Almost from the day she took office, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro became a lightning rod for all the ill will on both sides of trucking's fence.
July 29, 2014
Trucker-turned-editor Jim Park gives his perspective of Anne Ferro's tenure as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -- and some chilling thoughts about her potential replacement -- in his "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM | »
July 16, 2014
There is no excuse whatsoever for a driver striking a low bridge if the obstruction is accurately marked. That obviously wasn't the case with the Skagit River Bridge and there's only one doorstep on which to lay that blame.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | »
If you don't have the moral high ground to successfully challenge a citation, the result could come back to bite you.
July 1, 2014
This amusing video surfaced on YouTube recently. In his On the Road blog, Jim Park compares it to a parable of sorts about glass houses and throwing stones. In this case, the bad guy had the humility to admit he was wrong, but it doesn't always go so smoothly.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | »
May 14, 2014
A driver was caught on video recently in a hair-raising battle with a prairie wind. And this time the driver won.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | »
April 9, 2014
Excessive sitting has been implicated in increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, disability, depression, weight gain and even some cancers. Just what drivers need to hear.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 AM | »
April 4, 2014
Ann Ferro's curiosity over in-cab distraction is well-founded, but who will decide how much is too much? Equipment Editor Jim Park muses on the topic in his latest "On the Road" blog post.
Posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00 AM | »
March 18, 2014
HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park had a few breakdowns during his driving career, but never with a brand new truck. A lesson learned with a brand new computer shows how vulnerable we can be to technology, as he shares in his "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:00 AM | »
February 26, 2014
If it's not bad enough that drivers seldom have the time to eat properly and exercise, escalating fuel costs are driving fleets to buy fuel where it's cheapest, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog. Those places specialize in fast turn-over take-out food, not necessarily the food drivers need for a healthy, balanced diet.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM | »
February 4, 2014
A tire service technician was killed when he was run over by the truck he was working on. Could more regulations have prevented the tragedy? Possibly, but so could better communication and a little more awareness of what goes on in a repair shop, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:00 AM | »
January 30, 2014
With 55 winters under his belt, Equipment Editor, Jim Park is amused by the expectation that life should continue like normal in places where they hardly ever see snow.
Posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 AM | »
January 10, 2014
Nobody likes being told when to go to sleep and when to wake up, especially when you're not naturally inclined to do one or the other. HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park lived with trucking's hours of service rules for 20 years, and in this On the Road blog post, he compares trucking HOS with a new set of hours of service rules for pilots.
Posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00 AM | »
December 31, 2013
Equipment Editor, Jim Park, shares his thoughts and experiences about the fund raising truck convoys that happen in the fall. He says these events show a side of drivers the public and some in the industry rarely see.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00 AM | »
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." --William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5.
December 20, 2013
As a writer, our Equipment Editor, Jim Park, has a good imagination. He swears, though, that on two particular occasions, he wasn't imagining anything, when he suddenly got the urge to do something totally out of the blue. It was good that he did, too.
Posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 12:00 AM | »
December 12, 2013
Equipment Editor Jim Park, has seen his share of calamity on snow-covered highways. He got through his 20 years of driving unscathed, but the point of view from the driver's seat is a little different that that of a traffic camera mounted dozens of feet in the air. Park says this ringside-seat video provides a new perspective on winter driving.
Posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 AM | »
November 27, 2013
Equipment Editor Jim Park has had a CDL for 35 years. But does he know how to really drive a truck? We may never know until the day comes when he has to put his skills to the test.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM | »
October 29, 2013
VIDEO -- Equipment Editor Jim Park recently found a truck route that reminded him of the importance of good driver training. Suspend your disbelief for a few minutes, pretend the sound of Jim's motorcycle engine is a Jake Brake, and join him for a trip down a truly hair-raising hill.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
October 21, 2013
It's easy to look back nostalgically at trucks that our grandfathers drove. Spend a day in one like Equipment Editor Jim Park did recently and say you wouldn't kill for an an automated transmission and an air-ride seat. Read more in Park's "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Monday, October 21, 2013 12:00 AM | »
October 8, 2013
What conclusion is the reader supposed to come to when two sets of properly conducted and documented fuel economy tests yield significantly different results? It would be easy to dismiss one of the tests as inaccurate, but that would still not answer the question, which one is wrong? What if both of them are right? A recent news article published such test results and yielded a significant discrepancy. A week-long deep-dive into fuel economy testing and real-world fleet results reveals that we s
Posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 AM | »
September 5, 2013
Drivers are repeatedly reminded that they are in short supply, but Jim Park asks why the industry is not responding as it should to tight supply conditions.
Posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
August 27, 2013
The National Truck Driving Championships and the North American Inspectors Championship are great showcases for industry skill and expertise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in his "On the Road" blog why it's too bad these competitions don't appeal to a broader audience.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 AM | »
August 12, 2013
Television and trucking have always had a tenuous relationship. This week, a Discovery Channel expose all but guarantees the industry another black eye. In this week's blog, Jim Park questions the value to anyone of dredging up four old kidnap and murder cases involving longhaul truck drivers.
Posted @ Monday, August 12, 2013 12:00 AM | »
August 7, 2013
Equipment Editor and former over-the-road driver, Jim Park, ponders how FMCSA will cover its tracks when the crash rate actually goes up because of the new HOS rules.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 AM | »
July 23, 2013
"My first shot at going backwards resulted in something resembling a sheet-bend knot. My second attempt was better. More like a half-hitch knot, but still nowhere near the target." In his latest "On the Road" blog post, Equipment Editor Jim Park gets his hat handed to him by a seasoned British driver after boasting that backing an articulated truck can't be that difficult.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 AM | »
July 15, 2013
" Since a 13-liter diesel engine with 40 tons in tow will never match the get-up-and-go of a Porsche 911 GT3, we G-force junkies have to get our fix with air disc brakes." Equipment Editor Jim Park got the chance to test the stopping power of several European trucks with air disc brakes on a trip to Europe last week, and he shares the experience in his latest "On the Road" blog post.
Posted @ Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 AM | »
July 3, 2013
This story is a follow up to a blog Jim Park wrote a little over a year ago about a fellow, Carlos Cruz, who was a struggling lease-purchase driver. He wasn't making any money and was about to walk away from the truck when he decided to try some of the fuel saving tips he had read about and heard about on the radio. Today, his 90-day average is over 8 mpg, and his personal loaded best at 75,000 GVW is 9.7 mpg.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »