‘Platooning’ Tractor-Trailers Raise Questions at TMC Meeting

Productivity, safety and fuel economy could be increased by running trucks together. But is it practical?

Image: Volvo Trucks

October 1, 2015

ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council just adopted a White Paper: Automated Driving and Platooning Issues and Opportunities discussing where development is and what its prospects are.

Tags: Productivity, Fuel Economy, Truck Platooning

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:00 PM | » Comments(0)

The Power of Dressing for Success

Could a uniform actually help drivers be better at their jobs? (Photo: Walmart)

September 30, 2015

Drivers' appearance has an effect on trucking’s image – but did you know that in addition to affecting other peoples’ perceptions of you, how you dress can affect how well you do your job?

Tags: Drivers, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:08 PM | » Comments(2)

Sleep Apnea in Truckers Continues to Confuse

Are doctors going overboard in sending drivers for expensive sleep studies?

September 25, 2015

Are doctors going overboard in sending drivers for expensive sleep studies? Deborah Lockridge explores this topic in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Medical Examiners, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 25, 2015 5:48 AM | » Comments(0)

Are Small Trucking Companies Missing Out on the Recovery?

Expensive equipment, e-logs and other regs are tough on small fleets.

Photo by Evan Lockridge

September 24, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports that despite record freight and revenue levels in the trucking industry, small fleets are going out of business or being gobbled up. Deborah Lockridge asks for readers' experiences and predictions in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Small Fleets, ELDs, E-logs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:12 AM | » Comments(0)

Trooper Builds Relationship with Truckers Through Facebook Page

September 23, 2015

"These guys are out here on the road 24/7, so are we. Why not make it a better working relationship?"

Tags: Indiana, Image, Enforcement

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:48 PM | » Comments(2)

Tri-Axle Trailers and Economics in the 'Market'

Another trailer axle would add 11,000 pounds of gross weight, but does it make dollars and sense?

Regular road tractors can pull tri-axle trailers with gross combination weights as high as 100,000 pounds in Maine, says Hartt Transportation.

September 21, 2015

The strongest argument against heavier rigs is the lack of payback due to low revenue from stingy shippers. That's the "market" at work.

Tags: Productivity, Trailers, Size and Weight, Vehicle Safety Regulations, Longer Combination Vehicles

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2015 8:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Help Driver Appreciation Video Go Viral

September 17, 2015

Can this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week video reach a million views by the end of the week?

Tags: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:59 AM | » Comments(1)

Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

FlowBelow Aero devices control air flow and boost economy by 3%, says Indian River Transport.

Wheel covers and fairings between and behind the tractor tandem's wheels reduce turbulance and save fuel.

September 9, 2015

Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an aero system for the tractor tandems to help smooth the air flow over the trailer.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Tankers, FlowBelow, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, September 9, 2015 5:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

Computational fluid analysis interpreted air flow over the trailer panels’ surfaces, finding some drag produced by rivet heads.

As trailer aerodynamics improve, the small amount caused by air flow over sidewall surfaces will become more important. Art via Lord Corp.

August 26, 2015

Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving

You’d think the woman driving the van would’ve seen the rig sitting there with its tail and marker lights on, and its red-and-white reflectors aglow from her van’s headlights.

In spite of the underride, the van's driver door opened and the motorist removed that way. Photo: Tom Berg, image via WCMH-TV

August 14, 2015

Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Underride Guard

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, August 14, 2015 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Daredevil Shatters Record with 166-foot Truck Jump

Photo courtesy of Mike Ryan Motor Sports.

July 28, 2015

Equipment Editor Jim Park, can think of a lot of things he'd like to do in a big truck, but jumping over a 160-foot abyss isn't one of them. In his 'On the Road' blog he explains he'll gladly leave that to the professionals.

Tags: Freightliner, In the Media

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Were Those Old Trucks Really as Good as We Remember?

Still one of my favorites, this example, a 1980 International Transtar Eagle, belongs to Steve Constantin of Hamilton, Ontario. Photo by Jim Park

July 9, 2015

A weekend at an antique and classic truck show opens up the floodgates and the memories of 20 years on the road come flooding back. Equipment Editor Jim Park makes a few seat-of-the-pants comparisons of the truck he used to drive to the trucks we're driving today.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Classic Truck, History, Cabovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:10 AM | » Comments(3)

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)


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