American and Canadian rules require stuff in a van or reefer to be tied down, but it’s out of sight and can be overlooked by inspectors.
November 30, 2016
Like here, tying down the goods is a concern in Europe, because a dominant German trailer builder recently displayed a van with numerous securement options aboard. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:22 AM | »
November 29, 2016
In Volvo's latest promotional stunt video, the goal is to maintain a precise speed that allows pro paraglider Guillaume Galvani to stay in flight behind the Volvo FH rig on a highway in the Croatian Alps.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:52 PM | »
November 18, 2016
Listen carefully when you hear a politician or a lobbyist speak of “infrastructure.” To really mean anything, that big ugly word has got to be qualified.
Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2016 12:47 PM | »
After an election season where accusations of sexism were an issue, it's more important than ever to recognize the smart, talented, hard-working women in our midst.
November 16, 2016
The trucking industry is largely celebrating the election of Donald Trump as president, thanks to his promises to reduce industry regulation and invest in infrastructure. But what about his oft-reported attitude toward women? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking Blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:03 AM | »
November 14, 2016
There’s dropping trailers, as in hook-and-drop operations, and there’s dropping a trailer, as in whoops! In his Trailer Talk blog, Tom Berg looks at two recent product announcements aimed at addressing the potential of trailers coming loose from fifth wheels.
Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 10:47 AM | »
November 14, 2016
We highlight several stories that appeared in the mainstream press this week, dealing with hair testing for drugs and alcohol colliding with religious beliefs; what UPS and FedEx are doing to speed e-commerce deliveries; and a couple of the latest items about autonomous trucks.
Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 6:27 AM | »
November 8, 2016
Executive Editor David Cullen takes a look at how this election may shake at in statehouses across the country in his Passing Zone blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2016 1:21 PM | »
November 7, 2016
Executive Editor David Cullen shares his thoughts on a new survey on what issues are most likely to make it through Congress next year, no matter who wins the White House, in his Passing Zone blog.
Posted @ Monday, November 7, 2016 2:33 PM | »
Run off the tractor's wet kit, the hydraulically driven axle adds traction in rough conditions and can eliminate 4x4s used by some European operators.
November 4, 2016
“SAF Trak” axle is powered from the tractor’s hydraulic wet kit. On the trailer, two hydraulic motors, one at each axle end, turn the wheels to help get the rig moving in slippery conditions.
Posted @ Friday, November 4, 2016 8:12 AM | »
If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something.
October 26, 2016
Pre-trips are supposed to be done before the vehicle is pulled away from a parking place and heads for the highway. In this blog from Senior Editor Tom Berg, we run through each item in a pre-trip inspection.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:49 PM | »
October 18, 2016
Of great interest to the trucking industry is the impact Donald Trump’s recent free fall in the polls may have on the reelection of key members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:49 AM | »
Hauling fuel for this company is a lot easier than dealing with heavy freight containers, says driver Jeff McMannus.
October 14, 2016
He stood at an open pipe at the tanker and held his hand in front of it, checking air as it flowed inside. During product loading, vapor-laden air is drawn out of the tanker to keep it from bursting.
Posted @ Friday, October 14, 2016 9:59 AM | »
A new take-charge chief leads the association during times of uncertainty and fast-changing technology.
October 13, 2016
The American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition wrapped up in Las Vegas last week, so Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has had a little time to reflect on the key themes of the many sessions, announcements and expo booths for her "All That's Trucking" blog.
Posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM | »
October 12, 2016
A recent editorial on speed limiters generated a flurry of comments. HDT's Deborah Lockridge shares some of them, and some more thoughts on this controversial issue, in her "All That's Trucking" blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:30 AM | »
The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | »
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.
Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 PM | »
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | »
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."
Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | »
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.
Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | »
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?
Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | »