All That's Trucking

Pegging the BS Meter in the Restart Battle

December 5, 2014

"The American public will pay with their lives and their wallets if Congress gives in to the anti-safety agenda of trucking interests." Deborah Lockridge writes about why that and other quotes from a press release from "safety" advocates are BS in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Hours of Service, Teamsters, CRASH, U.S. Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 5:38 AM | » Comments(0)

Christmas Tree, Trucking's Image Make Way to Capitol for Holidays

The special 75-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is loaded onto a heavy duty trailer – expandable to 80 feet – and coupled to a Kenworth T880, Kenworth’s flagship heavy haul vocational truck. Photo: Kenworth

November 3, 2014

Last Thursday, more than 300 people celebrated the harvesting of the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree before it was loaded onto a tractor-trailer for a special tour on its way to Washington, D.C. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, PeopleNet, Image, Minnesota Trucking Association, Trucking Moves American Forward, ALK

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 3, 2014 12:10 PM | » Comments(0)

This Volvo Video's No Bull

October 16, 2014

Running with the bulls -- in a Volvo medium-duty truck? Deborah Lockridge has more in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, In the Media, Medium-Duty Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)

Do Drivers With Sleep Apnea Have to Use a CPAP Machine?

October 13, 2014

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a malady affecting many truck drivers, the standard treatment has long been the C-PAP device, a continuous positive airway pressure. But many find it cumbersome, and some companies market oral appliances to treat the condition. Will they meet new federal guidelines for treating apnea?

Tags: Driver Health, Sleep Apnea, Regulations

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Guest Commentary: Why Governments Should Recruit Trucking and Logistics Companies

Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, wants to know why state governments don't worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company.

Greg Fulton.

September 15, 2014

We're turning over "All That's Trucking" today to Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, who wants to know, why don't state governments worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company?

Tags: Image, Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Author: Greg Fulton | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 7:08 AM | » Comments(0)

Goodyear Picks New Truck Mooring System for its Blimp

Needing a reliable truck tough enough to easily handle mooring the Goodyear Blimp, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company chose a modified Mack Granite model as a mast truck for its iconic cargo.

September 8, 2014

What does a Mack Truck have to do with the Goodyear Blimp? Deborah Lockridge explores the topic in her "All That's Truckikng" blog.

Tags: Goodyear, Vocational, Mack, Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Fiery Crash Video Paints Portrait of Brave and Caring Truckers

August 19, 2014

A dash-cam video that surfaced this week of a trucker's reaction after witnessing a fiery crash paints a portrait of truckers that's good for the industry. Deborah Lockridge explains in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Accidents, Image, I-10, Mississippi

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Another Exec Gets a Taste of Life on the Road

From left, Marne Keller-Krikava from J.J. Keller, Ellen Voie, who heads up Women In Trucking, and Deb Anderson from Schneider National. Photo: J.J. Keller/WIT

August 15, 2014

An announcement about J.J. Keller's president riding along with women truckers prompts a blog post from Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge about the importance of connecting with truckers.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Meeting a Walking Oshkosh History Museum

Here's a guest post from Senior Editor Tom Berg about an interesting character he met on a recent assignment.

Clarence Jungwirth will be 95 in October, and has worked at Oshkosh Truck since 1945.

August 14, 2014

Senior Editor Tom Berg guest-writes the All That's Trucking blog with a story of an interesting character he met recently while on assignment.

Tags: Oshkosh, People, History

Author: Tom Berg, Senior Editor | Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

CNBC Series Provides Lopsided Portrayal of Truck Safety

A still from one of the CNBC reports.

August 7, 2014

A CNBC series called "Collision Course" has drawn a heated response from the American Trucking Associations, which called it "an outrageously inaccurate image" of the industry. Here's what Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has to say.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Anne Ferro, Safety & Compliance, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking and Scouting: A Great Match

A Boy Scout checks out Jeff Clark's truck at the Walcott Trucker's Jamboree. Photo: Trucker Buddy

August 5, 2014

As a former Girl Scout, a Girl Scout leader for the past three years, and a trucking editor for 24, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge is thrilled to see continuing efforts to educate young people in both Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting about the trucking industry.

Tags: Trucker Buddy, Image, Women in Trucking, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Chicago Truck Crash Triggers Scrutiny of Logbooks, Coercion

July 29, 2014

A Chicago-area truck crash that killed four has led to local attention to federal hours-of-service rules, the mandatory electronic logs proposal, and federal efforts to address coercion of drivers to break the law. Deborah Lockridge has more in her On the Road blog.

Tags: Accidents, Safety, Hours of Service, Illinois, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Carriers in the Driver's Seat for Shippers Looking for Preferred Status

July 22, 2014

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge says her inbox delivered a sure sign that there's a capacity crunch -- advice to help shippers get "preferred" status at motor carriers.

Tags: Transplace, Shippers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

President Touts Smart Highways and Vehicles in Infrastructure Push

July 16, 2014

Tuesday, President Obama took a quick trip across the Potomac to visit the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a facility in McLean, Virginia, that focuses on highway technologies that help make driving safer and smarter.

Tags: Infrastructure, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, Highway Funding, Self-Driving Vehicles, President Obama

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Growth of Rail Intermodal

July 9, 2014

An article in DC Velocity says domestic intermodal "appears to have come of age." Deborah Lockridge looks at the issue in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Intermodal, Shippers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

A Chat with Chinese Truckers at a Shell Roadshow Near Shanghai

Chinese trucks are larger, more powerful and more comfortable than they used to be. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

July 7, 2014

Chinese truckers talk about how trucks have changed in their country over the past two decades during Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's visit to a "truck park" near Shanghai.

Tags: Drivers, China, Truckstops, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver Shortage: Already Over the Cliff?

One fleet manager is reporting signs of an extreme driver shortage in his area.

(Photo by Jim Park)

July 1, 2014

One fleet manager says the driver shortage is even worse than is publicly being reported, with rates going through the roof on some lanes, because both fleets and shippers want to maintain a competitive advantage.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Freight Rates

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Should the Government Increase Minimum Insurance Coverage Requirements?

June 13, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it's time to raise motor carrier insurance minimums. This week the House of Representatives said, not so fast. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at some of the pros and cons in her All That's Trucking Blog.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. Congress

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Bad Timing, Tracy Morgan Media Frenzy Bad News for Restart Opponents

Comedian Tracy Morgan in a 2009 photo by David Shankborn via Wikimedia Commons.

June 11, 2014

The crash that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his vehicle has generated a media frenzy about last week's move to suspend a controversial portion of the new hours of service regulations. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at the situation in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, Fatigue, In the Media, Image, 34-Hour Restart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

I Came to an Engine Teardown and Learned About Barbecue

Robert Smith from Pitt's and Spitt's shows off BBQ brisket waiting for lunch in the custom-made Shell Rotella rolling barbecue pit.

May 14, 2014

So what do engine oil and competition pit barbecue have in common? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge finds out for her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Engines, Engine Oil

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

One Fleet's Quest for Fuel Savings

A peek at the strategy behind Mesilla Valley Transportation's high mpg numbers

Aerodynamic TrailerTails are just part of an exhaustive fuel-economy spec at Mesilla Valley Transportation. Note the wheel covers.

May 9, 2014

Royal Jones was an 18-year-old truck driver when he founded a trucking company in 1981 with truck mechanic Jimmy Ray. The two, who also were race car drivers, Webb said, "were early on obsessed with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency."

Tags: Fuel Economy, Fleets, Aerodynamics, Mesilla Valley Transportation

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Dangerous Byproduct of the Energy Boom

And we're not talking about flaming water faucets.

Special fracking sand is just one of the items transported by truck into and out of the shale fields.

May 6, 2014

Fracking may be a boom opportunity for trucking fleets carrying water, sand, chemicals and other supplies to the oil and natural gas fields, but all those trucks cause problems on area roads.

Tags: Accidents, Safety, Image, Fracking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What Happens When Highway Funding Runs Out During an Election Year?

House Speaker John Boehner faces a daunting task getting House committees and the factions of the Republican Party to all work together to get a highway funding bill passed. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

May 1, 2014

Remember the "fiscal cliff" and what a political fiasco that was? Well, a major political news and analysis website is predicting that dealing with the highway funding crisis in an election year is going to be just as bad.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Politics, Infrastructure Funding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Helping Truckers Break the Law

April 28, 2014

In the weeks before the Mid-America Trucking Show, our email is awash with invitations from companies who are introducing new products and want to set up an appointment to talk about it. One such invitation got Deborah Lockridge hot under the collar.

Tags: Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Speeding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(9)

Are You Staying on Top of Your Fuel Invoices?

April 22, 2014

Are you concerned about the accuracy of your fuel invoices? If you are, you have plenty of company, according to one recent survey.

Tags: Fuel Cards, FuelQuest, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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Deborah Lockridge

Editor in Chief

All That's Trucking blog is just that – the editor's take on anything and everything related to trucking, with the help of guest posts from other HDT editors. Author Deborah Lockridge's career as an award-winning trucking journalist started in 1990.

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