

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board points an unwavering finger at the deadly toll that speeding by motorists keeps taking on our highways. Executive Editor David Cullen looks at the report in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB, Speeding

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, August 1, 2017 2:30 PM | » Comments(6)

10 Die in Trailer in Latest Human Trafficking Incident

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Border Patrol agent uses a laser thermometer to read the temperature near the trailer's ceiling. It registered 143.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

July 26, 2017

It might have been 130 degrees or more inside that trailer. How long can anyone stand that? It’s amazing anyone survived.

Tags: Reefers, Human Trafficking

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:15 AM | » Comments(7)

How the Right Training Can Help Promote Trucking as a Profession

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge

July 26, 2017

Ongoing training is an important element of advancement in most professions. Yet all too often in our industry, truckers view training as punishment. Deborah Lockridge talks with one company about how online training can make a difference.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

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, Donald Trump, TransComply

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

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)

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)

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)

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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