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European Cargo Securement Devices are Diverse

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.

Koegel equipped its Cargo display trailer with various types of load-securing devices for several kinds of freight. This one includes curtain sides and a fold-up roof tarp for side and top loading. Photos: Koegel

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.

Tags: Vans, Europe, Cargo Securement, Safety & Compliance, Van Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:22 AM | » Comments(1)

Volvo Does it Again With Paraglider Video

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.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, In the Media, Volvo I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Whose Infrastructure— Ours or Theirs?

The Trump infrastructure plan calls for spending $1 trillion-- but how much on what remains to be explained. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

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.

Tags: Highway Funding, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2016 12:47 PM | » Comments(0)

Celebrating Strong Women in Trucking

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.

Tags: Women in Trucking, Donald Trump

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:03 AM | » Comments(1)

Lights Help with Hooking Up, But Inspections Still Necessary

Whoops! Landing gear collapsed and the trailer fell on its nose as a tractor pulled away.  Photo: "Trailer James" via YouTube.com

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.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Vehicle Safety, Drop and Hook, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 10:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Autonomous Trucks, Hair Testing and E-Commerce in the News This Week

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.

Tags: In the Media, Hair Testing, Autonomous Vehicles, E-commerce

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 6:27 AM | » Comments(0)

Outside the Beltway: Tour the Statehouse Battlegrounds

Colorado State Capitol Building, Denver. Photo: Colorado Tourism Office

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.

Tags: State Legislation

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2016 1:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Hope for Highways Inside the Beltway

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Highway Funding, Election Day

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, November 7, 2016 2:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Powered Trailer Axle Provides an Off-Road Boost

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.

The 4x2 tractor can't get the rig moving on a slippery upgrade, so the trailer's powered rear axle provides a boost. Photo: Tom Berg from SAF-Holland video

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.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Dump Trailers, Global Trucking

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, November 4, 2016 8:12 AM | » Comments(1)

Can You Remember Every Pre-Trip Item?

If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something.

It's not likely that there's anything wrong with this brand-new flatbed, but check it anyway. Photo: East Mfg. Co.

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.

Tags: driver safety, Vehicle Safety, Flatbed Trailers, Pre-trip Inspection

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:49 PM | » Comments(1)

Will Trump Effect Unseat Key House Transpo Leaders?

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Chuck Schumer

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:49 AM | » Comments(4)

For Tankers, 'Vapor Recovery' Works Two Ways

Hauling fuel for this company is a lot easier than dealing with heavy freight containers, says driver Jeff McMannus.

Driver Jeff McMannus checks progress as he delivers a load of biofuel through an appropriately green hose. He was careful to avoid spills. Photos: Tom Berg

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.

Tags: Biodiesel, Environmental Protection Agency, Trailers, Biofuels, Tankers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, October 14, 2016 9:59 AM | » Comments(0)

5 Takeaways from ATA MC&E

A new take-charge chief leads the association during times of uncertainty and fast-changing technology.

Chris Spear addresses ATA MC&E as its president and CEO. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Economy, Active Safety Systems, Big Data, Truck Platooning, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Speed Limiters Redux

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits, Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:30 AM | » Comments(2)

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)

Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

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.

Tags: Politics, Infrastructure Funding, The White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 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)

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)

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)

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