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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)

A Fruehauf Lowboy Carried Palomar Observatory's Mirror

At 20 feet in diameter and weighing 28,000 pounds, the load was big, heavy and priceless.

Massive mirror was placed on a supporting and adjustment structure at the observatory. Photo via Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society

June 17, 2015

What transpired was a meticulously planned two-day journey involving Belyea Truck Co. and Pacific Crane & Rigging, plus support vehicles, California Highway Patrol motorcycle escorts, and cars bearing press reporters and photographers.

Tags: Heavy Haul, History, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6:00 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(7)

ULX40 Follows Trend Toward Mechanical Suspensions on Vans

New composite leaf springs should last longer than steel and ride almost as well as air-ride, SAF-Holland says.

Composite springs vary in shape and thickness across their length. ULX40, with 40,000-pounds capacity, comes with drum or disc brakes.

June 5, 2015

Air-ride's more complex and requires more maintenance, so some fleets that watch costs very closely never got on the air-ride band wagon.

Tags: Suspensions, SAF-Holland, Lightweighting, Trailer Suspensions

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 5, 2015 10:40 AM | » Comments(0)

Are Trailers More Aerodynamically Important than Tractors?

Experts agree that wind drag on trailers is more significant than what the tractor faces.

Photo via ATDynamics

June 1, 2015

ATDynamics, now part of Stemco, says 75% of wind drag at highway speeds comes from the trailer.

Tags: Trailers, Aerodynamics, Fuel Efficiency, Trailer Skirts

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, June 1, 2015 5:19 AM | » Comments(0)

The Bizarre Case of the Chameleon Carrier

May 27, 2015

A case of mistaken identity and murder charges in the wake of one defendant cooperating with federal investigators. Sounds like something from an FBI organized crime case – but this involved an out of service order by the DOT.

Tags: FMCSA, Imminent Hazard

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Truck Racing Returns

May 22, 2015

After nearly a month since its inaugural event, big rig racing -- returning to the U.S. after a 22-year hiatus -- is heating up with race events two weekends in a row.

Tags: Meritor, ChampTruck, Racing

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Piggyback Equipment at Pennsylvania’s Toy Train Museum

Trucks, on the road or on flatcars, are often part of model railroads, as Senior Editor Tom Berg found at the Toy Train Museum.

Photos: Tom Berg

May 7, 2015

There was a time when railroads were in the motor transport business, as their parent companies recognized that freight was being grabbed by fast, flexible long-haul trucks and they might as well grab some of the revenue.

Tags: Piggybacking, Trailers, Museums

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:29 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

Square Pegs, Round Holes: Trucking & Demographics

The study of demographics is the key to solving the driver shortage. That means more than counting down to the day when the last driver is hired.

Demographics gives us clues about why younger people do not want to become truck drivers. We can learn from those clues. Photo by Jim Park

February 4, 2015

As far back as 1996, it was abundantly clear that the driver shortage as we knew it then was nothing compared to what we face today. The driver shortage then was just a puff of smoke on the horizon. Today, we could say the torpedoes are in the water. It didn't have to be that way.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Image, Demographics

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:21 AM | » Comments(4)

Busted! How I Got Caught Littering -- Or So it Appeared

January 15, 2015

Sometimes things aren't exactly as they appear. Was Equipment Editor Jim Park really caught throwing something out the window on an Ultimate Test Drive video? Read the On the Road blog to find out.

Tags: Image

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:20 PM | » Comments(0)

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