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Railcar Wins Swedish Steel Prize, But Wabash’s Entry Still Admirable

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, senior contributing editor

External spiral rails grab Helix Dumper's load-carrying tub and smoothly tip it to discharge the load, then set it back on the railcar's frame. This won the annual Swedish Steel Prize for Kiruna Wagon. Photo: Tom Berg, from Kiruna Wagon video

May 18, 2017

The Helix Dumper is a major advance and worthy of a prize. But I'd have voted for Wabash National's RIG-16 rear impact guard.

Tags: IIHS, Highway Safety, Sweden, Wabash National, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:08 PM | » Comments(0)

Airplane Hits Trailer in 'Amazing' Encounter

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

The airplane left part of its landing gear, including a wheel and tire, near the left-front corner of the 53-foot van. Photo: Sandusky Register

May 11, 2017

The plane came in too low and its landing gear clipped the top of the South Shore van, tearing off and embedding itself in the roof and side panels. The plane continued on and its pilot put it down safely on its belly.

Tags: Collision Repair, Trailers, Safety, Airports

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:00 PM | » Comments(0)

How Fruehaufs and Whites Once Hauled Unique Steel Houses

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Lustron's fleet included 200 White WC-42s (though the number was probably 160) and 800 custom-made Fruehauf flatbeds with racks and boxes. Vehicles were painted a vivid blue-and-yellow.

May 7, 2017

Trailers were loaded with panels and hardware as they left the assembly line, then hauled to their destinations. At building sites, parts that were needed first had been loaded last, so they came off in the exact order required for erection.

Tags: Private Fleets, Specialty Vehicles, Fruehauf, White Motor Co.

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, May 7, 2017 7:06 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(2)

Talking Trucking at the White House

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

America's Road Team drivers at the White House. Photo: ATA

April 28, 2017

So what was it like getting to park a couple of semi trucks on the White House Lawn and shake hands with the president of the United States? Deborah Lockridge shares some of ATA Chairman Kevin Burch's comments in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: ATA, Donald Trump, Infrastructure, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 28, 2017 2:29 PM | » Comments(2)

Truck Driver 'Didn't Know' He Was Dragging a Car

Blog Commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

It appears the car has been pulled up under the trailer's corner by its spinning tires. Like many truck-car accidents, the car's driver seems to be at fault. But still....

April 26, 2017

Checking the mirrors should be a normal part of driving, but maybe 'Mike' had other things to look at than the car caught up in his trailer. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:39 AM | » Comments(5)

Where Did the North Koreans Get Those Missile-Toting Trucks?

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Civilian version of Wanshan's WS51200 is meant for off-road hauling of timber, ore and fuel. But paint it olive-drab and outfit it with an erector-launch body, and the rough-terrain truck becomes a military threat.

April 18, 2017

Where did North Korea get its trucks and trailers to haul weapons? On the internet there are reports that the trucks and tractor-trailers were made in China, with – yikes! -- American and German components. Tom Berg explores the question in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Cummins, China, ZF, Military Vehicles, Military Trucks, North Korea

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:20 AM | » Comments(1)

How ELDs Could Help Fix Problems with Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The end of paper logbooks may be just what the industry needs to make its case about unrealistic hours of service regulations. Photo: Jim Park.

April 14, 2017

When it comes to addressing real-world problems with federal truck driver hours of service rules, we all know the government moves very slowly. The good news is, the controversial electronic logging device mandate could actually help the industry make its case. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 14, 2017 6:02 AM | » Comments(5)

Knight-Swift: A Merger of Mindsets

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

April 12, 2017

Executive Editor David Cullen says if any two companies were made for each other, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation were. After plowing through the transcript of the conference call held for analysts to disclose the impending birth of a new trucking behemoth — Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. — he explains why in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Knight-Swift, Mergers & Acquisitions

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:44 AM | » Comments(0)

CNN Highlights Trucking's Role in Fighting Human Trafficking

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Inland Kenworth will auction off a special KW T680 "Everyday Heroes" truck in June and donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking. Here the truck is on display at FlowBelow's booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting earlier this year. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

April 12, 2017

CNN tells the story of human trafficking through the eyes of a trucker who was responsible for the liberation of a 20-year-old abused and tortured sex slave. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media, Human trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Drivers Weigh in on Swift-Knight Merger via Facebook

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

April 11, 2017

Knight’s Facebook page was busy Monday with questions and answers about the big merger news with Swift. Deborah Lockridge has highlights in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:23 AM | » Comments(2)

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(4)

This Company Says It's Giving Truck Drivers a Voice – And Great Deals

HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge visits with One20 and TruckThat founder Christian Schenk.

Christian Schenk, center, with the One20 team, which aims to give drivers the tools and discounts that will help make their lives easier. Photo: One20

April 7, 2017

Christian Schenk is on a mission — to make drivers' lives better. In her All That's Trucking blog, Deborah Lockridge shares what she learned in a wide-ranging interview with Schenk on his One20 and TruckThat brands, which take an unconventional approach to being a driver advocate.

Tags: Drivers, MATS, One20

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 7:42 AM | » Comments(2)

EPA Aims to Toss Away SmartWay

Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

April 4, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, HDT's David Cullen weighs in on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to eliminate the agency's voluntary fuel-saving SmartWay program as part of budget cuts under the Trump administration.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, April 4, 2017 2:22 PM | » Comments(15)

For the Love of Robots

Poster for the production of R.U.R.(Rossum’s Universal Robots) by the Marionette Theatre, New York, 1939. Image: U.S. WPA Federal Theatre Project

March 29, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, HDT's David Cullen ponders whether self-driving trucks will just take away a job that very few people want anymore.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Robots

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

House Transpo Committee Boldly Goes Online

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

February 6, 2017

Despite its ultra-wonky clunkiness, “infrastructure” is a word that keeps right on trending hard inside the Beltway.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 6, 2017 2:24 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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