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 | »
June 27, 2013
The Skagit River Bridge has a history of high-load strikes dating back to the 1970s. Probing reporters have found a litany of strikes, including one very similar to the impact that brought it down, have occutred as recently as last October..
Posted @ Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 20, 2013
DOT officers were diligently digging their way through fuel receipts and other bits of evidence to uncover the ugly truth: drivers were cheating on their logs in order to get home for the weekend.
Posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 13, 2013
Ultracapacitor engine starting systems represent a sea-change in how we view a truck's electrical systems. The only thing standing in the way of this apparently game-changing technology is our inherently conservative nature regarding new technology.
Posted @ Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 5, 2013
While you're getting dragged backwards through various knotholes in this year's RoadCheck 2013 event, take heart that a few local cops are patrolling the dumps and the Home Depot and Loews store parking lots looking cars with tons of gravel in their trunks or lifts of plywood on the roof.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 29, 2013
Trucks hit bridges every day. Why did the Skagit River Bridge fold up like a house of cards after a minor strike, and who's ultimately to blame? Jim Park wonders about the role of the pilot car driver in his "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 17, 2013
They've tried flashing lights, neon signs, low-impact barriers, but sometimes nothing seem to keep oversize trucks from squeezing into tunnels. Jim Park has more in his latest "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 7, 2013
There's a good reason we don't have enough parking spaces in this country, says Jim Park in his "On the Road" blog: Truckstop operators can't make any money with 10 acres under asphalt because trucking won't pay for it.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 AM | »
The lack of respect for truck drivers and the driver shortage go hand-in-hand.
May 3, 2013
Do you know what's lacking in trucking? Dignity. Simple dignity. If this sounds all soft and squishy, read on. I think I'll change your mind. A chance meeting outside my hotel lobby one evening during the Mid-America Trucking Show last month provides a clue on how to avert a pending disaster.
Posted @ Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 5, 2013
In his "On the Road" blog, Equipment Editor and former driver and owner-operator Jim Park wonders if three months of mandatory entry-level training would have made him a better driver.
Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 11, 2013
For the second time, two Canadian truckload fleets earned top honors in the Truckload Carriers Association National (maybe it should be International?) Fleet Safety Awards. In his "On the Road" blog, Jim Park muses on whether Canadian truckers have a leg up in safety, despite longer work days and bigger rigs.
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 5, 2013
Imagine a hybrid tire that can change tread patterns to suit the application, from a deep block lug for traction to a smooth rib for fuel efficiency, or a tire that runs just on its shoulders for optimum fuel efficiency or on a full tread face for better traction. How about a tire/wheel assembly that leans into a turn for better traction and stability? Equipment Editor Jim Park has a fun look at possible tires of the future in his "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Guest blog post by Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor
February 7, 2013
Politicians generally aren’t known as going against the status quo, but one is moving in that direction in an effort to stop jughandles, which he blames for gridlock at hundreds of intersections in his state, reports Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge in this guest post on the All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:00 AM | »
February 1, 2013
What do you think the aerodynamic penalty would be from a grab handle on the side of a truck that would help a driver climb up to a place he or she could safely clean the windshield? 0.0003%, maybe?
Posted @ Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00 AM | »
January 14, 2013
Unionized drayage drivers. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters just inked its first contract with a drayage company working near the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. Drivers' wages will immediately jump from $12.72 to $19 per hour. And that's just the beginning
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 12:00 AM | »